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  • eventeen Members and Associates of the MS-13 Street Gang Arraigned...

    04/19/2010 12:32:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 344+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Seventeen Members and Associates of the MS-13 Street Gang Arraigned in Federal Court on Racketeering, Witness Tampering, and Firearms Charges Earlier today, 12 alleged members and associates of La Mara Salvatrucha, or the “MS-13” street gang, were arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge E. Thomas Boyle, at the United States Courthouse in Central Islip, New York, on federal criminal charges, including murder, assault with dangerous weapons, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, witness tampering, firearms offenses, and conspiracy. Five additional defendants named in the indictment were arraigned earlier this week, also before United...
  • VIDEO: Street Gangs Seek To Kill Cops

    04/17/2010 6:33:10 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies · 595+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/17/10 | Friends of Ours
    The violent street gangs that largely profit from retail drug trafficking increasingly are taking aim at law enforcement authorities from the East to the West coasts. The NYPD has announced two separate plots against its officers. Yesterday, New York's finest announced "a massive gang takedown" which "uncovered a rare alliance between Bloods and Crips and a ruthless plot to assassinate cops" as reported by Rocco Parascandola for the Daily News. And last week the NYPD announced an investigation into an alleged plot by the transnational MS-13 to assassinate "an officer in every command" as reported by Rocco Parascandola for the...
  • Senator McCain Urges Citizens To Get Involved (MCCAIN FLIP FLOP ON BORDER FENCE)

    04/14/2010 2:30:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies · 950+ views
    (snip) McCain went on to discuss border concerns, expressing his frustration regarding the recent death of Douglas area rancher Robert Krentz, who authorities suspect was killed by drug smugglers. “The border is not secure and there is an increase in border violence. There have been more than 14,000 people killed in Mexico in the past few years. These include government officials, police and three Americans,” he explained. McCain’s believes a physical fence is what is needed, not the virtual fence with surveillance UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) that he believes are ineffective. “The bad news is that the government has contracted...
  • Police investigates possible MS-13 hit on NYPD

    04/11/2010 9:16:12 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 42 replies · 1,897+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/11/10 | Rocco Parascandola and Joe Kemp
    The MS-13 gang may have issued a hit on the NYPD, police sources said Saturday. The tip came last week from a cab driver in Brooklyn, whose hack friend overheard a gang member talk about a murder contract on police from the driver's back seat, sources said. The cabbie told cops the thug spoke about the group killing an officer in every command, sources said. "We're investigating the report based on an overheard conversation," said NYPD spokesman Sgt. Kevin Hayes. "At this time, there's nothing to indicate there's a city-wide threat." But sources said Gang Unit cops are pushing informants...
  • MontCo welcomes illegals, as neighbors crack down (Md. liberals love illegals)

    04/09/2010 9:52:37 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,629+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2010-04-02 | Hayley Peterson
    Montgomery County is opening its doors to illegal immigrants as its neighbors around the Washington region crack down on them. While counties across the area are slamming their doors shut to illegals through federal enforcement, Montgomery County's communication with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials is limited to a weekly fax of names. And now the county is fighting an effort to crack down statewide. The county's Department of Corrections sends the name of every inmate detained on charges of violent crime — without regard to their immigration status — to ICE weekly, according to county spokesman Patrick Lacefield. "If...
  • AG Eric Holder Helps MS13 Illegal Alien Gangbangers Charged With Murder

    04/05/2010 10:46:03 AM PDT · by AuntB · 27 replies · 2,286+ views
    Judicialwatch ^ | April 2, 2010 | Judicial watch
    Three illegal immigrant gang members who faced the death penalty for murdering a Maryland man last summer have been spared by the nation’s chief law enforcement officer who has ordered prosecutors not to seek the maximum punishment. Attorney General Eric Holder intervened on behalf of the El Salvadoran gangbangers by directing federal prosecutors handling their conspiracy and murder case to rule out the death penalty, according to a Virginia-based news web site that broke the story this week. The three illegal immigrants are members of a notoriously violent street gang called Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) that has spread throughout the country...
  • MS-13 member’s trail shows gang’s movement

