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    ROME, Ga. (AP) — Seven Georgia jail inmates face additional charges after authorities say they physically and sexually assaulted another inmate. The Floyd County Sheriff's Office asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the alleged attack immediately after learning of it on Dec. 18. The seven men accused in the attack are all alleged to be members of the Ghostface Gangsters criminal street gang and each face a charge of participation in a criminal street gang in addition to the other charges, GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said in an email Wednesday. Two of the men are charged with aggravated sexual battery, while the other five are charged with party to the crime of aggravated sexual battery. During the investigation, one of the inmates threatened the life of the alleged victim, resulting in an additional charge of terroristic threats and acts, the GBI said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All...
    The Second-in-Command of the Massachusetts Latin Kings has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his lead role in finding and punishing gang members who spoke to the police. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Angel “King Big A” Roldan, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. Senior Court to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts. From at least 2018 to 2019, Roldan served as the “Cacique,” aka second-in-command, of the Massachusetts chapter. As part of his leadership role, Roldan was responsible for investigating "snitches," members who had allegedly provided information to law enforcement officials, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Once the information was gathered, and the status confirmed, it was Roldan’s job to organize physical attacks on them, both inside and outside of prison. During the investigation, Roldan was caught on camera selling a “cooperating witness” 100 grams of fentanyl and a firearm....
    An MS-13 gang member from El Salvador pleaded guilty last week to murdering a 17-year-old three years ago at a playground in a community about 13 miles north of Boston, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement Tuesday. Eliseo Vaquerano Canas, a 21-year-old national of El Salvador nicknamed "Peligroso," the Spanish word meaning dangerous, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, which is more commonly referred to as RICO or racketeering conspiracy. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for June 18, 2021. SLAIN YALE STUDENT LAID TO REST BY CONNECTICUT NATIONAL GUARD IN CEREMONY HONORING MILITARY SERVICE  As part of his guilty plea, Vaquerano Canas admitted that his racketeering activity involved participating in the July 30, 2018, murder of 17-year-old Herson Rivas in Lynn, Mass., while a member of the MS-13 gang, prosecutors said. Rivas...
    UPDATE: An ex-con who was captured by Paterson detectives became the latest member of the city’s notorious “230 Boys” gang to land in federal prison for slinging dope tied to dozens of overdose deaths. Cequan “Cee Cee” Wharton, 27, was sentenced to plea-bargained term of five years and three months, nearly all of which he must serve because there’s no parole in the federal prison system, for selling deadly fentanyl. He joins several other members of the violent street gang who were sent federal penitentiaries following an all-out law enforcement offensive on the streets of the Silk City and beyond. Wharton was among 17 reputed "230 Boys" members charged in a coordinated heroin, fentanyl and cocaine trafficking case assembled in the summer of 2019 by a strike force comprised of agents from the DEA, ATF and state, county and local law enforcement. The gang took its name from a central...
    Drafting Puebla / 02.14.2021 10:44:51 Following up on the comprehensive investigation to clarify multiple thefts from Oxxo stores in the metropolitan area, the Puebla State Attorney General’s Office achieved the process linkage of the leader of the band of « Los Jarochos » and of another accomplice, with whom there are four members of that group apprehended. The Prosecutor’s Office carried out analysis and intelligence tasks before the commission of different robberies from safes of the commercial chain, registered from March to September 2020, under the same modus operandi. When studying the behavioral pattern, the Agent of the Public Ministry, Experts and Analysts, they identified that the facts were committed by a band of more than ten members. The amounts of each robbery ranged from 200,000 to 400,000 pesos. With the information collected, the Metropolitan Investigation Office requested and obtained an arrest warrant against two of the allegedly...
    BOSTON (AP) — A former member of the Boston-based Devon Street Kings chapter of the Latin Kings gang has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation on racketeering charges, federal prosecutors said. Dante Lara, 29, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in November to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Boston. The Devon Street Kings, with about a dozen members, reported to the Massachusetts state leadership of the Latin Kings, providing information, structure, funds and other resources to further the gang's goals. Lara admitted to participating in the gang's drug distribution activities, prosecutors said. A federal grand jury in December 2019 returned an indictment alleging racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy and firearms charges against 62 leaders, members and associates of the Latin Kings. Lara is the 14th...
    Six individuals from a powerful gang of ATM robbers, including 3 members of the Coacalco municipal police, were detained by elements of the Mexican ministerial police. The FGJEM reported that the capture of these subjects was the result of an investigation carried out by elements of the Ecatepec Regional Prosecutor’s Office. The agency said that derived from an investigation initiated on February 1 for the theft of two ATMs of the HSBC Institution, which were installed in a commercial plaza located in the La Magdalena Huizachitla neighborhood, in San Francisco Coacalco, elements of the FGJEM managed to identify the probable perpetrators. The Prosecutor’s Office pointed out that with the help of the surveillance camera videos of the C4 and C5 of the State of Mexico, it was possible to locate the route that these subjects would have followed aboard two vans; a Cadillac brand, Escalade type, red...
    Two migration-background lawyers have been accused of leaking confidential police investigation information to one of Stockholm’s most notorious drug-dealing gangs. Lawyers Ekrem Güngör and Amir Amdouni have been accused of passing on confidential information to the Vårby network, a Stockholm-based criminal outfit that has been a major player in the city’s drug trafficking trade for the last decade. The accusations come after the gang leader was arrested in Spain in October and police raided the criminal organisation in November. Around 20 members of the gang, which is also accused of being involved in shootings, currently face charges, Expressen reports. According to the newspaper, the two lawyers, who have reportedly specialised in defending gang members, used the nicknames “the King” and “the Prince” on the encrypted messaging service Encrochat, which was infiltrated by French investigators last year. Lawyer Linked to Swedish Migrant Clan Gangs Threatened with Expulsion from Bar Association https://t.co/V8Z3CTcyTL —...
    Police in the multicultural southern Swedish city of Malmö say that the murder rate has fallen since 2018 because many gang leaders are behind bars. In 2020, the city saw five murders, a major drop from the 13 that took place in 2018 and eight in 2019. Mattias Sigfridsson, deputy police area manager in Malmö, told broadcaster SVT that the hacking of an encrypted app used by criminals called EncroChat has helped police prevent murders and violent crimes. “[W]e believe we have prevented murder and serious violent crimes. That has been our goal all along – to lock up those who are responsible for the violence. We have also received valuable information from EncroChat, the encrypted chat we have taken part in. This has, of course, affected our ability to prevent crime,” Sigfridsson said. EncroChat was breached last year by investigators and led to the arrest of more than 700 organised criminals...
    Legal proceedings once again have been reshuffled in Solano County Superior Court for several members of a Vallejo street gang accused of shooting and killing three men in 2017 and 2018 in Vallejo. Nickolas James Howland, 23, and Steven Tezel Sanderson, 20, accused of killing DeMario Williams in September 2017 and Coy Lacy Jr. in January 2018, appeared Wednesday in Department 11 for a motion to sever and a trial readiness conference. Judge William J. Pendergast ordered Howland and Sanderson to return at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 for the readiness conference. As previously scheduled, the two defendants also will face a trial management conference at 8:30 a.m. April 22 and a jury trial at 9 a.m. April 26, also in Dept. 11, in the Justice Center in Fairfield. Howland is represented by Fairfield criminal defense attorney Curtis Boyd, Sanderson by attorney John Coffer. Howland, a rapper, Sanderson and Johnson are...
    MODESTO (CBS13) – Two alleged gang members were arrested Thursday in connection to an assault in Modesto that left a man unconscious and hospitalized last October, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said. Daniel Avina, 23, of Modesto, and Erik Rocha, 29, of Ceres, were booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center and face charges of felony assault, participating in a criminal street gang and conspiracy, authorities said. Rocha faces four additional counts of being a felon with a gun and ammunition. On Oct. 28, 2020, several members of the Norteno criminal street gang encountered and assaulted the two victims at Parklawn Park in unincorporated South Modesto, the sheriff’s office said. One victim was able to run away, but the second victim was kicked in the head and torso until being knocked unconscious. Avina and Rocha were identified through multiple lineups and were both arrested at their homes on Thursday....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Six Twin Cities men were charged this week in a federal indictment that accuses them of several carjackings, gun violations and gang-related violence. In a statement Tuesday, Erica MacDonald, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, noted that this indictment is linked to the surge of carjackings and shootings the metro area experienced this past summer. “This criminal activity will not be tolerated in our communities,” she said. “Federal law enforcement, in concert with our state and local partners, is committed to holding accountable the perpetrators of this violence.” Charged in the indictment are: 19-year-old Joshoamei Richardson of St. Paul; 20-year-old James Williams, Jr., of St. Paul; 22-year-old Isaiah Alstad of Columbia Heights; 23-year-old Clifton Walker, Jr., of St. Paul; 22-year-old Jordan Shamah Rhodes of White Bear Lake; and 18-year-old Eric Ballard, Jr., of St. Paul. All of the men are charged with...
