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81 arrest warrants issued after 18-month drug probe (West Valley City, UT): One of the largest drug distribution rings along the Wasatch Front in recent memory was brought down Wednesday by local and federal authorities following an 18-month investigation. The investigation, dubbed "Operation West Coast," culminated Wednesday when 81 arrest warrants were issued for people believed to be involved in the multimillion-dollar drug operation that stretched from Utah to California to Mexico.
Source: Deseret News    Date: May 27, 2004

Gang graffiti, crimes mulitply (Salt Lake City, UT): According to Salt Lake City police, a recent increase in gang graffiti may be a precursor to gang battles on the streets. "I can't remember seeing this much gang graffiti and this amount of disrespect between gangs since 1997 or 1996," an officer said, adding that the two factors correlate to crime rates that have risen sharply for the second year in a row. Statistics show a 21.9 percent increase in graffiti from 3,981 cases in 2002 to 4,854 cases last year, paired with a 22.8 percent increase in all other gang crime, from 1,252 cases to 1,538 cases. Gang crime rose 50.5 percent in 2002. The majority of the graffiti is believed to be young gang members attempting "stepping stone crimes."
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: April 7, 2004

Straight Edgers characterized as terrorist threat (Salt Lake City and Ogden, UT): Straight Edge is Utah's largest gang and thought to be a terroristic threat, police are reporting. Hundreds of teenagers in Salt Lake City and Ogden align themselves with the 20-year-old Straight Edge movement, which advocates clean living devoid of smoking, alcohol, drugs, and promiscuous sex. The majority of those teens are law abiding, an officer said, but some commit violent crimes in small packs, usually assaulting those who smoke or drink. According to police, the gang was considered a domestic terrorist group after a series of violent attacks in the mid-to-late 1990s when Straight Edgers firebombed a McDonald's and a leather store, blew up a mink farm, and murdered a teenager for smoking in downtown Salt Lake City. Recently, they have been linked to multiple beatings, involving high school students in the Kearns area.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: April 2, 2004

Man killed, another hurt in shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): One person was killed and another seriously injured in what police say was a gang-related shooting in a west Salt Lake City neighborhood. The two victims, in their late teens or early 20s, were known gang members and believed to have been on a porch when they were shot. No arrests have been reported.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: March 28, 2004

Boy is hit by car, then possibly shot (Salt Lake City, UT): Police are investigating an alleged gang-related incident in which a boy was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. After hitting the victim, a man exited the vehicle and fired about eight rounds from a handgun at the boy. Police are unsure if the victim was struck by a bullet. The shooter returned to the car and left the area.
Source: Deseret News    Date: March 24, 2004

Suspects sought in shooting in West Valley (West Valley, UT): West Valley police were looking for suspects in a gang-related shooting that left a 23-year-old man wounded. Officers were originally called to a fight in progress at a house, a call that was upgraded to a shooting while they were en route. The man's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
Source: Deseret News    Date: March 7, 2004

Shooting suspect charged (Salt Lake City, UT): A 19-year-old man has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and theft for his alleged role in a shooting in Salt Lake City. According to court records, the man used a taser gun to take a man against his will to a home. When the owner refused to answer the door, the man allegedly fired a handgun through the wall, hitting the owner. Police believe the incident is gang-related. The suspect was arrested at his residence that evening. A stolen shotgun and handgun used in the shooting were found in the trunk of his car.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: March 5, 2004

Fun Dome shooting gets teen life term (Murray, UT): A 16-year-old gang member, who shot into a crowd of 17 people last year outside Murray's Fun Dome, was sentenced to prison for up to life. The boy fired at least 17 bullets at a group of boys following a verbal altercation. Three of the victims were family members celebrating a birthday. The boy's getaway driver, age 19, was sentenced last year to one year in jail.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: March 3, 2004

Shooting called gang-related (Salt Lake City, UT): A 17-year-old boy was arrested after firing a gun through the wall of a home and hitting a 19-year-old man in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. The 17-year-old boy knocked on the victim's door and fired one round. Both the suspect and the victim have criminal histories and are believed to be members of a gang. Police also believe that the shooting involves a drug dispute.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: February 29, 2004

Youth gets prison for murder at 15 (Utah): A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to five years to life for murder and one to 15 years for aggravated assault in a shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead and his brother injured. In August, the boy and his friends had a minor confrontation with the victim and three family members at an auto parts store. The boy left but then returned with the gun hidden under a jacket. He started shooting when the man approached. The boy is a member of the King Mafia Disciples gang. Prosecutors say the victims have no gang affiliation.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: February 10, 2004

Party ends in shooting (Syracuse, UT): Syracuse police arrested ten people in what was believed to be a gang-related incident at a party. Police were still investigating the cause of the fight, which involved racial insults. At least two people are facing felony charges after a 26-year-old man was shot. A 27-year-old, who rented the home for the party, was charged with aggravated assault, illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a container, and intoxication. A 22-year-old was also charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. Two other men, ages 19 and 33, were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice, and the remaining six were booked on suspicion of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: December 2, 2003