    04/02/2010 3:47:19 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 841+ views
    Loudoun Times ^ | Marc 31, 2010 | Jana Wagoner
    Sixty years. That’s how long Antonio Neftali Urrutia-Barrera, 20, of Reston, will spend in federal prison after being sentenced March 19 for two of the many crimes he either committed or is accused of committing in late summer and early fall 2008. One of those crimes was a triple shooting in Sterling Park that left a Loudoun resident paralyzed from the waist down. During a period of a little more than two months, Urrutia-Barrera—who is in the country illegally from Central America—spent time in three Virginia counties and one Maryland county. His crimes left at least four innocent bystanders injured....
  • Attorney General Eric Holder Rules Out Death Penalty for Illegal Aliens

    03/31/2010 3:29:29 AM PDT · by Man50D · 26 replies · 636+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | Penny Starr
    Rest of Title: Charged With Murder in Washington Suburb Attorney General Eric Holder has directed prosecutors in a federal conspiracy and murder trial not to seek the death penalty for three El Salvadoran men who are in the United States illegally. The three are accused of robbing and shooting Claros Luna on July 29, 2009 in Alexandria, Va., just a few miles from the Justice Department, as Luna transported a prostitute from Maryland to Virginia. The suspects, Eris Arguera, Alcides Umana and Adolfo Amaya Portillo, admitted to being members of the MS-13 gang, court documents show. They were indicted on...
  • 3 MS-13 members arrested in Alexandria rape, police say

    03/24/2010 9:29:52 PM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies · 1,191+ views
    Wapo ^ | 03/24/10 | Tom Jackman
    A 16-year-old girl was raped early Saturday in Alexandria by three members of the MS-13 street gang, Alexandria police alleged in court documents Tuesday. Police said the attack occurred in a vacant apartment in the 5700 block of Dunster Court on the west side of Alexandria, off North Beauregard Street. Police were called at 12:48 a.m. to the apartment, and the victim told police she was inside with friends when the gang members, armed with an aluminum baseball bat, burst in, according to a affidavit written by Alexandria Detective Sean Casey. The suspects confronted the girl and her friends and...
  • Queens MS-13 gang leader sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder

    03/14/2010 12:42:18 AM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 1,291+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | March 10, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 10, 2010 Queens MS-13 gang leader sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder NEW YORK - The leader of a Queens chapter of the international street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, more commonly known as "MS-13," was sentenced March 10 to life imprisonment for racketeering conspiracy, including the acts of murder and attempted murder; murder in-aid-of-racketeering; and using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Amilcar Gomez, 26, on April 3, 2009, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with...
  • Use of Twitter, Facebook rising among gang members

    02/04/2010 9:06:27 AM PST · by AuntB · 21 replies · 604+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 2, 2010 | THOMAS WATKINS
    When a gang member was released from jail soon after his arrest for selling methamphetamine, friends and associates assumed he had cut a deal with authorities and become a police informant. They sent a warning on Twitter that went like this: We have a snitch in our midst. Law enforcement officials say gangs are making greater use of Twitter and Facebook, where they sometimes post information that helps agents identify gang associates and learn more about their organizations. And gang members sometimes turn the tables, asking contacts across their extended networks for help identifying undercover police officers. Gang use of...
  • For $65, tourists get peek at Los Angeles gangland

    01/17/2010 7:46:45 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 67 replies · 2,078+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | January 17, 2010 | Thomas Watkins
    LOS ANGELES – Only miles from the scenic vistas and celebrity mansions that draw sightseers from around the globe — but a world away from the glitz and glamour — a bus tour is rolling through the dark side of the city's gang turf. Passengers paying $65 a head Saturday signed waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of tattooed ex-gang members who say they have negotiated a cease-fire among rivals in the most violent gangland in America. If that sounds daunting, consider the challenge facing organizers of LA Gang Tours: trying to...
  • VIDEO: Moving Police Funeral Procession For Officer Allegedly Murdered By Gang Members