    BEAUMONT, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Glynnwood Derrick, 46, has pleaded guilty to violent gang-related activities in the Eastern District of Texas. He pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn. “Gang violence has no place in our community,” said Acting United States Attorney Nicholas Ganjei. “The men and women of the Department of Justice, and our law enforcement partners, will do whatever it takes to safeguard our citizens from the predations of organized criminal gangs.” According to information presented in court and contained in court filings, Derrick joined the Aryan Circle (AC) while in state prison in Texas in 2000, and received his “patch,” or gang tattoo, in 2004 while serving a sentence in federal prison. Derrick held various ranks within the organization over the years, including the ranks of Captain and Major. Derrick attended “church,” or gang meetings, on...
    Four “East End” gang members in Fairfield County are facing murder, drug, and racketeering charges as part of a federal investigation into crime in Connecticut. To address escalating violence in Bridgeport, the FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals, and Bridgeport Police Department launched an investigation into the gang who are involved in narcotics trafficking, murder, and other acts of violence, leading to the new arrests of several members. The latest indictment alleges that the East End gang distributed heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and Percocet pills; used and shared firearms; murdered rival gang members and other individuals. Gang members Keishawn Donald, 19, Trevon Wright, 19, Kyran Dangerfield, 24, and Eric Hayes, 24, were charged with various crimes, including murder and attempted murder. Wright was arrested last week, the other three were already detained for previous crimes. It is alleged that: On Jan. 30, 2018, Donald shot and killed Eric Heard, a.k.a....
    100 MIT faculty members have signed a letter standing in “solidarity” with fellow professor Gang Chen, who has been accused of hiding financial ties to China, saying that DOJ charges are “a complaint against all of us, and an affront to any citizen who values science and the scientific enterprise,” adding, “we are all Gang Chen.” “As colleagues and friends of MIT Professor Gang Chen, we share our dismay and pain over his recent arrest,” said the faculty members in their letter. “We all know Gang as a truly beloved teacher, scholar, scientist, mentor, colleague, and world leading academic.” “All his global work has been furthering MIT’s mission ‘to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century,'” they added. A letter (draft) to the President @MIT from ~100 MIT faculty members. It compares...
    A woman whose daughter was kidnapped and murdered in Colombia disguised herself as a homeless person to help authorities find the alleged killers of her oldest child. Nathalie Amaya revealed she changed her appearance in order to blend in with the other homeless people who were living in an abandoned building in the Bogotá neighborhood of San Bernardo and find the suspects who killed her daughter, 15-year-old Lynda Michelle Amaya, in December. The Colombian Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday morning the arrest of three men and a woman tied to a local gang known for terrorizing the neighborhood. It wasn't clear in information released by Colombian law enforcement why the girl might have been targeted, or if her killing was random.  The distraught mother, who has three other children, - a four-year-old boy and 13-year old twin boys - helped the Bogotá Metropolitan Police and Colombian intelligence agents by volunteering...
    THE ruthless Bloods and Crips street gangs have been operating in the United States since the late 1960s and early 1970s. Since their formation, the rivals have reportedly amassed a totall of more than 50,000 associated gang members, including well known rappers. 10The Bloods gang is associated with the color redCredit: Rex Features Who are the Crips? The Crips were formed in the streets of Los Angeles in 1969 by founders Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. In 1979, Washington was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Central LA. That same year, Williams was convicted of four murders and was sentenced to death. 10Members of the Crips gang throw up signs from a car windowCredit: Alamy 10Crip members throwing up gang signs, and one man wears a bandanna to show his affiliationCredit: Corbis Historical - Getty In 2005, Williams was executed by lethal injection at the age of 51. Since...
    SOME of the highest ranking members of MS-13, known as La Ranfla Nacional, were hit with terrorism charges after a bloody reign in the United States. The Department of Justice charged 14 members of the gang in an indictment filed in Central Islip, New York, where members have committed several brutal slayings. 3Authorities are still searching for Fredy Ivan Jandrew-ParadaCredit: US Justice Department 3Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios is still at large as wellCredit: US Justice Department The Ranfla Nacional leaders are facing charges of providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, conspiracy to finance terrorism to conspiracy nacro-terrorism. The Department of Justice said that Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, also known as Diablito de Hollywood, is the most powerful leader, and is currently imprisoned with 10 other defendants in El Salvador. The DOJ is working out how to extradite the defendants to the US. The three...
    Federal authorities have charged multiple leaders of the MS-13 criminal gang with terrorism offenses, the Justice Department announced Thursday.  In the indictment, filed in Central Islip, N.Y., where MS-13 members have committed a series of brutal slayings, 14 members of the transnational gang were charged. The leaders -- known as la Ranfla Nacional -- are charged with providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, conspiracy to finance terrorism to conspiracy narco-terrorism. "The indictment announced today is the highest-reaching and most sweeping indictment targeting MS-13 and its command and control structure in U.S. history," acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement. On Thursday, the Justice Department announced 14 gang leaders were charged with terrorism offenses. MS-13 leaders Cesar Humberto Lopez-Larios, Hugo Armando Quinteros-Mineros and Freddy Ivan Jandres-Parada remain at large. The rest are imprisoned in El Salvador. (FBI) Authorities said Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, who is regarded as the most powerful...
    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have indicted MS-13’s “Board of Directors” with terrorism charges, officials announced Thursday. The US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday that the notorious gang’s leaders are charged with conspiracy to provide and conceal material support to terrorists and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Prosecutors say they’re charging the 14 highest-ranking members of the transnational gang — 11 of whom are already behind bars, mostly in El Salvador. Three others are the subject of a federal manhunt by the FBI, the sources said. Among the suspects is Borromeo Enrique Henriquez, who is known as “Diablito de Hollywood,” considered one of the gang’s most powerful members, prosecutors said. The suspects make up the “Ranfla Nacional,” the gang’s ruling body, they said. “The FBI is committed to combatting all forms of terrorism that threaten the American people as...
    More On: ms-13 Feds blame ‘sanctuary’ policy after man deported 10 times murders mom in front of daughter MS-13 member wanted for shooting ex on video kills self in Texas MS-13 gang member caught on video killing ex-girlfriend in front of daughter: cops Feds seek death penalty for MS-13 member charged in 7 murders Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have indicted MS-13’s “Board of Directors” with terrorism charges, officials announced Thursday. The US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday that the notorious gang’s leaders are charged with conspiracy to provide and conceal material support to terrorists and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries. Prosecutors say they’re charging the 14 highest-ranking members of the transnational gang — 11 of whom are already behind bars, mostly in El Salvador. Three others are the subject of a federal manhunt by the FBI, the sources said....
    An investigation involving more than a dozen law enforcement agencies in South Jersey and Pennsylvania has resulted in the arrest of 18 gang members and seizure of large quantities of heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana, authorities said. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said on Thursday that the multi-jurisdictional investigation of narcotics distribution and violent crime resulted in recovering 11 guns, 1,000 grams of heroin, 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, 15 pounds of marijuana, six vehicles and more than $22,000 in cash. “Operation Eight-Ball was an enormous investigative endeavor and as a result, many violent offenders have been taken off of the street,” Onofri said said Prosecutor Onofri.  Trenton Police Director Sheilah A. Coley said, “In just this operation alone, their hard work yielded multiple firearms, high-capacity magazines, kilograms of narcotics, and more than 15 arrests, six of which are connected to several homicides." Last spring, as the number of fatal shootings in Trenton began rising, Onofri said, "We...