Getaway driver in shooting gets jail (Salt Lake City, UT): The getaway driver for a 16-year-old boy who fired a gun into a crowd at Murray's Fun Dome was sentenced to one year in jail. The shooting, which sent four people to the hospital, was the result of a Laotian gang fighting with Hispanic young men. The girl, who denied being a gang member, said that she had no idea her friend was going to fire shots, but the prosecutor argued that she knew she was associating with Laotian gang members who had a reputation for carrying and using guns. She pleaded guilty to second-degree felony obstruction of justice and three counts of third-degree felony discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and was facing a potential prison term of up to 30 years. She received a break because she cooperated with police in their case against the 16-year-old shooter, who has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and aggravated assault in adult court and is to be sentenced next month. The judge also ordered the girl to complete 150 hours of community service and pay her share of at least $21,161 in medical expenses incurred thus far by a 4-year-old boy, who was injured during the shooting and may require additional medical care.
Source: Deseret News    Date: November 11, 2003

Arrests made in connection with fatal shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): Three men were arrested by police for their involvement in what was probably a gang-related shooting that left one man dead at a Kimball Junction nightclub. One suspect was a member of the Glendale Tongan Crip gang, while the other two were alleged rival members of the Baby Regulators gang. A deputy said that when the shots went off in the club, the music was so loud that nobody knew a gun was fired.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: October 17, 2003

Gangs Inc. (Utah): After reaching a four-year low in 2001, gangs in Utah have increased since 2002, and the trend seems to be continuing in 2003. This increase comes after a subdued period from the late '80s to the mid '90s, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project reported. There were 4,044 documented gang members in Utah in 2002, down from 1998 when the number of gang members peaked at 4,446 but up from 2001. According to the latest statistics from the Metro Gang Unit, the average gang member in Utah is 18 to 24 years old, although many gangs are starting to recruit 14- and 15-year-olds. About 45 percent of the documented gang members in the state are Hispanic, 30 percent are Caucasian, 9 percent are Pacific Islander, 6 percent are Asian, and 6 percent are black. Surenos 13 is one of the most violent and most active among Hispanic gangs. The Baby Regulators and the Tongan Crip Gang are among the largest and most violent of the Polynesian gangs. Of Asian gangs, the Tiny Oriental Posse and the Original Laotian Gangster have been the most active, mostly feuding with one another. In 2003, there were 60 documented gangs, and 35 to 40 of them were actively committing violent crimes. With the Utah population growing and the relocation of young men and women from Southern California and Chicago, officials fear they have a hard road ahead.
Source: Deseret News    Date: October 12, 2003

Boy shot in head (Clinton, UT): Police are investigating a possible drive-by shooting that wounded a 16-year-old boy. The teen was walking through Meadows Park in Clinton when he was shot. Police have no leads on suspects but said that they wanted to talk to the people that took the boy to the hospital. They are not considered suspects.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 11, 2003

RICO Act gets gang leader life prison sentence (Salt Lake City, UT): A gang leader, who was convicted of directing the King Mafia Disciples from behind bars in a series of violent crimes, is slated to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case marked the first attempt in Utah to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, the federal racketeering law, to take down a street gang member. He was convicted in federal court in May of conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering activity, and use of a firearm in a murder aiding racketeering activity. Prosecutors claim that the man, who was in state prison for a 1993 drive-by shooting, ordered fellow King Mafia Disciples to kill a rival gang member. On February 22, 1996, his followers went to a home where they believed their target lived and mistakenly shot and killed a 19-year-old man as he slept.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: October 7, 2003

Two men stabbed in street fight (Salt Lake City, UT): Police are investigating a possible gang-related attack in which two young men were stabbed. The victims were in a car when they pulled over and got into a confrontation with passengers from another vehicle. Witnesses told police that four men in a car pulled over near the victims, but only one committed the stabbing.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: September 25, 2003

Drive-by shooting puts West Valley teen in hospital (West Valley City, UT): Police are searching for a group that may have been involved in wounding a 17-year-old boy during a possible gang-related, drive-by shooting. The boy was standing in front of a house when a car approached, and someone from inside fired multiple shots. The boy's injuries were not considered life threatening.
Source: Deseret News    Date: September 25, 2003

A bewildering night of violence leaves guard hurt at mall (West Valley City, UT): An apparent gang fight left a mall security guard injured, police said. The incident began as two officers were dealing with an intoxicated man on the east side of the Valley Fair Mall, said an officer. The officers saw a fight break out just outside the mall entrance and pursued those involved. Police believe the altercation began inside the mall, where a man claimed he was approached by another man who identified himself as a gang member and flashed a gun. The alleged gang member was among six or seven people detained by police.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: September 10, 2003

Man shot in head in critical condition (Salt Lake County, UT): A 21-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot near his Salt Lake County home, authorities said. The man and two other people, who are all believed to be affiliated with gangs, were in a car traveling toward his home. As they pulled into a driveway, another car that had been following them passed, and someone inside began firing. Investigation is continuing.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune    Date: September 5, 2003

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