    11/29/2009 8:43:07 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies · 1,011+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 11/29/09 | Friends of Ours
    Las Vegas Metro Police Officer and Marine veteran Trevor Nettleton was murdered by alleged gang members during a robbery of his home, and there's some moving video of his funeral services. My question is how come this country is so behind the eight-ball in tackling the gang problem that is so pervasive. I do a lot of research into gangs, and I know that law enforcement is dedicated to the issue and routinely is bringing them down; however, it seems like the hydra's head and for every gang enterprise that gets busted another 100 pop up. A lot of innocent...
  • Arrest made in slaying of 9-year-old boy in D.C. apartment [MS-13 associate]

    11/17/2009 12:53:17 PM PST · by freespirited · 4 replies · 618+ views
    WaPo ^ | 11/17/09 | Clarence Williams, Paul Duggan and Matt Zapotosky
    Police have arrested a 26-year-old man in the shooting death of 9-year-old Oscar Fuentes in his family's Columbia Heights apartment and authorities described him as an associate of the MS-13 street gang who was trying to rob people in the neighborhood. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the suspect, Josue Pena, had followed Oscar's family into their dilapidated apartment building when he couldn't rob them outside. Pena, of no fixed address, then shot through the door. Authorities suggested that Oscar was looking through the peephole of the door when he was killed. ... Lanier wouldn't say why Pena decided to...
  • Maryland has become a haven for illegal alien gangs…more on the way

    11/12/2009 4:12:57 PM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 1,643+ views
    Examiner ^ | 10/30/09 | Dave Gibson
    The Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force just released a report which claims that due to tougher laws and a concerted effort by law enforcement, many illegal alien gangs are leaving Virginia for the safe havens of Maryland. The report said: "Many gang members from Northern Virginia are moving or driving to Prince George's and other Maryland counties, into the District of Columbia or further south and west into Virginia to avoid dealing with police departments that are unrelenting in their efforts to keep gangs under control.” The report also found that there are 5,000 gang members in Northern Va.,...
  • MS-13 gang puts out hit on ICE agent

    11/06/2009 3:42:10 AM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,392+ views
    (NY DAILY NEWS, November 4, 2009) via POLICEONE.com ^ | November 06, 2009 | By John Marzulli, New York Daily News
    New York Daily News SNIPPET: "NEW YORK — El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News has learned. The brazen plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four other MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens last month."
  • MS-13 gang leaders puts out hit on ICE agent assigned to crackdown

    11/04/2009 6:59:15 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 28 replies · 2,232+ views
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | November 4, 2009 | John Marzulli
    El Salvadoran leaders of the MS-13 gang allegedly put out a contract on the federal agent responsible for a crackdown on its New York factions, the Daily News has learned. The brazen plot to assassinate the unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was revealed in an arrest warrant for reputed gang member Walter (Duke) Torres. Torres tipped authorities to the plan after he and four other MS-13 members were stopped by NYPD detectives for hassling passersby on Northern Blvd. in Queens last month. He told cops he had information to pass on, and was debriefed Oct. 22 at Rikers Island,...
  • MS-13 gang threatens witness in Chandra Levy case

    11/02/2009 5:58:20 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 61 replies · 3,039+ views
    Norfolk Crime Examiner ^ | November 1, 2009 | Dave Gison
    On Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor told a judge in D.C Superior Court that accused murderer and gang member Ingmar Guandique, 28, along with members of the MS-13 gang threatened to kill a witness and his family, if he testifies at Guandique’s January trial.A Salvadoran national in this country illegally, Guandique was arrested last April for the murder of missing intern Chandra Levy, who disappeared in 2001. Her skeletal remains were discovered a year later in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.At the time of his arrest for the Levy murder, he was already in prison for the assault of two...
  • MS-13 Gunman Sentenced 80 Years for Attempted Murder

    10/30/2009 4:28:45 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 899+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: MS-13 Gunman Sentenced 80 Years for Attempted Murder ALEXANDRIA, VA—Dennis L. Gil Bernardez, 33, of Landover, Md., the gunman in an MS-13 shooting, was sentenced to 80 years in prison today for attempting to murder rival gang members on Oct. 6, 2008, at a park near homes in Reston, Va. His accomplice, Jose M. Aguilar Orantes, 18, of Reston, Va., who provided the firearm, was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the attempted murders. A third member, Carlos B. Guzman Cruz, 25, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced to 144...
  • Gangs flee No. Virgina for havens in Maryland., D.C., report says