    Samuel Villalba, a longtime member of the Mexican Mafia who had fallen out favor with the prison gang, was shot to death over the weekend in Long Beach, according to the police and law enforcement sources. Officers responded about 8 p.m. Sunday to a homeless encampment near the 91 Freeway, where they found Villalba, 64, shot multiple times in the chest, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement. At least two men were spotted running from the scene. The police said the motive for the attack remained undetermined, but detectives were investigating it as gang-related. Villalba, originally from the Artesia street gang, was classified as a Mexican Mafia member by state prison authorities in 1984, according to law enforcement records. The Mexican Mafia is an organization of about 140 men, all but a handful of whom are incarcerated, that controls most Latino street gangs in Southern...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- In an extensive report released Tuesday analyzing more than a dozen secret subgroups at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, researchers at Loyola Marymount University Loyola laid out claims of "violent'' gangs of deputies, where members encouraged an aggressive style of policing, engaged in misconduct and were sometimes marked by common tattoos.In the report, published by the school's Center For Juvenile Law & Policy, chief author Sean Kennedy claimed the groups, "foster a culture of violence and escalate uses of force against community members.''The report laid out recommendations for the department, which it said had a "longstanding, broad institutional problem in need of serious reforms.''Deputy alleges violent arrests help officers earn notoriety in LASD-based 'Executioners' gangEMBED More News Videos "Inking parties" are a secret ritual to initiate deputies into the alleged "Executioners" gang in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to a sworn deposition testimony...
    A video has emerged of 'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto hitting out at officers while she was arrested for her DUI months before she went viral for accusing a black teen of theft.  The woman, 22, can be heard screaming 'There are gang members killing people right now and you're arresting a girl?!' while cops attempt to cuff her and get her in the back of a police car.  A bystander captured the video in October 2020 during which she is seen resisting arrest and questioning why she is being handcuffed, claiming 'I didn't do anything'.   The video comes as Ponsetto arrived back in LA yesterday after leaving New York where she was arraigned on assault charges for attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, claiming he stole her phone. 'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto was filmed by a bystander hitting out at officers while she was arrested for her DUI in...
    BROOKLYN, New York City (WABC) -- Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced a major gang takedown Wednesday that they hope will slow the surge in gun violence plaguing New York City.Authorities said 19 alleged gang members were busted in connection with at least six shootings, some of which were caught on video.In one incident, a gunman can be seen blasting his way down the street. In another, an assailant sprays a crowded intersection with bullets. The brazen shootings -- in broad daylight -- terrorized entire neighborhoods in the borough."This is an important case for the people of Brooklyn, making sure that we're holding accountable," Gonzalez said.ALSO READ: Anti-Trump protest at Trump Tower results in 8 arrests in New York CityEMBED More News Videos Eight protesters were arrested at Trump Tower Wednesday night, as NYPD officers were advised to be on alert for potential unrest. Prosecutors...
    Prosecutors have charged 19 alleged Brooklyn gang members in connection with “senseless” shootings and “execution-style” homicides — that earned the shooters NBA nicknames, including “Shaq” and “Curry,” authorities said Wednesday. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said the alleged “900 Gang” members, some of whom were just 16-years-old, were believed to have played a part in two murders and 10 non-fatal shootings over the last two years. In one of the “terrible” acts, Gonzalez said 20-year-old Kaireil Haynie and 24-year-old Alexander Williams opened fire on rival Tylee Felder outside a housing complex in Clinton Hill on Sept. 28, 2020, hitting him six times, at least twice in the head. “What I want you to see is how senseless the shooting is… this was simply a wanton act of gang violence,” he said after showing a graphic video of the shooting at a press conference Wednesday. “This is just [a]...
    Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with the NYPD, on Wednesday announced that 15 alleged members of the 900 street gang are charged in a 77-count indictment with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and to possess weapons, attempted murder and related charges. The gang was especially active in several NYCHA housing projects. Four additional alleged members of the 900 gang are variously charged in a separate 11-count indictment with conspiracy to commit murder and to possess weapons. District Attorney Gonzalez said, “These indictments reflect our commitment to stem the surge in gun violence that we have experienced since last spring. Many of these defendants are accused of recklessly opening fire in broad daylight, endangering not only their rivals but innocent passersby, including children.”
    Four of the seven deputies fired from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department in 2013 for being a part of the 'Jump Out Boys' gang have been reinstated, it has been revealed.  The clandestine brotherhood within the sheriff’s department saw members get matching skull tattoos and they allegedly prided themelves on aggressive policing, the shootings of mostly Latino and black gang members, and shared a secret black book of shootings, as per the Huffington Post. In 2013 the group was exposed to the public and seven officers were fired for their alleged membership. However, four of those deputies have won back their sheriff’s badges despite objections from the department, according to a Los Angeles Times report. They are: Deputies Douglas Parkhurst, who is currently stationed at the narcotics bureau in Palmdale, as per anonymous sources, Jason Lanska and Ronnie Perez, who are stationed as courthouse security, and Deputy Anthony Paez, who left...
    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested nearly 104,000 illegal aliens this year, including hundreds of MS-13 gang members who often arrive through the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program. Between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, ICE agents arrested 103,603 illegal aliens living in the United States — 90 percent of which had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges against them. ICE placed detainers on 122,233 illegal aliens this year, which are requests by agents to local law enforcement agencies to hold an illegal alien in their custody until the suspect can be turned over to ICE for arrest and deportation. Sanctuary cities, counties, and states refuse to comply with detainers and instead free illegal aliens back into U.S. communities. Of those arrested this year, 4,067 were known or suspected gang members. Of those gang members arrested, 675 were associates of the El Salvador-based MS-13 gang, which often...
    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency deported more than 185,000 illegal aliens in Fiscal Year 2020 including more than 4,200 gang members, despite operational disruption caused by the Chinese coronavirus crisis. Between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, ICE agents deported 185,884 illegal aliens from the United States. About 64 percent of those deported, 118,949 illegal aliens, had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges against them. Nearly 14,500 illegal aliens deported were family units while a little more than 4,000 were Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs). The overwhelming majority, 92 percent, of illegal aliens deported from the interior of the U.S. had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges against them at the time of their deportation. As suspected due to the coronavirus, deportations this year dropped by more than 30 percent compared to Fiscal Year 2019 deportations and more than 27 percent compared to Fiscal Year 2018 deportations. Of...
    Los Angeles police and prosecutors can no longer blanket entire areas of the city with gang injunctions and must instead use them in a more targeted, deliberate way under the terms of a court settlement reached last month. The settlement resolves a class action lawsuit filed four years ago by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Youth Justice Coalition. In the lawsuit, the groups accused the city of violating the civil rights of thousands of residents who were swept up in the gang injunctions without being given the chance to challenge their designation as gang members in court. A federal judge ruled in March 2018 that if the case proceeded to trial it was likely that the city’s process for enforcing injunctions would be struck down and barred the city from enforcing nearly all of its active injunctions. The injunctions, which are civil...
    TURLOCK (CBS13) — More than 20 people have been arrested in connection to a months-long investigation into the Norteno street gang in the Turlock area, officials announced Wednesday. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began after a home invasion robbery in unincorporated Turlock on March 17. Together with the Turlock Police Department and Central Valley Impact Task Force, investigators focused on three Norteno gang subsets in the Turlock area, “Turlocos,” “Familia Unida (FU),” and “Varrio West Side Turlock (VWST).” So far, the investigation resulted in 23 arrests and the seizure of 18 firearms, $19,800 in cash, two pounds of methamphetamine, 786 marijuana plants, 19.4 pounds of processed marijuana, 293 prescription pills and 4.9 grams of cocaine. Investigators say they uncovered evidence of robberies, home invasions, drug sales, weapons sales and street gang activity. More from CBS Sacramento: Body Found In Tracy Canal Identified As Missing Manteca...
    ICE deported more than 4,000 known or suspected gang members in fiscal year 2020, including hundreds belonging to the MS-13 gang, the agency said in a new report. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement end-of-year report for FY 2020 finds that the agency, which has come under fire from activists and lawmakers during the Trump administration, deported 185,884 immigrants. BIDEN OFFICIALS URGE CAUTION ON 'DAY ONE' IMMIGRATION CHANGES, SOME WILL 'TAKE TIME' Of that number, 64% had either criminal convictions or pending criminal charges -- 399,235 aliens. According to the report, 4,276 were known or suspected gang members, including 675 known or believed to have been a member of the brutal gang MS-13. Additionally, 31 were known or suspected terrorists. Among the high-profile cases was the September removal of Saudin Agani, who ICE said provided material support to a terror organization, and the relative of the suspect who attacked two New York City cops...
    A prison secretary for the Latin Kings has pled guilty to racketeering charges. Sandra “Queen Dream” Correa, 35, of Peabody was one of 62 gang members indicted in December 2019 for participation in an alleged racketeering and drug-selling conspiracy. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Correa pled guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts said. Correa was a member of the Latin Kings’ Massachusetts Department of Corrections Chapter. She was a secretary with the gang, according to the Boston Herald. Correa was responsible for transferring messages from the Latin Kings to incarcerated members. The messages included identities of those who would be targeted for violence in the jails and prisons, the locations of incarcerated members, the standing of certain individuals with the gang, and the status of disputes and alliances with other gangs,...
