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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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MS-13 members convicted in Virginia court of murder, kidnapping and extortion (Alexandria, VA): A federal jury convicted six members of the gang MS-13, also known as La Mara Salvatrucha, for their roles in a kidnapping, murder and an extortion conspiracy in Northern Virginia.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: March 15, 2018

Comstock Leading Effort to Crack Down on Gang Activity (Virginia): Northern Virginia has the second highest gang activity in the country, and Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock says she’s seen it firsthand during a ride along with a regional gang task force. But she’s concerned that the Northern Virginia task force isn’t getting enough resources. She’s pushing a bill that pumps $15 million a year in grant funding to areas with high gang activity.
Source: WVTF Public Radio    Date: March 14, 2018

Man with long record, short fuse and alleged Bloods gang membership sentenced in federal drug gun case (Richmond, VA): On Aug. 3, 2015, Richmond police stopped an Oldsmobile Alero in Gilpin Court for running a stop sign in what would end up being an unlikely — but golden — second chance not taken by the driver.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: March 13, 2018

No evidence alleged Portsmouth gang leader threatened to kill a witness, defense says (Portsmouth, VA): A defense attorney claims there is no evidence her client threatened to kill a government witness last month as his racketeering trial kicked off in federal court, and took prosecutors to task for even suggesting it.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: March 12, 2018

Virginia police charge 44 people on drug, cash, gun crimes (Norfolk, VA): Police in Norfolk, Virginia have made 44 arrests for drug, cash and gun crimes after an 8-month investigation into a gang-related drug ring.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: March 9, 2018

Six MS-13 gang members convicted of murder in federal court (Alexandria, VA): Six members of the MS-13 street gang were convicted this week for their roles in the slaying of a Northern Virginia teenager they believed was a rival gang member.
Source: Martinsville Bulletin    Date: March 8, 2018

Why a Portsmouth gang member killed his childhood friend as part of a 33-day crime spree (Norfolk, VA): When Alvaughn Davis pulled up, he asked his fellow gang member for his gun. Anthony Foye had just shot and killed a man he'd known since he was 11, Davis said. So Davis wasn't taking any chances.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: March 7, 2018

More than $300,000 worth of cocaine seized, 10 arrested as part of multi-state drug investigation (Martinsburg, VA): After nearly a two-year investigation into a drug trafficking operation that spanned multiple states, 10 people have been indicted on a variety of federal charges, according to United States Attorney Bill Powell.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: March 7, 2018

Department hopes alternative to jail will help kids facing criminal charges (Richmond, VA): Some children in trouble with the law may get an alternative to jail time. The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice will soon launch a partnership with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club where kids could go to the club instead of facing a judge.
Source:    Date: March 6, 2018

Vienna police officer honored for anti-gang work (Vienna, VA): The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at its eighth annual awards ceremony and banquet dinner on Feb. 2 gave Vienna Master Police Officer Michael Finelli a “Meritorious Action Award” for work he did while on temporary assignment with the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force.
Source: Inside NoVa    Date: March 5, 2018

MS-13 gang members killed Virginia teen (Alexandria, VA): Several members of the MS-13 street gang will serve mandatory life sentences following their convictions in connection to kidnapping, murder, and extortion. The gang members targeted Carlos Otero-Henriquez, an 18-year-old Leesburg, Virginia resident, according to the Department of Justice.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News    Date: March 5, 2018

MS-13 Members Convicted Of Kidnapping, Murder, And Extortion (Alexandria, VA): Six members of the street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, were convicted today by a federal jury in Alexandria for their roles in a kidnapping, murder, and an extortion conspiracy in Northern Virginia.
Source:    Date: March 5, 2018

Police battle problem of rise in gangs in Danville (Danville, VA): Danville police are trying to solve a growing problem with gang activity that they say has contributed to an increase in violent crime in the city.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: February 27, 2018

He was flashing gang signs on Facebook. It got him killed by MS-13. (Alexandria, VA): Carlos Otero Henriquez told a friend he was a member of the 18th Street gang. On Facebook, he posted photos of himself flashing his gang’s signs. When members of the rival MS-13 gang noticed, the 18-year-old from Leesburg, Va., was targeted for murder.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: February 21, 2018

For MS-13 Gang, Gruesome Murders Are Standard (Leesburg, VA): An 18-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia, who posted photos of himself flashing his gang's signs on Facebook was viciously murdered in May 2016 by MS-13 gang members who were told by their leader they had to "kill a rival" to move up in the ranks.
Source: Newsmax    Date: February 21, 2018

Gang leader on trial in Norfolk threatened to kill a witness, feds say (Norfolk, VA): A Norfolk man accused of heading a violent street gang recently threatened to kill one government witness and tried to influence the testimony of another, a federal prosecutor said this week.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: February 16, 2018

MS-13 Member Testifies About Luring Virginia Teen to His Death (Alexandria, VA): A member of the MS-13 gang testified on Thursday that he and a group of men lured an 18-year-old to his death, shedding light on the crime and offering a revealing look into how the brutal gang operates in the D.C. area.
Source: NBC4 Washington    Date: February 8, 2018

Bedford County Sheriff agrees with President's sentiments on MS-13 crackdown (Bedford County, VA): President Donald Trump tackled gang issues during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., specifically focusing on the MS-13 gang.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: January 31, 2018

State of Gangs in Alexandria (Alexandria, VA): The Gang Prevention Task Force is a who’s who of legal and educational resources in Alexandria, several branches coming together to work towards eliminating gangs from the city. At its first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 17, the group reviewed the state of gangs in 2017.
Source: Connectin Newspapers    Date: January 30, 2018

Alexandria Teens Tied To Gangs Caught In Carjacking (Alexandria, VA): Two Alexandria teens tied with gang activity are facing charges after a chaotic carjacking in Springfield Wednesday. Fairfax County Police believe the two suspects stole a Honda Accord from a Prince William County driveway in the morning.
Source: Old Town Alexandria Patch    Date: January 25, 2018

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