    10/27/2009 9:08:49 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 2,138+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 27, 2009 | FREEMAN KLOPOTT
    Crackdowns on illegal immigrants and other law enforcement efforts are driving gangs out of Northern Virginia and into Maryland and the District, a report released Monday concluded. "Many gang members from Northern Virginia are moving or driving to Prince George's and other Maryland counties, into the District of Columbia or further south and west into Virginia to avoid dealing with police departments that are unrelenting in their efforts to keep gangs under control," authorities wrote in the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force report. The report said the task force's success is the result of Virginia law enforcement's use of...
  • Va. Couple Wounded In Machete Attack

    10/10/2009 8:03:26 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 102 replies · 5,768+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2009 | Tom Jackman
    It was shortly after midnight, and the Fairfax County couple were fast asleep in their quiet Oak Hill neighborhood. That's when three shadowy figures suddenly began pummeling them -- and one was wielding a machete. The beating became bloody. Then the silent home invaders left. That's when the homeowner screaming for help out the window of his second-floor master bedroom sparked calls to 911, and then an intense police investigation that resulted in the arrests of two men and the ongoing search for a third, Fairfax police said Friday. Police think that the couple's 23-year-old daughter complained to some friends...
  • Judge lets victims' kin take S.F. to court

    09/14/2009 1:03:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,819+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/14/9 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The family of a father and two sons who were slain in San Francisco last year can go to state court with a claim that the city is to blame for failing to turn their alleged killer over to immigration authorities when he was arrested earlier as a juvenile, a federal judge has ruled. City Attorney Dennis Herrera had asked U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to rule on the claim herself after dismissing the rest of the suit last month by Tony Bologna's widow and daughter. But Illston said Friday that the remainder of the family's case...
  • ICE works with local law enforcement to arrest 23 gang members

    09/15/2009 12:58:32 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1,381+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | September 11, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: September 11, 2009 ICE works with local law enforcement to arrest 23 gang members BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Twenty men, two women and one juvenile with ties to the violent gangs Sureno-13, La Quemada, MS 13, Brown Pride 13, Southside Locotes, Lejion Negra (Mexico) and Judas 13 (Mexico) are facing deportation following a four-day enforcement operation involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and several local law enforcement agencies. The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative by ICE's National Gang Unit dubbed Operation Community Shield. As part of the initiative, ICE...
  • No death penalty for notorious S.F. killings (Cold blooded murder, deja vu for DA Kamala Harris)

    09/10/2009 2:32:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,473+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/10/09 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will not seek the death penalty for an alleged gang member accused of murdering a father and two of his sons last year, a prosecutor said today. The announcement in San Francisco Superior Court means that Edwin Ramos will at most serve life in prison without parole if convicted of the June 22, 2008, slayings of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, Matthew, 16. The decision is in keeping with Harris' campaign promise never to seek the death penalty. There had been speculation, however, that with Harris running for...
  • Mexican drug cartels now recruiting hit men from U.S. military

    08/20/2009 6:37:29 PM PDT · by AuntB · 26 replies · 3,372+ views
    Examiner/Mike Cutler ^ | Aug. 20, 2009 | Norfolk Crime Examiner Dave Gibson
    Pfc. Michael Jackson Apodaca, 18 who was arrested Monday, is accused of working as a paid hit man, and assassinating a member of the Juarez Cartel who had become an informant for U.S. authorities. Along with Apodaca, El Paso police have charged Ruben Rodriguez Dorado, 30, and Christopher Andrew Duran, 17 with capital murder. The informant, Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, was shot several times at his home on May 15. Both Dorado and Duran told detectives that Apodaca was the one paid to carry out the execution. Witness accounts along with the police investigation have confirmed this. Pfc. Apodaca enlisted...
  • Street Gang Smuggling Terrorists Into U.S.: Report

    08/03/2009 8:02:46 AM PDT · by FromLori · 19 replies · 2,421+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8/3/2009
    Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol confirms that the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol is facing a worsening problem with Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran street gang that now controls the flow of arms, drugs, and illegal aliens into the U.S. After 9/11, Mara Salvatrucha attracted the attention of top al Qaeda officials, who realized that the gang could be used to smuggle operatives and weapons into the United States. An agreement was forged between the terrorists and the gang-bangers. In exchange for safe passage across the border, al Qaeda – through its cells in South America –...
  • MS-13 SMUGGLES THOUSANDS OF MUSLIM TERRORISTS INTO U.S.