    An all-out law enforcement offensive produced more federal prison sentences Monday against members of a violent gang from Paterson who admitted slinging deadly fentanyl and heroin on the streets of the Silk City. 230 Boys members Dwayne “D Black” Northern, 35, and Isaiah Hargrove, 21, must serve just about all of their plea-bargained sentences because there’s no parole in the federal prison system. Northern got four years and three months, followed by three years of supervised release, during a video-conferenced sentencing by U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark. Hargrove, 21, got three years and three months, with two years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Both previously pleaded guilty to drug distribution and conspiracy rather than go to trial. Northern and Hargrove was among 17 reputed 230 Boys members charged in a coordinated heroin, fentanyl and cocaine trafficking case assembled in the summer of 2019...
    Federal authorities have indicted 40 people in what they say is South Carolina's largest racketeering conspiracy case in history, stemming from four state inmates orchestrating hits and trafficking drugs by using contraband cellphones while behind bars. The U.S. Attorney in South Carolina called it a "sprawling criminal enterprise." The 147 counts in the indictment range from drug and firearm charges to those related to a murder, a kidnapping and two drive-by shootings, prosecutors said Thursday at a news conference outside of Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia. The crimes occurred between 2017 and this year. Prosecutors allege that all defendants, which include men and women, are members of or affiliated with a gang known as the Insane Gangster Disciples, a branch of a nationwide group called Folk Nation that has been operating in South Carolina for years. Prosecutors say the purpose of the gang was to make money through...
    Thirty ‘Pagans’ Motorcycles Club members and affiliates were apprehended and handed drug-trafficking charges in Western Pennsylvania, according to multiple reports.  The indictments, were part of an investigation into ‘Pagans Motorcycle Club’ (PMC) members and associates, operating within and near western Pennsylvania, “engaging in illegal activity, including federal violations of drug and firearm laws,” according to a Wednesday Department of Justice (DOJ press release. The FBI led this case’s investigation along with several other agencies. 30 members of Pagans Motorcycle Club arrested for alleged drug trafficking https://t.co/X3hnPVKqbm — The Independent (@Independent) December 10, 2020 About 12 firearms, 28,000 USD in cash, jewelry, and “significant quantities” of narcotics were seized in raids involving 300 federal agents, according to the Independent. (RELATED: Meth And Cocaine Seized From Unmanned Aircraft Illegally Flying Into California, CBP Says) The 30 arrested persons were charged in “three separate indictments,” CBS Pittsburgh reported. The widespread investigation further identified...
    At least one man was executed and another suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a daylight attack captured on camera in Mexico. The latest frightening incident unfolded Monday afternoon after a group of assassins ambushed the two men who were sitting in their vehicle outside a convenience store in Cuautepec, a city in the central state of Hidalgo. The victims are seen pulling up to the side of store's parking lot before a pickup truck stopped in front of them.  A surveillance camera recorded the moment alleged members of a fuel theft gang opened fired at two rival members sitting in a pickup truck and dragged one of them out of the vehicle and executed him in the middle of the street in broad daylight Monday in Cuautepec, Mexico A purported member (bottom left) of a fuel theft gang opens fire on  a pickup truck while its driver (bottom right)...
              A federal grand jury in Nashville late last month returned a 16-count superseding indictment charging seven MS-13 gang members with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, along with serious firearm-related offenses. This, according to a press release that Davidson County officials published on their website. Those charged are Carlos Ochoa-Martinez, 31; Jason Sandoval, 35; Jorge Flores, 28; all of Nashville. Authorities also charged Jose Pineda-Caceres, 22, and Franklin Hernandez, 21, both of Honduras; Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, 33, of El Salvador; and Juan Melendez, 25, of Lebanon. “The indictment alleges that beginning in 2014 and continuing until yesterday, the defendants conspired with each other to obtain bulk quantities of marijuana and cocaine for redistribution in and around Middle Tennessee. Once the drugs were received, the defendants would reduce them into smaller quantities and sell them in and around nightclubs in Nashville, and from the parking...
    Law Enforcement officials in the U.S. and Central America announced the arrest of more than 700 violent gang members under a joint operation. Operation Regional Shield (ORS) led to the arrest of gang members in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras including members of MS-13 and the 18th Street gangs. Gang prosecutors and law enforcement investigators led an operation to charge and arrest members of transnational criminal organizations under an ongoing joint operation started by the Trump administration in 2017, according to information obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice. The combined effort led to charges being filed against more than 1,100 members of the criminal groups and the immediate arrest of more than 700 people throughout Central America. “The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes,” U.S. Attorney...
    Rapper Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior. Bennett Raglin / Getty Images Rapper Casanova was among 18 members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang who were charged in a 16-count indictment released this week.  Prosecutors say members of the gang killed 15-year-old Jalani Jones in Poughkeepsie, New York, in September, assaulted rivals, dealt drugs, and committed firearms offenses. Members of the group are also accused of running a fraudulent nonprofit to earn grants and donations that they used to fund their lifestyle, prosecutors said.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Eighteen members of a New York street gang were charged in a 16-count indictment this week, and among those facing charges is rapper Casanova. In the indictment that was unsealed this week, federal prosecutors say Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang member Brandon Soto participated in, and facilitated the murder of 15-year-old Jalani Jones in Poughkeepsie,...
    A vicious street gang responsible for murders and brutal assaults allegedly founded a fraudulent nonprofit to solicit grants and donations to fuel the members’ lifestyles, according to federal prosecutors. Shanay Outlaw, aka Easy, with the help of other gang members, launched the charity D.A.E.M.P.I.R.E — Determined Adults Exceedingly Motivating Peers Into Responsible Entrepreneurs. Outlaw and rapper Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, are among 18 Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang members charged Tuesday with crimes ranging from murder and assault to cocaine trafficking and gun possession. Outlaw allegedly managed the gang’s finances and updated senior members on the amount in the coffers, prosecutors wrote in a motion arguing that almost all the defendants should be held without bail. Outlaw was the only defendant for whom prosecutors recommended home confinement. The nonprofit was principally run by Gorilla Stone street leader Christopher Erskine, who’s nicknamed Beagle. “D.A.E.M.P.I.R.E. as described...
    More On: gangs Over a dozen gang members indicted for killing teen, other crimes Biden’s sign language name irks deaf community over gang likeness Priest removed amid allegations of sex, drugs, guns White supremacist group leader accused of terrorizing family in Michigan A vicious street gang responsible for murders and brutal assaults allegedly founded a fraudulent nonprofit to solicit grants and donations to fuel the members’ lifestyles, according to federal prosecutors. Shanay Outlaw, aka Easy, with the help of other gang members, launched the charity D.A.E.M.P.I.R.E — Determined Adults Exceedingly Motivating Peers Into Responsible Entrepreneurs. Outlaw and rapper Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, are among 18 Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang members charged Tuesday with crimes ranging from murder and assault to cocaine trafficking and gun possession. Outlaw allegedly managed the gang’s finances and updated senior members on the amount in the coffers, prosecutors wrote in a...
    This is some real monkey business. Rapper Casanova allegedly promoted his ties to a violent street gang by posting images of diamond-encrusted gorilla pendants on social media, prosecutors wrote in a memo urging a judge to hold him and most of his associates without bail. Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, pleaded not guilty Thursday at his arraignment on racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy and firearms possession charges for his role in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang. An indictment was unsealed Tuesday in White Plains federal court charging 18 gang members with crimes ranging from murder and assault to narcotics trafficking. “Using his public platform, he has amplified the message of the gang — both through his music and his social media profiles,” wrote Assistant US Attorney Shiva Logarajah. He allegedly posted a photo of a pair of diamond-encrusted gorilla pendants, one on horseback, to his Instagram...
