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Lawrence man gets two years for trafficking heroin (Boston, MA): A convicted heroin trafficker who is an associate of Haverhill gang members will spend the next two years behind bars. Jonathan Santiago, 31, of Lawrence, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Chief Judge Patti Saris ordered that he be placed on supervised release for three years after he leaves prison.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: March 11, 2016

Major gang takedown in NY has Mass. ties (Wareham, MA): Police in New York City are celebrating a major bust in the pipeline that brings heroin and cocaine to Massachusetts. Dozens of accused gang members have been indicted in what police call the largest gang takedown in the history of the Bronx.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: March 11, 2016

Worcester gangster sentenced to at least 15 years in slaying of rival (Worcester, MA): Rafael J. Rivera, who was found guilty of second-degree murder last month in the 2011 shooting death of Juan Melendez, was sentenced Wednesday to life imprisonment with a possibility of parole in 15 years.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: March 2, 2016

North County cities get grant to fight youth gang violence (Boston, MA): Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett have announced the release of $6.7 million in competitive grant funds to communities and local partners to bolster their efforts to combat gang violence.
Source: Leominster Champion    Date: February 18, 2016

Officials vow to protect East Boston after gang slayings (Boston, MA): Mayor Martin J. Walsh and other officials pledged during a public meeting in East Boston on Thursday night to work to protect the neighborhood, which has been devastated by the recent killings of three teenagers and the involvement of a notorious international gang in the brutal violence.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: February 12, 2016

Alleged MS-13 gang members waive bail hearing in Boston courthouse (Boston, MA): Three alleged members of a violent international street gang appeared in federal court Tuesday morning and agreed to waive their detention, meaning they will be held without bail for now.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: February 9, 2016

Police get $564G for gang initiatives (Lowell, MA): The Police Department is receiving $564,000 for anti-gang initiatives, the second state grant for Lowell police announced this week. The same program will distribute $60,000 to UMass Lowell for its main campus, and more than $32,000 for initiatives in Haverhill, Lawrence and Methuen.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: February 8, 2016

Methuen, Haverhill receive youth gang, violence prevention grants (Methuen and Haverhill, MA): Methuen and Haverhill were recently awarded $111,788 from the state's Gang Prevention Grant Program, funds Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon said would help continue a working partnership between the two cities in preventing youth violence. More commonly known as Shannon Grants, the competitive program is designed to support multidisciplinary approaches to and creating strategies for combating youth gangs and gang violence, according to the state.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: February 5, 2016

Worcester Gets $500,000 Grant for Gang Prevention (Worcester, MA): City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced this week Worcester Police Department will receive a Shannon Community Safety Initiative award in the amount of $506,992 to reduce citywide gang violence and youth crime.
Source: Worcester Patch    Date: February 5, 2016

Eastie Gang Members Are Target of Giant Federal Sweep (Boston, MA): One third of a violent street gang, allegedly responsible for the murders of three teens in Eastie since September, a number of shootings and other violent acts were apprehended during a federal sweep here and surrounding communities last Friday dubbed “Operation Mean Streets.”
Source: East Boston Times-Free Press    Date: February 4, 2016

Major Arrests by Feds,State Hit MS-13 in Chelsea, Elsewhere (Chelsea, MA): As Chief Brian Kyes stood at the podium in Boston’s Federal Court last Friday after an historic roundup, four years in the making, of key MS-13 gang members in Chelsea, Eastie, Everett and Somerville, he thought of one innocent single mother who had simply looked out the window of a battered women’s shelter when she heard fighting.
Source: Chelsea Record    Date: February 4, 2016

Three more MS-13 gang suspects swept up by feds (Boston, MA): Three more reputed MS-13 gang members have been hunted down after a bombshell federal indictment last week targeting dozens of suspects with the bloodthirsty group of suspected murderers and drug traffickers, the FBI said yesterday.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: February 3, 2016

Worcester Police Department, with Clark support, receives $500,000 to combat youth violence (Worcester, MA): The Worcester Police Department was awarded more than half a million dollars to reduce citywide gang violence and crime, Gov. Charlie Baker and City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. announced separately today. Clark University also went home with nearly $60,000.
Source: Worcester Magazine    Date: February 3, 2016

Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield get $1.3 million in state gang prevention grants (Springfield, MA): Springfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield have received $1.3 million in state grants for combatting gang violence.
Source: MassLive.Com    Date: February 3, 2016

Police: MS-13 gang not active in Cambridge (Cambridge, MA): Although two Cambridge residents have been arrested in a massive MS-13 gang bust, local police officials say the individuals had no prior criminal history in the city, and there is no indication of nationally affiliated gang activity in the city or its schools.
Source: Wicked Local    Date: February 3, 2016

Prosecutor: Everett teen murder suspects tied to MS-13 (Malden, MA): Two 17-year-olds charged in the execution-style killing of an Everett teen last month are affiliated with the violent global gang MS-13, according to prosecutors, who say a third suspect remains at large in the slaying.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: February 1, 2016

MS-13 targeting Hub high schools for recruitment (Boston, MA): The bloodthirsty Central American gang MS-13 is recruiting students at Hub-area schools, including East Boston High, to join their ranks as murderers and drug dealers in a horrifying conspiracy that federal officials warn has kids as young as 14 fearing for their lives.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: January 30, 2016

Ex-Boston detective sentenced in gang case (Boston, MA): A former Boston police detective who conspired with a fellow officer to obstruct an FBI inquiry into the Academy Homes Street Gang was sentenced in federal court Friday to one year of probation and a fine of $5,000, according to prosecutors.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 30, 2016

Officials announce indictments after morning raids (Boston, MA): Hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers arrested members of the MS-13 gang on Friday morning in the Boston area, federal prosecutors said. The operation involved more than 400 officers. Arrests were made in a variety of communities, including East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Revere, and Somerville, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 29, 2016

Gang Member in 'Female Body Inspector' T-Shirt Recaptured (Boston, MA): The cops caught him before the fashion police did. A member of the MS 13 gang wearing a blue T-shirt that reads "FBI: Female Body Inspector" was nabbed around noon Friday six hours after he escaped a Homeland Security sweep outside of Boston, according to NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston.
Source: NBC News    Date: January 29, 2016

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