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El Paso Area Agencies Seek Federal Grant to Combat Border Crime

March 23, 2010
The El Paso Police Department is teaming up with a handful of other law enforcement agencies to seek a $5 million federal grant to fight crime along the border.

Raids Aim to Find Killers of 3 in Mexico

March 18, 2010
Some 200 American law enforcement agents cracked down Thursday morning on a notorious gang in El Paso, Texas, in an attempt to determine whether its heavily armed members were behind the shooting deaths of three people connected to the American consulate in Ciudad Juarez over the weekend.

East Los Angeles Priest Publishes Gang-Intervention Memoir

March 17, 2010
The Rev. Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries, has published a memoir about his work steering wayward youth away from gang involvement.

Explosive Device Is Third Attack on California Anti-Gang Unit

March 8, 2010
A member of an anti-gang unit in southwest Riverside County, Calif., discovered an explosive device near his car, bringing the number of attacks against the unit to three in the past two months.
Image via Alexodus (Flickr.com)

Mexican Drug Gangs Take Over National Parks and Forests

March 2, 2010
Not far from Yosemite's waterfalls and in the middle of California's redwood forests, Mexican drug gangs are quietly commandeering U.S. public land to grow millions of marijuana plants and using smuggled immigrants to cultivate them.

Calif. Gang Officers Targeted by Booby Trap

February 25, 2010
"It was an improvised device capable of firing a regular bullet, and it was attached in such a way so that when the gate was opened, it activated and fired. Fortunately it narrowly missed," said Hemet Police Lt. Duane Wisehart. "The gun was affixed to a fence and hard to see. It could have definitely killed someone. This is domestic terrorism."

Florida Gang Leader Burrows Out of Jail Cell

February 25, 2010
Gang leader Michael Rigby escaped from a maximum-security prison last week by removing a toilet and sink from his cell wall and burrowing his way to freedom.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Photo by Paul Clinton.

LAPD Chief Cuts OT, Moves Specialized Officers to Patrol

February 18, 2010
To achieve an 8 percent cut in the Los Angeles police workforce, Chief Charlie Beck moved 350 officers from specialized units to patrol duty around the city.

Teen Tagger Accused of Killing Gang Interventionist Charged as Adult

February 16, 2010
Mark Anthony Villasenor, 16, is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Ronald Barron, who confronted Villasenor for tagging a wall in the Mid-City area.
Photo via racoles (flickr.com).

Agent Who Infiltrated Hells Angels Wins Key Ruling in Complaint Against ATF

February 11, 2010
Jay Dobyns, an ATF agent in Arizona for 22 years, contends in U.S. Court of Claims papers that his bosses failed to uphold an agreement to protect him after he received death threats from the Hells Angels.
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