    More On: rappers Rapper G Herbo arrested in fraud plot to buy high-end puppies, trips on jets Rapper Casanova among 18 alleged gang members busted this week ‘Pretty Ricky’ rapper arrested for punching Disney World cast member for COVID-19 joke ‘Top Dog’ rapper Lil Yase, 25, shot dead in California This is some real monkey business. Rapper Casanova allegedly promoted his ties to a violent street gang by posting images of diamond-encrusted gorilla pendants on social media, prosecutors wrote in a memo urging a judge to hold him and most of his associates without bail. Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, pleaded not guilty Thursday at his arraignment on racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy and firearms possession charges for his role in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang. An indictment was unsealed Tuesday in White Plains federal court charging 18 gang members with crimes ranging from murder and...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A rapper with ties to NYC has surrendered to the NYPD after 17 others were charged with gang-related crimes this week.Caswell Senior, also known as Casanova, was wanted by the FBI and was initially believed to be in the Atlanta area. He is from Montville, New Jersey, and has ties to NYC.Authorities announced they were looking for Senior after an indictment was unsealed Tuesday, naming 18 suspected gang members who have been charged with racketeering, murder, narcotics, firearms and other fraud offenses.He turned himself in to the NYPD late Wednesday night and faces charges of racketeering conspiracy, firearm possession, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.His attorney denied the rapper was evading arrest.ALSO READ | Don't expect a second stimulus check this year. Here's what Congress is talking about insteadEMBED More News Videos Even with coronavirus spiking and new restrictions taking effect, Congress remains stalled on fresh...
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    RAPPER Casanova has turned himself into the cops after his gang was hit with murder and firearms charges. The FBI revealed on Tuesday they were looking for the 34-year-old - real name Caswell Senior - and at the time it was thought he was in the Atlanta area. 4Rapper Casanova has turned himself into the authorities However, the NYPD today revealed the Brooklyn-born star surrendered himself to officers in Manhattan late on Wednesday night. Another 17 alleged members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation - reported to be a Bloods faction gang - were already in custody at the time. Casanova now faces charges including firearm possession, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and racketeering conspiracy. If convicted of the top charge against him - racketeering conspiracy - he could face life in prison, reports the New York Daily News. Officials also charged alleged gang member Brandon Soto in connection with the...
    An MS-13 gang member has been sentenced following his conviction on murder, racketeering, and assault charges for an execution-style killing of a purported rival gang member on Long Island three years ago. Jose Suarez, an associate of the Sailors Locos Salvatruchas Westside (Sailors) clique of MS-13, was sentenced to life in prison in Central Islip federal court after being convicted of the January 2017 murder of Esteban Alvarado-Bonilla and the shooting of a female employee at a Central Islip deli. Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said that on Jan. 30, 2017, a member of the Sailors clique saw Alvarado-Bonilla inside El Campesino Deli in Central Islip.  Believing that Alvarado-Bonilla was a rival gang member, several members of the Sailors clique plotted to kill him, with Suarez driving two other MS-13 members to a street near the deli.  One of those members, Mario Aguilar-Lopez entered the deli, approached the...
    Three alleged gang members were charged Tuesday with shooting a man to death in Gardena, an attack that turned into a gun battle when the victim’s father returned fire and fatally wounded one of the assailants. Three men — Jesus Hernandez, 27, Antonio Yanez, 22, and Justin Arteaga, 20 — are charged in federal court with killing a 29-year-old man on Nov. 13 outside his family’s home in Gardena, a crime prosecutors contend was committed to raise the defendants’ standing in the Gardena-13 street gang. Gardena-13, also known as Gardena Trece, counts roughly 300 members and claims a territory bounded by 135th Street to the north, 190th Street to the south, Crenshaw Boulevard to the west and Gardena’s Main Street to the east, an investigator, Manuel Aguirre, wrote in an affidavit unsealed Tuesday. Gardena-13, like most Latino gangs in Southern California, answers to the Mexican Mafia, an organization of about...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A rapper with ties to NYC is wanted by the FBI after 17 others were charged with gang-related crimes this week.Caswell Senior, also known as Casanova, is believed to be in the Atlanta area. He is from Montville, New Jersey, and has ties to NYC.Authorities announced they are looking for Senior after an indictment was unsealed Tuesday, naming 18 suspected gang members who have been charged with racketeering, murder, narcotics, firearms and other fraud offenses."As alleged in the Indictment, members of Gorilla Stone committed terrible acts of violence, trafficked in narcotics, and even engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. "Because of that, communities across the Southern District - from Poughkeepsie to Peekskill to New York City - suffered. Most shocking, as alleged in the indictment, a minor was...
    Nearly 20 of the “Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation” gang were indicted on numerous charges including the murder of a Poughkeepsie teen. On Tuesday, Dec.. 1, Audrey Strauss, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced a 16-Count indictment charging 18 members of the gang, known commonly as “Gorilla Stone," with committing crimes ranging from racketeering, murder, narcotics, firearms and fraud offenses. One of the main defendants, included Brandon Soto, aka, "Stacks, who is charged in connection with the Monday, Sept. 21, murder of a 15-year-old in Poughkeepsie.  “As alleged in the Indictment, members of Gorilla Stone committed terrible acts of violence, trafficked in narcotics, and even engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," Strauss said.  Related Story: Suspect On Loose After Teen Shot, Killed At Busy Intersection In Area According to the indictment, on Sept. 21, Soto, to...
    RAPPER Casanova is on the run as 18 members of his Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Gang were hit with a slew of felonies. All but one of the alleged gang members were in custody on Tuesday, with Casanova still being hunted by the FBI. 1Casanova is being hunted by the FBICredit: FBI Officials believe that the rapper, full name Caswell Senior, is in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. The 18 members have been indicted on a slew of charges including conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Most read in NewsFROZEN IN TIMEBaby is ‘27 years old’ - just 2 years younger than mom - after embryo frozenLOCKDOWN LOOSENSCDC to slash quarantine period in HALF if you test negative for virusBARACK BLASTObama says 'whites fear out of control African-Americans with Defund Police’DEADLY REVENGEMom run down & killed...
    More than a dozen members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang were indicted on a range of serious raps — including for the slaying of a teen boy, federal authorities announced Tuesday. “The violence and drug activity committed by these gang members threatened the safety of our communities and placed innocent lives at risk,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. “But thanks to the partnership and hard work of all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, we were able to stop this violent criminal organization — and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable’” Brandon Soto, aka Stacks, and an unnamed co-conspirator allegedly murdered a 15-year-old boy in Poughkeepsie to further the interests of the gang, according to the indictment unsealed in White Plains federal court. The other charged members face counts ranging from attempted murder and racketeering to assault. The allegations include a...
    More On: gangs Biden’s sign language name irks deaf community over gang likeness Priest removed amid allegations of sex, drugs, guns White supremacist group leader accused of terrorizing family in Michigan FBI offers $5K reward for arrest of Trinitarios gang member More than a dozen members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang were indicted on a range of serious raps — including for the slaying of a teen boy, federal authorities announced Tuesday. “The violence and drug activity committed by these gang members threatened the safety of our communities and placed innocent lives at risk,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. “But thanks to the partnership and hard work of all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, we were able to stop this violent criminal organization — and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable’” Brandon Soto, aka Stacks, and an unnamed co-conspirator allegedly...
    By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Hundreds of handcuffed Salvadoran gang members were displayed before assembled reporters on Saturday, a vivid show of President Nayib Bukele's policy of confronting them and the violent crime they are accused of committing. Some 600 members of El Salvador's Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang and its rival Barrio 18 made up the bulk of the detentions that were announced on Friday, following a one-week U.S.-backed round-up of Central American gangs that also netted arrests in neighboring Guatemala and Honduras. The detainees paraded before the press on Saturday, a common tactic that predates Bukele, have been charged with murder, kidnapping and human trafficking, among other crimes, according to officials. In April, Bukele provoked the ire of rights groups when he published on social media jarring pictures of hundreds of semi-naked jailed gang members, pressed tightly together in rows, despite the raging pandemic. At the time,...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have brought criminal charges against more than 700 members of cross-border criminal organizations, primarily the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, in a U.S.-assisted effort, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. "The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes," said U.S. Attorney General William Barr, according to the statement. The charges resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS), a DOJ-led initiative to combat transnational organized crime that brings together authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Tackling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, is a top priority for U.S. President Donald Trump. Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized...
    El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have brought criminal charges against more than 700 members of cross-border criminal organizations, primarily the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, in a U.S.-assisted effort, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. "The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes," said U.S. Attorney General William Barr, according to the statement. The charges resulted from a one-week coordinated law enforcement action under Operation Regional Shield (ORS), a DOJ-led initiative to combat transnational organized crime that brings together authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Tackling transnational human smuggling networks and gangs, including MS-13, is a top priority for U.S. President Donald Trump. Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized crime groups in the...