    08/01/2009 11:37:30 AM PDT · by Psion · 58 replies · 7,979+ views
    Last Crusade ^ | Aug. 01, 2009 | Dr.Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    More than Mexicans Crossing the Border byPaul L. Williams, Ph.D.thelastcrusade.org [caption id="attachment_887" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="MS-13 Member with Arabic tatoos (Police Photograph)"][/caption] Al Qaeda and the Latino Gang-Bangers The situation at the border now poses a grave threat to national security. Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol confirms that the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol is facing a worsening problem with Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran street gang that now controls the flow of arms, drugs, and illegal aliens into the U.S. Two members of the violent gang were collared last week in Tucson and Nogales. Twenty have...
  • MS-13 Now Controls Mexican Border

    07/31/2009 11:46:25 AM PDT · by Psion · 83 replies · 5,693+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | July 31, 2009 | Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    Situation Worsens Back Door Remains Open ByPaul L. Williams, Ph.D.thelastcrusade.org The Real Face of Obama's Open Immigration Policies Something bad is taking place at the border."We're seeing a lot of MS-13,” says Agent Mike Scioli of the U.S. Border Patrol. "They're typically known to be guns for hire, they're known to smuggle narcotics and human traffic across the border illegally."MS-13 stands for Mara Salvatrucha, the most violent street gang in the western hemisphere.Last week Border Patrol agents arrested two MS-13 members: one in Tucson and one in Nogales. The Nogales arrestee was identified by his tattoos - - the...
  • How Gangs Threaten Us All

    07/11/2009 8:14:19 AM PDT · by AuntB · 40 replies · 4,019+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 9, 2009 | Douglas Farah
    For those interested in exploring one of the greatest internal and transnational threats to the United States, there is a new book out this week by Samuel Logan, This is For the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang. The book traces the history of Brenda Paz, a young Honduran who joins MS-13 and eventually becomes the most effective police witness against the organization, before she was killed. But besides the individual story, the book shows just how powerful and ruthless the MS-13 has become. Given that it now has chapters in thousands of cities across the United...
  • A Chilling Look at Central American Gangs and Why They Are a Threat

    07/07/2009 9:57:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1,713+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | July 7, 2009 10:55 AM | By Douglas Farah
    For those interested in exploring one of the greatest internal and transnational threats to the United States, there is a new book out today by Samuel Logan, This is For the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang. The book traces the history of Brenda Paz, a young Honduran who joins MS-13 and eventually becomes the most effective police witness against the organization, before she was killed. But besides the individual story, the book shows just how powerful and ruthless the MS-13 has become. Given that it now has chapters in thousands of cities across the United States,...
  • Police: Brother of alleged officer killer wanted in slaying[Houston MS-13]

    06/30/2009 9:52:25 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 1,513+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | June 29, 2009 | MIKE GLENN
    The older brother of the man who allegedly shot and killed an undercover Houston police officer last week is wanted in a gang-related slaying last year of a South Carolina man, authorities said. Juan Pedroza Carrillo, 40, was one of three men linked to the November 2 fatal shooting of Jorge Alberto Vindel Ramos, 51, in Lexington County, S.C., authorities said. Ramos was shot in the head and chest with a .380 semi-automatic pistol as he was working on his car outside his home, officials said. While the motive for the killing remains under investigation, federal immigration officials confirmed that...
  • 46 street gang members and associates arrested in New Jersey-wide operation

    06/24/2009 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 1,625+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | June 24, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: June 24, 2009 46 street gang members and associates arrested in New Jersey-wide operation ICE works with local law enforcement agencies to make arrests NEWARK, N.J. - Forty-six gang members and associates were arrested as a result of a statewide public safety initiative in New Jersey led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Investigation in Newark. The operation ended June 20. Each of those arrested were targeted for their membership, participation or association with violent street gangs. The success of the operation dubbed "Community Shield" was the result of an...
  • Twenty-Four Defendant Indictment Names Members and Leaders of Notorious MS-13 Gang...

