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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.
Three AK-type assault rifles were among the 50 firearms seized after a 10-month joint investigation involving the ATF, LAPD and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Photo courtesy of ATF.

4 Gun Traffickers Were Raising Proceeds to Pay Drug Cartel

August 3, 2009
Several of the guns, which were being moved from Arizona to California, were fully automatic. One of the men arrested said the transaction was raising funds to pay off a debt to a Mexican drug cartel, according to the ATF.

Gang Members May Have Torched Officer's Car

July 31, 2009
Gang and arson investigators are looking into who torched an officer's personal car and vandalized his patrol car in Lakewood, Wash., the News Tribune reports.

N.Y. County Organizes Gang Unit to Combat MS-13

July 30, 2009
Following a series of vicious gang-related attacks in Suffolk County in recent weeks, some of which victimized innocent bystanders, Suffolk police will reorganize officers assigned to combating gangs across precincts into a single team, Newsday reports.

Gang Member Kicked by El Monte Officer Sues for $5 Million

July 27, 2009
Parolee and gang member Richard Rodriguez, 24, has filed a civil claim demanding $5 million from the El Monte Police Department for injuries he says he suffered, when officer George Fierro kicked and pepper-sprayed him, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports.
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