    Five illegal alien MS-13 gang members have been charged by federal prosecutors with murdering an informant in 2018 in Texas. MS-13 gang members 24-year-old Wilson Jose Ventura-Mejia, 23-year-old Jimmy Villalobos-Gomez, 35-year-old Angel Miguel Aguilar-Ochoa, 23-year-old Walter Antonio Chicas-Garcia, and 21-year-old Marlon Miranda-Moran were charged with murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of informant Victor Castro-Martinez. All of the murder suspects are illegal aliens from El Salvador, the country where many MS-13 leaders reside, and had been living in Houston, Texas. Also charged is El Salvador national 23-year-old Franklin Trejo-Chavarria who is currently serving a sentence in his native country for charges related to his involvement with the MS-13 gang. In 2018, Breitbart News’ Bob Price reported that Castro-Martinez, an informant for the Houston Police Department, was hacked to death with machete-style weapons by a number of MS-13 gang members. At the time of his...
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court affirmed a 55-year prison term Tuesday for a member of the MS-13 gang who organized the killings of four teenagers in a Long Island park when he was 15 — but it also expressed regret that the end of parole for federal prisoners means he won't have incentive to reform. A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecution of Josue Portillo, now 19, is a “classic illustration of the unfortunate consequences” of a decision by Congress that eliminated parole for federal prisoners sentenced in or after 1987. The ruling, written by Judge Jon O. Newman, said the intent of Congress to end disparities in sentences and to send a message to the public that prisoners will serve nearly all of their sentences was not achieved, in part because the public gets a...
    NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court affirmed a 55-year prison term Tuesday for a member of the MS-13 gang who organized the killings of four teenagers in a Long Island park when he was 15 — but it also expressed regret that the end of parole for federal prisoners means he won’t have incentive to reform. A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecution of Josue Portillo, now 19, is a “classic illustration of the unfortunate consequences” of a decision by Congress that eliminated parole for federal prisoners sentenced in or after 1987. The ruling, written by Judge Jon O. Newman, said the intent of Congress to end disparities in sentences and to send a message to the public that prisoners will serve nearly all of their sentences was not achieved, in part because the public gets a muddled message since most state...
    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a pair of alleged MS-13 gang members who are charged with murdering two Long Island teenagers. It is alleged that Jairo Saenz, 24, one of the leaders of MS-13's Brentwood chapter, killed Brentwood High School students Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens in 2016, as well as several others following a disagreement with the teen girls. Over the summer, prosecutors also announced they would seek capital punishment for Saenz’s brother, 25-year-old Alexi Saenz, for his alleged role in the murders. It is alleged that Cuevas and Mickens were murdered with baseball bats and machetes over a dispute between the alleged gang members, though the nature of the dispute was not released by federal prosecutors. Following the murders, President Donald Trump invited their families to the 2018 State of the Union address, during which he discussed MS-13. “Many of these gang members took...
    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a pair of alleged MS-13 gang members who are charged with murdering two Long Island teenagers. It is alleged that Jairo Saenz, 24, one of the leaders of MS-13's Brentwood chapter, killed Brentwood High School students Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens in 2016, as well as several others following a disagreement with the teen girls. Over the summer, prosecutors also announced they would seek capital punishment for Saenz’s brother, 25-year-old Alexi Saenz, for his alleged role in the murders. It is alleged that Cuevas and Mickens were murdered with baseball bats and machetes over a dispute between the alleged gang members, though the nature of the dispute was not released by federal prosecutors. Following the murders, President Donald Trump invited their families to the 2018 State of the Union address, during which he discussed MS-13. “Many of these gang members took...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say they have criminally charged eight Albany-area gang members in connection with prostituting a 16-year-old girl for two months in 2019. Gov. Brian Kemp made the announcement Tuesday at the state capitol in Atlanta, touting it as an example of state and local cooperation the Republican has sought as part of his anti-gang push. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says gang members sought men to engage in sex with the girl on a website, claiming she was an adult. The girl eventually ran away, GBI agents said. Before, agents say members of the Inglewood Family Gang — an offshoot of the Bloods — prostituted the girl in hotels, vehicles and residences, taking money for themselves. Charges include aggravated sodomy, sexual trafficking, violating Georgia's anti-gang law and violating the state's racketeer influenced and corrupt organization law. Those charged are 18-year-old Korina Johnson, 19-year-old Robert Wingfield, 29-year-old Jeston...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Dozens of suspected Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks gang members were arrested in a multi-agency sweep across five counties, the California Attorney General’s Office announced Friday. Fifty suspects were arrested in Fresno County on Thursday, and officers seized four firearms, illegal drugs including methamphetamine and heroin, and over $40,000. Another 15 suspects were arrested after search warrants were executed in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties. Members of the Aryan Brotherhood and Fresnecks are accused of home invasions, murders, kidnappings, large scale identity theft and fraud, as well as other violent crimes within Fresno County and throughout California. The attorney general’s office said they have significant resources to purchase and distribute firearms and controlled substances. The investigation involved the California Department of Justice, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the California Department of Corrections...
    MCALLEN, Texas- McAllen police confirmed to Noticias Telemundo 40 this Friday that a person was arrested in connection with the death of a band musician after an overdose of drugs, specifically fentanyl. This is José Raquel Lerma, 31 years old. Authorities suspect that Lerma is a member of the Po Boys gang. According to the McAllen police, Lerma was arrested this Friday and charged with murder due to criminal negligence after being identified as the alleged person responsible for supplying the drugs to the group of musicians. On the other hand, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Noticias Telemundo 40 the arrest of Lerma and two other people who are allegedly connected to this case. They are Maricela López and Ricardo Melvin McDaniel. According to authorities, López is a partner of Lerma and McDaniel allegedly belongs to another gang, possibly Valluco. ...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It only took seconds. Video shows three people throwing bricks through the windows at an alderman’s office. And it’s not the first time it’s happened. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports from CPD headquarters and spoke to Chicago Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) about why he’s being attacked. Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) gets back to some routine business, after a day that’s been anything but routine. Hours earlier, three people smashed the front windows of his 47th Street office. It’s the third time it’s happened in the past four months. “But what this tells me is that the gangs are struggling to maintain their grip on this neighborhood. That’s what this tells me,” Lopez said. Lopez said he has no doubt gang members are the vandals in this case. Why now, and again, he isn’t sure. Lopez said it could be retaliation for the arrest of a...
    MCALLEN, Texas- McAllen police confirmed to Noticias Telemundo 40 this Friday that a person was arrested in connection with the death of a band musician after an overdose of drugs, specifically fentanyl. This is José Raquel Lerma, 31 years old. Authorities suspect that Lerma is a member of the Po Boys gang. According to the McAllen police, Lerma was arrested this Friday and charged with murder due to criminal negligence after being identified as the alleged person responsible for supplying the drugs to the group of musicians. On the other hand, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Noticias Telemundo 40 the arrest of Lerma and two other people who are allegedly connected to this case. They are Maricela López and Ricardo Melvin McDaniel. According to authorities, López is a partner of Lerma and McDaniel allegedly belongs to another gang, possibly Valluco. ...
    FRESNO (CBS13/AP) – California authorities have arrested 50 members of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang and the Fresnecks street gang in Fresno County as part of a statewide crackdown, officials said Friday. Law enforcement authorities allege the violent criminal organizations have “significant resources” that members use to buy and sell guns and drugs. The members are also accused of perpetrating murders, home invasions, kidnappings, large-scale identity theft and fraud, as well as other violent crimes within Fresno County and across California. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the operation was a success thanks to the cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement partners. “The success of this operation highlights the way multiagency collaboration can help keep our communities safe,” Becerra said in a statement. “Thank you to all of the individuals who made this operation a success.” The Fresnecks worked under the direction of the Aryan Brotherhood, authorities said...
    FRESNO — For the second time in the past 18 months, federal and state authorities have announced a number of members and associates of the Aryan Brotherhood — as well as a white gang known as the Fresnecks — have been arrested in connection with a large-scale drug trafficking investigation. The charges include allegations of trafficking methamphetamine and firearms. The investigation targeted “the most active and influential members of both gangs,” Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims said in a news conference Friday. Roughly a dozen guns and more than 20 pounds of meth were recovered during the operation, authorities said. Check back for updates
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An MS-13 gang member has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for his role in “brutal” machete attacks in the Dallas area in 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. Arnold Stephen Miralda-Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty in February to racketeer influenced and corrupt organization activities. He received 210-month sentence for his part in a case involving six other convicted gang members. “MS-13 is one of the most vicious gangs operating in America today,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “When machete-wielding gang members terrorize our streets, they will be met with certain justice. The Northern District of Texas thanks our law enforcement partners, led by Homeland Security Investigations, who worked tirelessly to take seven brutal men out of our community.” According to court documents, Miralda-Cruz and other gang members ambushed a rival gang member and his roommate at an apartment complex in Dallas...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Breaking surveillance cameras, cutting street lights, intimidating neighbors – Chicago’s Deering (9th) Police District – which includes Brighton Park, Back of the Yards, and parts of Gage Park, among other communities – fields more complaints about gang activity than any other area. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, the calls are a sign of a vigilant neighborhood, but also a dangerous problem. Chicago is home to more than 20,000 city blocks. The one at 40th Street and Sacramento Avenue in Brighton Park ranks 40th when it comes to 911 calls and gang activity. “It almost feels inhumane,” said Myriam Perez-Lozano. Perez-Lozano lives on the block. One of her childhood memories is the shooting of a 14-year-old in 2006. “Saw him right here – like there was just a body, a bike, blood, a hat,” Perez-Lozano said. Now, she sees gang members on the block every week. “It’s...
