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40 Arrested In Outlaws Meth Ring Bust

August 24, 2009
Dealing a major blow to a suspected methamphetamine ring allegedly run by the Outlaws motorcycle gang, Pennsylvania authorities arrested 40 people connected with the operation, the Inquirer reports.
Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced federal indictments against 36 Mexican cartel members. Photo via U.S. Dept. of Justice (Wikimedia).

Chicago Feds Indict Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders

August 20, 2009
Calling it the most significant narcotics conspiracy case of its kind ever in Chicago, authorities today announced indictments against leaders of warring Mexican drug cartels blamed for increasing violence south of the border and for bringing up to four tons of cocaine to the city each month for national distribution.
Photo via RobotSkirts (Flickr.com).

California Pot Farm Fire Reveals Troubling Trend

August 20, 2009
Narcotics agents said Tuesday they had little doubt that the nearly 90,000-acre La Brea fire in California was started by Mexican drug traffickers who were tending a large, sophisticated marijuana farm planted on the side of a mountain in the Los Padres National Forest.

Victims of Crip-on-Blood Baltimore Shooting Refuse to Help Cops

August 18, 2009
The two suspected gang members who were shot and wounded at the Inner Harbor Saturday night are refusing to help police identify their attackers, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Colombian Cartel Leader Heads to Prison For 45 Years

August 12, 2009
At its peak, the Norte Valle Cartel was responsible for 60 percent of the cocaine exported from Colombia to the U.S. Between 1990 and 2004, the cartel exported more than 1.2 million pounds, or 500 metric tons, of cocaine worth more than $10 billion.

Mexican Drug Cartels Smuggling Oil into U.S.

August 11, 2009
U.S. refineries bought millions of dollars worth of oil stolen from Mexican government pipelines and smuggled across the border, the U.S. Justice Department told The Associated Press – illegal operations now led by Mexican drug cartels expanding their reach.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "crime suppression" sweeps to nab illegal immigrants has brought him unwanted federal scrutiny. Photo via writewingpolitics.wordpress.com.

Feds Pressure Arpaio to Weaken Immigration Enforcement

August 11, 2009
Phoenix-area residents are getting used to the fanfare and bitter debate that accompany Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "crime suppression operations," like the one in Chandler nearly two weeks ago. It has been 18 months since Arpaio launched the first raid in central Phoenix, but do they work?

NBA Player's 'Tweets' Use Gang Style

August 6, 2009
Denver Nuggets' guard J.R. Smith shuts down his Twitter account, amidst controversy that he may have been using it to promote the Bloods street gang, the Denver Post reports.

Motorcycle-Gang Members Plead Guilty in Detroit

August 3, 2009
Fourteen members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club have pleaded guilty in Detroit to charges including violent crimes in aid of racketeering, illegal drug distribution and firearms violations, federal officials have announced.

DEA Arrests Top La Familia Cartel Member

August 3, 2009
Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a key member of La Familia Michoacana, one of Mexico's most ruthless and violent drug cartels, acting Administrator Michele Leonhart announced today.
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