    06/24/2009 6:25:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,525+ views
    Note: The following SNIPPET is a quote: Twenty-Four Defendant Indictment Names Members and Leaders of Notorious MS-13 Gang, Alleging Federal Racketeering Violations, Including Multiple Murders In the first indictment in Los Angeles to allege racketeering charges against the MS-13 Gang, several members, leaders and associates were arrested early this morning after the return of a federal indictment which charges two dozen defendants, including the executive director of a non-profit gang intervention organization with violations ranging from murder and conspiracy to commit murder and extortion to narcotics trafficking, announced Thomas O'Brien, United States Attorney in Los Angeles, Salvador Hernandez, Assistant Director...
  • Alleged Robbers in U.S. Illegally (Killed Denny's Employee)

    06/24/2009 1:44:17 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 40 replies · 2,814+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 24, 2009 | Jeff Proctor
    Three men who allegedly stormed into a West Side Denny's over the weekend and killed a 34-year-old cook were in the United States illegally, and one had been deported less than a year ago after an arrest. Pablo Ortiz, who police say is a member of the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13, was arrested in Albuquerque in May 2008 on suspicion of DWI. After a judge found him guilty, Ortiz spent 46 days at the Metropolitan Detention Center. He was released on July 7. -SNIP- Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents "put him on a plane and sent him back to El...
  • Six Indicted as Gang Members in Killing of Md. Teen

    06/18/2009 8:05:08 PM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies · 2,057+ views
    Washpost ^ | 06/18/09
    <p>Montgomery County prosecutors secured murder indictments today against six people who had been previously charged in connection with the slaying in January of a 15-year-old who was stabbed 72 times and dumped in a Gaithersburg creek.</p> <p>For the first time in Montgomery, a county grand jury also indicted the defendants under a 2007 law that allows judges to sentence gang members who commit violent crimes to an additional 20 years in prison.</p>
  • MS-13 Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2007 Springfield (VA) Murder

    06/08/2009 5:03:11 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 4 replies · 1,017+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 5, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia
    ALEXANDRIA, VA—A federal judge today sentenced 29-year-old Sergio Amador Amador to life in prison for killing a suspected rival gang member. Amador and Oscar Omar Lobo-Lopez fatally shot Melvin Reyes, a suspected rival gang member, on May 5, 2007, in Springfield, Va. On Feb. 27, 2009, Amador pled guilty to murder in aid of racketeering before United States District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Joseph Persichini Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office; Colonel David Rohrer, Fairfax County Chief of Police; and James Dinkins, Special...
  • MS-13 Leader Sentenced to 60 Years in Federal Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Armed Robbery...

    05/05/2009 3:57:15 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 1,557+ views
    MS-13 Leader Sentenced to 60 Years in Federal Prison for Racketeering Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Gun Violation Defendant Participated in Murders of Rival Gang Members U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow today sentenced Victor Ramirez, a/k/a "Mousey," age 30, a native of El Salvador who resided in Hyattsville, Md., to 60 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Ramirez was convicted in November 2008, after a four-week jury trial, of conspiracy to conduct and participate in racketeering enterprise activities of the gang MS-13, including three murders and an attempted murder; armed robbery of a business; and using...
  • A COURAGEOUS VICTIM Taking a Stand Against MS-13

    05/05/2009 2:43:44 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 14,409+ views
    FBI.GOV ^ | May 1, 2009 | n/a
    Note: Photos included. # Taking a Stand Against MS-13 05/01/09 Our MS-13 Task Force was able to resolve the case quickly because the victim came forward with security surveillance tapes of the robbery. After MS-13 gang members robbed a Houston beauty salon at gunpoint last January and sexually assaulted a salon employee, one of the gang members went a step further: he took the owner’s picture so he knew exactly who she was. If she thought about going to the police, he said, she would be sorry. The owner was also told that from now on, she would be expected...
  • ICE arrests 17 in operation targeting transnational gang members