    SALINAS — Johnny Magdaleno of Salinas was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his federal RICO conspiracy conviction earlier this week. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release that Magdaleno, 33, was a high-ranking Norteño gang member who orchestrated and participated in multiple attempted murders in the Monterey County Jail. Magdaleno pleaded guilty on Feb. 13 to a RICO conspiracy charge and admitted in his plea agreement to being a member of the Nuestra Familia/Salinas Norteños, known legally as an enterprise. The enterprise consisted of members and associates of the Nuestra Familia prison gang as well as Norteño street gangs in Salinas and the surrounding areas. Norteño gang members pledge their allegiance and loyalty to Nuestra Familia and are instructed on its rules, rituals and obligations. Members agree to commit crimes such as murder, narcotics trafficking and other acts of violence as a pattern of their racketeering...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico’s border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas said Friday they have arrested two drug gang members in connection with the Oct. 29 murder of a local television anchor. But the governor of Chihuahua state said the killing was not related to the victim’s work as a journalist. Gov. Javier Corral said the suspects were members of the Artistas Asesinos drug gang and have been linked to other murders. He said they apparently killed television news presenter Arturo Alba Medina because they mistook him for a rival. The two suspects were among a group of five men detained Nov. 10 with guns, fentanyl and meth. Subsequent investigations linked them to the killing. It was unclear what charges they currently face. The state government said in a statement that suspects testified the killing “occurred because he happened to park at the scene...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in Mexico’s border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas said Friday they have arrested two drug gang members in connection with the Oct. 29 murder of a local television anchor. But the governor of Chihuahua state said the killing was not related to the victim’s work as a journalist. Gov. Javier Corral said the suspects were members of the Artistas Asesinos drug gang and have been linked to other murders. He said they apparently killed television news presenter Arturo Alba Medina because they mistook him for a rival. The two suspects were among a group of five men detained Nov. 10 with guns, fentanyl and meth. Subsequent investigations linked them to the killing. It was unclear what charges they currently face. The state government said in a statement that suspects testified the killing “occurred because he happened to...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Wednesday charging three MS-13 gang members for their roles in multiple violent crimes including a 2017 murder in Charlottesville and two 2019 attempted murders in Prince William County. According to allegations in the indictment, Andy Tovar, 31, of White Post, was the “First Word” or leader of the Guanacos Lil Cycos Salvatruchas (GLCS) clique of MS-13. Roberto Cruz Moreno, 20, of Woodbridge, was a “pasa de homeboy,” or soldier in the GLCS clique, and Kevin Perez Sandoval, 22, of Warrenton, was an “observacion,” or associate, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. In July 2017, Tovar allegedly authorized members and associates of the GLCS clique to travel from Prince William County to Charlottesville to murder an individual the clique believed was a rival gang member, court...
    Three Virginia men associated with MS-13 were indicted in connection with suspected gang-related murder and violence, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The gang members were involved in a murder in Charlottesville, Virginia, around three years ago and two attempted murders in Prince William County, Virginia, last year, according to the indictment, the Post reported. The men are reportedly members of the East coast branch of MS-13, a gang largely based in El-Salvador. “We will not stop until we get MS-13 contained and eradicated,” U.S. Attorney General Zachary Terwilliger said, the Post reported. “What we’re seeing from MS-13 is increased coordination, increased sophistication.” Three accused of MS-13 gang-related violence in Virginia https://t.co/pvnnLZcfxr — Post Local (@postlocal) November 10, 2020 The three men are charged in the killing of Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara, 24, whose body was found in a creek in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, the Post reported. Guevara...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Three alleged members of the MS-13 street gang have been indicted for the killing of a rival gang member in Charlottesville and the attempted killings of two others in northern Virginia. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria announced the charges Tuesday against the three men — Andy Tovar, 31, of White Post; Roberto Cruz Moreno, 20, of Woodbridge; and Kevin Perez Sandoval, 22, of Warrenton. All three face multiple charges including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. According to the indictment, Tovar directed gang members to kill the first victim in 2017 in Charlottesville because he was a member of the rival 18th Street Gang. The victim died after being stabbed more than 100 times by multiple assailants. The other two victims survived attacks in 2019 in Prince William County in which they were shot, stabbed or both. They were also attacked because they were believed to...
    An alleged MS-13 street gang member charged with his role in the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy on Long Island after being extradited from El Salvador and transported back to the United States. Eduardo Portillo, also known as “Firuli” and “Tito,” a fugitive from justice who formerly lived in Brentwood and Central Islip, was arrested in El Salvador in February last year and has been detained before being extradited back to New York over the weekend. “Bringing Mr. Portillo back to the U.S. to face justice for the heinous murder of a 15-year-old is a big step toward healing a family and community terrorized by MS-13,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said. “We have made incredible inroads with members of that community, building relationships, and trust which are vital to keeping the violence at bay.” Portillo is being charged in an 89-count indictment along with nearly two dozen...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An MS-13 associate was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering. Luis Cruz Rodriguez, 23, of Frederick, pleaded guilty on November 3. The judge imposed the sentence immediately after. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland, Cruz Rodriguez admitted that from at least January 2017, he was an associate of the Fulton clique of MS-13 and agreed with members to conduct and participate in the gang’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, including conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, and drug distribution. According to his plea agreement, in April 2017, Cruz Rodriguez conspired with MS-13 gang members to murder who they believed was a rival gang member. On the day of the murder, Cruz Rodriguez drove other gang members to a secluded area of Frederick, where the MS-13 members were going...
    A Maryland man pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit murder as part of MS-13 and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Luis Cruz Rodriguez, 23, of Frederick, Maryland, admitted to associating with the Fulton branch of MS-13 beginning in January 2017, according to the Justice Department (DOJ). Rodriguez was present when MS-13 gang members initially plotted to kill an unidentified person referred to as victim 14 and drove the gang members to the scene of the murder, though he was not present when the person was killed, the DOJ said. The MS-13 members reportedly killed victim 14, who was believed to be a rival gang member, before dismembering the body and burying it in a shallow grave, according to the DOJ. The body was discovered decapitated and severed into seven pieces in July 2017. MS-13 Associate Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge of...
    TWO of New Zealand’s violent biker gangs have put aside years of bitter rivalry to join forces against an Australian rival. Black Power and the Mongrel Mob have fearsome reputation with anyone wanting to join subject to gruelling initiations that last a year and involve having to commit crimes to gain trust. 9National Black Power president Whenu ‘Sarge McKinnon was recently laid to restCredit: Facebook 9Black Power's rivals are the equally fearsome Mongrel Mob Credit: AFP - Getty 9A gang member at McKinnon's recent funeral But they have faced a new rival in the form of Aussie motorcycle gang, the Comancheros. A display of the new truce between the two gangs came the recent funeral of National Black Power president Whenu ‘Sarge McKinnon when members of his gang and the Mongrel Mob paid tribute with a spine tingling Haka. His tribute send-off video was accompanied with the song 'Gangsta's Paradise'...
    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a letter accusing him of censorship of government officials that 'endangers the national security.' Wolf's letter on Friday came after Twitter suspended the official account of Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan for a post the company deemed 'hateful content.' Morgan had tweeted on Wednesday praising progress on the southern border wall: 'Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It's a fact, walls work.' Twitter suspended his account for a day, and then claimed the decision had been reversed on appeal. Wolf blasted the company, saying Twitter had lied about the appeals process, and only reinstated Morgan's account after the controversy went public. Scroll down for Wolf's full letter Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf (above) slammed Twitter's CEO in a letter accusing him of...
