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Prevention training with gangs, drugs, and human trafficking (Springfield, MA): On Tuesday April 12th at 3:00 p.m. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force will present a workshop called KNOWING THE TRENDS: DRUGS, GANGS, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING at the Springfield School Department’s Central Office on Main Street.
Source: WWLP 22 News    Date: April 12, 2016

Springfield seeing increase in human trafficking activity, experts tell Violence Prevention Task Force (Springfield, MA): The Pioneer Valley has a drug problem, a gang problem, and now is beginning to see a human trafficking problem. And it starts with children as young as age 13. "Every year they are getting younger and younger," said Nicolas Cotto, a Western Massachusetts gang intelligence expert.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 12, 2016

Pregnant suspect linked to Hyannis drug gang released (Boston, MA): At least two of the women arrested in the roundup of alleged Nauti-Block street gang members or associates are pregnant, according to testimony at their detention hearings Monday in U.S. District Court.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: April 11, 2016

A Hyannis street gang's road to drugs and murder charges (Hyannis, MA): “Dozens and dozens” of gang members from around the country pass through the doors of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, according to Sheriff James Cummings — so many that the jail asks them to declare their affiliations during intake to keep rivals in separate cells for safety.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: April 10, 2016

Springfield task force offers community workshop to tackle gangs, drugs, human trafficking (Springfield, MA): The Mayor's Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force is presenting a community workshop on Tuesday, April 12, to provide information and training on gang trends and anti-gang efforts, drug trends and the reemergence of opiates and heroin, and efforts to curb human trafficking.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 7, 2016

Bail revoked for reputed Springfield gang member, 25, with 31-page criminal and driving record (Springfield, MA): Reputed Latin Kings gang member David Reyes' six-page criminal record is gaining on his 25-page motor vehicle record.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 7, 2016

Law enforcement moved 16-year-old out of Chelsea before his brutal murder (Boston, MA): A high school student who was murdered in East Boston allegedly by the MS-13 street gang had been relocated by law enforcement before the gang’s members and affiliates tracked him down in central Massachusetts and killed him, according to federal court transcripts that contain details of the murder.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 6, 2016

Charges dropped against man accused in MS-13 murder case (Boston, MA): A mix-up in the federal sweep against transnational street gang MS-13 led to the wrongful arrest of a 21-year-old on murder charges, court documents show. Marvin Melgar, 21, was one of 56 alleged MS-13 gang members indicted on January 29.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 6, 2016

Feds: Sweep breaks up Cape Cod drug gang; 3 charged with murder (Barnstable, MA): A brother and sister and another man have been charged with murder and about a dozen others are facing drug and gun counts after a series of Tuesday morning raids on Cape Cod that state and federal prosecutors said broke up one of the region's largest drug gangs.
Source: CBS News    Date: April 5, 2016

Homicides reached a 10-year low in 2015. Why? (Boston, MA): The number of homicides in Massachusetts reached a 10-year low last year, and officials attribute the decline to focused attention on gang violence, drugs, and gun trafficking. Some also credit last winter’s epic snowstorms, which kept people off the streets. Overall, there were 133 homicides in Massachusetts in 2015, down from 146 in 2014, according to figures provided to the Globe by the State Police and departments in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Pittsfield.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 4, 2016

Feds, Suffolk DA in pursuit of seven Boston gang fugitives (Boston, MA): The hunt is on for fugitive members of a violent street gang facing drug and gun charges in a federal dragnet aimed at disrupting a years-long reign of terror over a South End neighborhood, authorities said.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: March 26, 2016

Do gang sweeps reduce violence? (Boston, MA): When the Deuce Boyz street gang started to terrorize the neighborhoods of Lynn in 2007, law enforcement responded with a coordinated predawn raid, arresting 17 of the most violent gang leaders.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 25, 2016

203 arrested in “Operation Full Throttle II” in Holyoke (Holyoke, MA): More than 200 people have been arrested and 8,000 bags of heroin have been taken off Holyoke streets since the beginning of the month, as part of an anti-crime push called “Operation Full Throttle II.”
Source: WWLP 22 News    Date: March 25, 2016

27 people, many of them allegedly affiliated with Lenox Street Cardinals gang, hit with illegal drug and firearms charges (Boston, MA): Federal and state law enforcement officials said Thursday they’ve lobbed illegal drug and firearms charges at twenty-seven people, many of them allegedly connected to the Lenox Street Cardinals street gang in the Lenox Street Housing development area in Boston’s South End neighborhood, a hot spot for violence in 2015.
Source: The Republican    Date: March 24, 2016

Alleged Worcester gang veteran sent up for 3 years (Worcester, MA): An alleged gang member who was found by a judge last year to be "violent, unpredictable and impulsive" has been sentenced to 3 years in state prison on gun charges.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: March 23, 2016

FBI wants iPhone unlocked in Boston gang case (Boston, MA): The fight between Apple and the FBI has come to Boston with agents going after an iPhone that belongs to a reputed Boston gang member accused of being a triggerman in a street feud that bloodied a rival.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: March 15, 2016

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

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