    04/30/2009 10:11:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,053+ views
    ICE.GOV - News Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: ICE arrests 17 in operation targeting transnational gang members WICHITA, Kan. - Local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, in close partnership with the Wichita Police Department, made nine arrests Wednesday during an operation targeting violent transnational street gangs and their illegal alien gang members and associates. Eight other arrests were also made during the operation's planning phase. This is the latest joint local action of an ongoing national ICE effort to target foreign-born gang members. These arrests were made under an ongoing national initiative of ICE's National Gang Unit called "Operation...
  • Gang Member Guilty In Killing of Rival [MS-13 Northern Virginia]

    04/23/2009 8:40:18 AM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies · 1,709+ views
    Washpost ^ | 04/23/09 | Tom Jackman
    A man who authorities said led a local clique of the gang Mara Salvatrucha has been convicted in federal court in Alexandria of murdering a rival gang member in Springfield in 2007, and the man now faces a mandatory life sentence. Federal prosecutors said Oscar Omar Lobo-Lopez, 30, of Springfield was the leader of Hollywood Locos Salvatrucha, an offshoot of the gang MS-13. Lobo-Lopez and fellow gang member Sergio Amador had been hunting for Melvin Reyes because he reputedly belonged to the 18th Street gang, authorities said. On May 5, 2007, Lobo-Lopez and Amador found Reyes in the Springfield Garden...
  • Maryland: Gang Haven

    04/22/2009 5:35:46 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 16 replies · 1,615+ views
    According to Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger, his jusisdiction is experiencing an increase in gang violence, particularly from Hispanic gangs like MS-13 and the Latin Kings. A great majority of these gangs are illegal aliens. Maryland is one of the most pro-illegal immigration states in the country because of its sanctuary cities, taxpayer-subsidized day labor centers, support for non-citizen voting and lax drivers license laws. Chief Manger reports that incidences of murder, rape, assault, burglary, and robbery have increased in Maryland in 2008, much of it attributable to gangs. In fact, the FBI recently reported that gangs are now...
  • Gangs members are in Garfield County, not just ‘wannabes’

    04/18/2009 9:46:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,781+ views
    Citizen Telegram ^ | April 16, 2009 | MIKE McKIBBIN
    There are no gang “wannabes” in Garfield County, only gang “gonnabes,” said two sheriff’s deputies assigned to a recently formed anti-gang task force. Deputies J. Miller and J. McCune, who don’t use their real first names due to the potentially dangerous nature of their work, are members of the Threat Assessment Group, or TAG, in the sheriff’s department. The group was formed after jail staff noticed an increase in gang members from California and elsewhere among the inmate population. “Then we found some of them were hanging out by some of the schools, just off school property, trying to recruit...
  • MS-13 Leader Sentenced to 120 Months for Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Aid of Racketeering

    04/10/2009 1:36:29 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 1,179+ views
    ALEXANDRIA, VA—Erick Turcios-Lazo, also known as “Scorpion,” age 22, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Turcios-Lazo was found guilty on Jan. 22, 2009. Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Turcios-Lazo was indicted on Sept. 18, 2008, by a federal grand jury on conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering charges. The jury trial began...
  • Neighborhood Shaken by Bizarre Murder Mystery

    03/23/2009 1:59:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1,927+ views
    NBC Washington ^ | Mon, Mar 23, 2009
    Early Sunday morning, deputies found a man's body in a grassy area next to Riverside Parkway in Lansdowne. A woman was found in critical condition nearby. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office got a call at around 5 a.m. A witness had spotted a white van and people outside of it screaming and reported a suspicious vehicle. When deputies arrived, they found the body of the man. He had suffered severe head trauma. The woman wasn't discovered until the sun started to rise. She was in a grassy area across the street, over a fence. "We found the blood on the...
  • BP Apprehends Large Group; Several Felon Illegal Immigrants

