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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.

Six Shot in Drive-By at Texas Southern University Rap Event

July 23, 2009
University spokeswoman Eva Pickens said university officials were told that the shootings, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m. at Cleburne and Tierwester, near the East Garage, were gang-related.

New Trend in Drug Smuggling: Juvenile 'Mules' Who are U.S. Citizens

July 21, 2009
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the teenagers, all U.S. citizens, on Thursday and Friday at the San Ysidro and Calexico ports of entry. Agents seized roughly 17 pounds of marijuana and just over a pound of brown heroin, worth an estimated $38,000, officials said.

Reputed Gang Member, Wanted for Attack on L.A. Deputies, Arrested in Mexico

July 21, 2009
An alleged Whittier gang member wanted in an attack on two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies nearly nine years ago has been arrested in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.

NJ Corrections Losing Ground Against Prison Gangs

July 20, 2009
New Jersey corrections investigators say they're losing ground in the fight against prison gangs, because they lack the manpower and funding, the Star-Ledger reports.

Charlotte Federal Anti-Gang Office Established

July 16, 2009
A permanent federal anti-gang office will open in Charlotte by the end of the summer, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick announced Wednesday.

L.A. to Sever Ties with Prominent Gang-Intervention Agency

July 16, 2009
Los Angeles City Hall officials are preparing to sever ties with one of the more high-profile gang intervention organizations in South L.A., a decision the agency head decried as "an injustice" -- even dangerous because of the agency's success in reducing violence between rival gangs. The city's Gang Reduction & Youth Development office plans to end its contract with Unity T.W.O. Inc. at the end of the month.
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