    A woman holds a sign during a rally against guns and white supremacy in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Prosecutors have brought additional charges against seven members of 1488, a white supremacist gang based in Alaska. Members of the group were previously indicted, in 2017, on murder, kidnapping, and assault charges. The new indictment charges members of the group with kidnapping, forcibly removing a tattoo, and then killing one ex-gang member. The group members also assaulted and removed tattoos belonging to two other members, the indictment says. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Federal prosecutors in Alaska have announced additional charges against members of a white supremacist gang charged in the kidnapping and death of one of their former members. On Wednesday, the prosecutors said they were bringing...
    An investigation dubbed "Operation Golden State" lead to the arrests of more than two dozen Central Jersey gang members on charges ranging from attempted murder, dogfighting, racketeering and more, authorities said Friday. The 29 suspects from the "Golden State" gang were mostly from from Monmouth and Ocean, involved in more than a dozen recent shootings in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Keansburg and Neptune Township, according to Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  The joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with help from federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies found that Xavier Reed, 30, of, Jackson Township, controlled a vast criminal enterprise operating in Asbury Park, Neptune Township, Freehold and Lakewood, according to Gramiccioni. Reed, also known as “HS," assembled a gang alliance consisting of G-Shine Bloods, 47 Neighborhood Crips and the Grape Street Crips that sought control of most illegal activity in Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to...
    An investigation dubbed "Operation Golden State" lead to the arrests of more than two dozen Central Jersey gang members on charges ranging from attempted murder, dogfighting, racketeering and more, authorities said Friday. The 29 suspects from the "Golden State" gang were mostly from from Monmouth and Ocean, involved in more than a dozen recent shootings in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Keansburg and Neptune Township, according to Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  The joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with help from federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies found that Xavier Reed, 30, of, Jackson Township, controlled a vast criminal enterprise operating in Asbury Park, Neptune Township, Freehold and Lakewood, according to Gramiccioni. Reed, also known as “HS," assembled a gang alliance consisting of G-Shine Bloods, 47 Neighborhood Crips and the Grape Street Crips that sought control of most illegal activity in Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to...
    Dozens of gang members have been arrested in Central Jersey on multiple organized crime charges, authorities said.  The 29 suspects, from Monmouth and Ocean counties, are charged with attempted murder, racketeering, conspiracy, dogfighting, drug and gun trafficking offenses, according to Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  The gangs were involved in more than a dozen recent shootings in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Keansburg and Neptune Township, according to Gramiccioni.  The top gang leader bragged about feeding chickens and rabbits to his dogs, the prosecutor said. Most of the "Golden State" gang members went by aliases including "Stick-Up," "Jig," :Stash," "Pay," "Squad," "Capo," "Noodle" and "Mo Shine," authorities said. The probe revealed a power grab by a Bloods gang leader to consolidate his command of the gang’s criminal activities through violence, intimidation, illegal drug and gun sales, and the operation of a dogfighting ring, according to Gramiccioni.  During an investigation dubbed “Operation Golden State,” law enforcement officers recovered...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two people in Alaska have been charged in connection with violent crimes tied to a prison-based white supremacist gang, federal prosecutors said. Justin Eaton, 45, of Anchorage and Felicia King, 55, of Wasilla were added to an existing indictment for what prosecutors said was a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise born out of an allegiance to the gang named 1488, The Anchorage Daily News reported. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska said Wednesday King was charged with accessory after the fact in connection with the beating, kidnapping and killing of gang member Michael Staton, 32, in August 2017. Eaton was charged with racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, conspiracy, kidnapping and assault for his alleged role in the April 2017 beating of a former member. The federal online court records system did not list an attorney for King. An email seeking comment was sent...
    President Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has arrested more than 600 MS-13 Gang members since the start of his presidency, the overwhelming majority of whom are illegal aliens. A comprehensive report by the DOJ reveals the agency’s efforts to tackle the El Salvador-based MS-13 Gang — where members often kill for sport — over the last four years. Since 2016, DOJ prosecutors have charged 749 MS-13 Gang members with crimes, resulting in at least more than 500 convictions. Since Trump took office, about 378 MS-13 Gang members have been convicted — including 37 of which who were delivered life sentences for their involvement with the gang’s criminal activity. Another 154 MS-13 Gang members, since 2017, were sentenced to at least 61 months in federal prison. California: 22 MS-13 Gang Members Charged with Brutal Machete Murders https://t.co/u7f53zesXj — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 17, 2019 In February 2017, Trump signed an executive...
    WINTERS (CBS13) — Caught in the crosshairs of gang violence, Winters has become a hideout for gang members looking to lay low. Three Norteño gang members were recently detained after they brandished loaded weapons in the City of Davis and fled to Winters. It’s the most recent gang-related arrest in a string of gang incidents in the small town. Neighbors like Chuck Pearce are frustrated with the recent activity. “If there’s any gang bangers in the town of Winters. Dude, nobody wants you here. Just go somewhere else. Leave,” Pearce said. Since July, local police have pulled an unprecedented five guns off of known gang members. “Previous four years we have not recovered a single firearm,” Winters Police Chief John Miller said. Miller said that local crews seem to be using his unsuspecting town as quiet place to lay low. “What we are seeing is them committing crimes in other...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — The Department of Justice released this week a report on its efforts to “dismantle” MS-13 in the U.S. and abroad. The data showed that since 2016, the department has prosecuted over 700 MS-13 gang members. So far, more than 500 of these MS-13 gang members have been convicted, including 37 who received life sentences, according to the Department of Justice. The report also describes the department’s efforts to combat MS-13 internationally through increased partnerships with law enforcement in Mexico and Central America. Through international cooperation, hundreds of MS-13 members have been arrested abroad and more than 50 MS-13 members have been extradited to the U.S.
    Local law enforcement officials in San Quentin, California, blamed an increase in violent crime in Fresno County on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and his progressive bail policies, slamming the state for prioritizing a "political agenda" over the lives of California citizens. Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp called on Newsom to stop releasing criminals from prison because of the coronavirus and end zero-dollar bail policies she says are leading to increases in violent crime. "Stop using COVID-19 to promote your political agenda. The blood of the children being shot by out-of-control gang members in our city is on your hands, and on the hands of every person who does not make public safety a priority," Smittcamp said. The press conference took place on the same day that San Quentin Officials weighed a decision to appeal the state's release of more...
    SALINAS — Law enforcement officials named members of a Salinas gang “murder squad” in an unsealed federal indictment on Thursday describing how six Norteño gang members allegedly conducted seven shootings, killing eight people and injuring several others. At a news conference held in Salinas, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California David L. Anderson led the announcement along with special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Tatum King, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni and Salinas Police Chief Adele Frese. According to the second superseding indictment filed Oct. 15 and unsealed on Thursday, the defendants, Siaki Tavale, 24; Andrew Alvarado, 29; John Magat, 33; Anthony Valdez, 23; Mark Anthony Garcia, 29; and Anelu Tavale, 24; were members of a violent hit crew referred to as a “murder squad.” “The indictment alleges a pattern of horrific violence,” said Anderson. “This violence destroys lives. This violence holds our community hostage....
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Members of a Salinas-based Norteño street gang “murder squad” have been indicted by a federal grand jury charging them with racketeering conspiracy and the killing of a number of perceived gang rivals, authorities announced Thursday. Six members of the Norteño hit crew are accused of coordinating and carrying out missions to hunt and kill rival Sureño street gang members – or people they perceived to be Sureños – in Salinas neighborhoods. The indictment describes how the murder squad orchestrated seven shootings, killing eight people and injuring several others. According to the indictment, the murder squad used multi-vehicle caravans that often included one vehicle with designated shooters and at least one spotter or security vehicle to help spot victims and avoid detection by police. The suspects were identified as Siaki Tavale, 24, Andrew Alvarado, 29, John Magat, 33, Anthony Valdez, 23, Mark Anthony Garcia, 29, and Anelu...
    SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Six alleged gang members who were part of a “murder squad” that roamed the streets of Monterey County looking for rival gang members and are suspected in eight killings have been arrested and charged with murder and other crimes, authorities announced Thursday. The alleged Norteño gang members traveled in caravans of three cars and between January 2017 and November 2018 went on “hunts” in the streets of Salinas, killing eight men — in once case firing at least 35 shots. Many others were injured, U.S. Attorney David Anderson said. The group would not confirm their targets were indeed rival gang members and would choose their victims based on characteristics they associated with rival Sureños gang members — Latino men, people with shaved heads, or people who were wearing blue, according to court documents. Of the eight victims, only one was a gang member, Anderson said....
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