    03/31/2009 12:39:52 PM PDT · by HiJinx · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | March 31, 2009 | Bill Hess
    DOUGLAS — This past weekend was a busy one for Border Patrol agents in Cochise County. And, much of the action involved the apprehension of a large number of illegal immigrants, to include individuals with ties to notorious street gangs. The apprehensions show “more people coming in (to the United States) to cause havoc,” said Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman Mario Escalante. In the first five months of the current federal fiscal year, more than 7,400 illegal immigrants taken into custody in the sector had criminal records, compared with more than 6,500 for the same period in the previous budget...
  • Loudoun County, Va. murder has markings of a gang initiation

    03/27/2009 7:11:00 PM PDT · by Pelham · 25 replies · 2,935+ views
    Norfolk Crime Examiner ^ | March 25, 2009 | Dave Gibson
    On March 22, William and Cynthia Bennett left their Potomac Station home for an early morning walk and never returned. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., police found William, 57 lying dead, they found Cynthia, 55 badly beaten but still alive a short distance away. Around 5:30 a.m., less than a mile from the Bennett home, a resident on Rocky Creek Drive called police to report the presence of a suspicious vehicle ( a white panel work van), and three men outside the van causing a disturbance. By the time a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy arrived, the van was gone. However, the...
  • Border Patrol battles influx of dangerous criminals

    03/25/2009 1:52:36 PM PDT · by AuntB · 24 replies · 1,518+ views
    KOLD TV News ^ | march 24, 2009 | Som Lisaius
    Border Patrol agents are arresting an increased number of dangerous criminals at the border, officials say. "We're talking about major things. Homicides, sex offenders, big robberies, armed robberies--things to that degree," says agent Mike Scioli. Scioli says more dangerous criminals are trying to enter the U.S. -- a disturbing yet growing trend along the southern border. This past weekend, a group of 34 illegals were apprehended by agents near Ajo. Two of them were members of a notorious and ruthless gang known as MS-13. How did agents find out? Finger prints and tattoos were a dead-giveaway. "These two individuals, not...
  • Loudoun County, Va. murder has markings of a gang initiation (William Bennett)

    03/25/2009 3:59:24 PM PDT · by RDTF · 23 replies · 5,322+ views
    Norfolk Crime Examiner ^ | March 25, 2009 | Dave Gibson
    On March 22, William and Cynthia Bennett left their Potomac Station home for an early morning walk and never returned. Shortly after 5:30 a.m., police found William, 57 lying dead, they found Cynthia, 55 badly beaten but still alive a short distance away. Around 5:30 a.m., less than a mile from the Bennett home, a resident on Rocky Creek Drive called police to report the presence of a suspicious vehicle ( a white panel work van), and three men outside the van causing a disturbance. By the time a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy arrived, the van was gone. However, the...
  • MS-13 Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Involvement in Rico Conspiracy

    03/23/2009 10:57:14 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 1,540+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | March 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/March/09-crm-260.html MS-13 Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Involvement in Rico Conspiracy WASHINGTON – A member of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison and five years of supervised release for his participation in a racketeering enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Edward M. Yarbrough of the Middle District of Tennessee announced. Manuel Marquez, a/k/a "Morro," was sentenced in Nashville, Tenn., by Chief Judge Todd J. Campbell of the Middle District of Tennessee. At his plea...
  • Dead goat, with threatening note, dumped at assemblyman's home

    03/07/2009 6:58:06 AM PST · by jdfromny · 45 replies · 1,868+ views
    recordonline.com ^ | 3/6/09 | Alexa James
    State police are investigating a threat, in the form of a dead goat with a note, aimed at State Assemblyman Gregory Ball (R-Patterson). The black and white goat with horns was found Thursday night on the street outside Ball’s home with an abusive message tied around its neck. In broken Spanish, scrawled on a scrap of cardboard, the note called Ball an “(expletive) American” and was signed MS-13, the name of a notorious Central American gang. While the two-term assemblyman has supported legislation aimed at deporting violent illegal immigrants, he said he thinks the gang threat is phony because some...