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N.Y. Court Officers Rally to See Gambino Soldier Stand Trial for 32-Year-Old Hit

January 22, 2009
State Court Officers Association President Dennis Quirk said officers from throughout the city will attend every day of the trial of Gambino soldier Charles Carneglia, who is accused of gunning down Officer Albert Gelb in 1976 to prevent him from testifying against the wiseguy.

10 Houston Gang Suspects Nabbed in Federal Drug Case

January 22, 2009
Ten suspected members of the so-called Houstone street gang, a local prison gang offshoot, are in custody and authorities announced Wednesday they are seeking four more men on federal drug dealing conspiracy charges that could lead to the forfeiture of $18 million in high-end cars, jewelry and cash.

Mexican Cartels Run U.S. Drug Trade, Report Says

January 20, 2009
Mexican cartels have taken over most of the drug trade in the United States, and are working with 20 gangs, including the Barrio Aztecas, according to a just-released report by the National Drug Intelligence Center titled, "National Drug Threat Assessment 2009."

Bush Commutes Border Patrol Agents' Prison Terms

January 20, 2009
In one of his final acts in office, President Bush on Monday commuted the controversial prison terms of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an unarmed Mexican drug smuggler who fled across the Rio Grande, away from a van loaded with 743 pounds of marijuana.

10 Members of Mexican Mafia-Led Gang Convicted in Drug Case

January 13, 2009
Ten members and associates of a Hispanic street gang that sought to control drug trafficking in south Los Angeles by targeting blacks were convicted Monday on various criminal charges.

Portland Mobilizes Against Gang War

January 13, 2009
Though the city's homicide rate and overall crime rate are down, gang violence has increased sharply over the past year, with a rapid rise in shootings in the past month. On Friday, law enforcement officials sounded an alarm about the surge of violence, the same day one of the victims was buried in North Portland.

Georgia Cold Case Squad Cracks First Case

January 8, 2009
The Gwinnett County Police Department’s newly minted cold case squad has cracked its first case — a 2007 fatal shooting of a Norcross teenager who was working at a gas station.

Ex-U.S. Drug Czar Warns of Mexican Border Rush Because of Cartel Violence

January 8, 2009
A failure by the Mexican political system to curtail lawlessness and violence could result (in) a surge of millions of refugees crossing the U.S. border to escape the domestic misery of violence, failed economic policy, poverty, hunger, joblessness, and the mindless cruelty and injustice of a criminal state," Barry McCaffrey said.

Mistrust Bedevils War on Mexican Drug Cartels

December 31, 2008
The U.S. has begun pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Mexico to help stanch the expansion of drug-fueled violence and corruption that has claimed more than 5,000 lives south of the border this year.

Anchorage Police Identify Large Number of Gang Members

December 31, 2008
Documented gangs in Anchorage continue to swell, even as anti-gang officials pledged Monday to continue their two-year-old effort to combat youth violence in south central Alaska.
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