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Gang Members Increasingly Using Twitter and Facebook to Brag

February 3, 2010
The nation's gangs are increasingly turning to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, which is helping law enforcement identify members and learn about their organizations.

Informant Helps Jury Convict MS-13 Members In Charlotte

January 27, 2010
A federal jury convicted six members of MS-13 on a variety of charges with the help of testimony from a former MS-13 member, an informant who infiltrated the gang and video footage of the gang's criminal acts.

Los Angeles Gang Tour Draws International Tourists

January 22, 2010
Tourists from Europe and Australia are learning about Los Angeles gangs with the help of Alfred Lomas, who is leading "LA Gang Tours" to show them graffiti artists and gang-member hangouts, NPR.com reports.

MySpace Brags Spur Busts of Crips, Bloods Who Terrorized Housing Project

January 14, 2010
Crips and Bloods drug dealers who terrorized a Manhattan housing project and boasted of their gang ties on MySpace were busted Wednesday, authorities said.

MS-13 Trial Begins With Footage of a 'Beat In'

January 13, 2010
A federal trial in Charlotte began today with a goal of convicting half a dozen MS-13 gang members from one of the broadest investigations in that city to weaken a gang one expert described as totally devoted to crime and violence.

Oakland to Seek Injunction Against Street Gang

January 5, 2010
In coming months, City Attorney John Russo will seek Oakland's first civil gang injunction, his office said. Such measures bar gang members from associating with each other or displaying colors, among other sanctions, in certain areas of town.

LAPD Struggles To Fill Openings In Gang Unit

December 30, 2009
Candidates to work gang-related assignments for the Los Angeles Police Department have been reluctant to volunteer because of a new rule passed in the spring that requires them to disclose details of their personal finances.

FBI-Led Task Force Joins Anti-Gang Effort in Minnesota

December 21, 2009
A federal effort designed to dismantle gangs at their core will roll out soon in the Twin Cities, months after the Metro Gang Strike Force was shut down amid allegations of misconduct and evidence mishandling.

Drug War Surges In Tijuana: 24 Dead In Two Days

December 17, 2009
Five victims were shot inside a seafood restaurant, four were decapitated and one was shot and hanged from a bridge. A surge in gangland-style killings in Tijuana is being linked to two rival drug-trafficking groups vying for control of the region.

Philly Fugitives Owe City More Than $1 Billion

December 15, 2009
Before the robbery, Scott had skipped out under the courts' “deposit bail“ system, which requires many offenders to pay only 10 percent of their bail while signing IOUs for the remainder. In the early 1970s, it replaced a system run by largely corrupt private bail bondsmen.
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