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Georgia Sheriff’s Office Cracks Down on Gangs, Wins IACP Award

December 12, 2008
Using an operational tattoo shop as a business front, the Richmond County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force conducted undercover investigations to reduce gun sales by local street gangs.

Body Count Climbs in Mexico's Bloody Drug War

December 11, 2008
So far this year in Mexico's drug war, 5,376 people have been killed, double the number of last year and more than all U.S. troops killed in Iraq.

As Mexico's Drug War Rages, Military Takes Over for Police

December 11, 2008
Even for Mexicans accustomed to ghastly headlines chronicling the country's drug-related violence, the current level of killing in Tijuana causes consternation. Some 200 people have been slain in one month. Last weekend turned into one of the city's deadliest: nearly 40 were killed, four of whom were children, and nine of them beheaded.

Federal Sentences Bust Up Violent Charlotte Gang

December 10, 2008

“This gang turned a nice neighborhood into a shooting gallery,” said U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney, admonishing the gang's reputed leader. “Your organization was responsible for at least three murders, maybe more. Those murders are just horrendous.”

Tags: homicides

North Carolina Toughens Gang, Hate Crime Laws

December 3, 2008
Adults and young people involved in gang activity as well as people who burn crosses or sexually assault children now face tougher punishments as 25 new laws took effect Monday in North Carolina.

FBI Warns of Looming Mexican Drug Cartel Violence in South Texas

October 30, 2008
Frustrated by a crackdown on South Texas drug smuggling routes, the Mexican Gulf Cartel is stockpiling high-powered weapons and recruiting local gang members on both sides of the border to prepare for possible confrontations with U.S. law enforcement, according to an FBI intelligence report.

61 Mongols Motorcycle Gang Members Arrested on Racketeering Charges

October 23, 2008
Dozens of burly, tattoo-covered Mongol motorcycle gang members were arrested today by federal agents in six states from the West Coast to the Midwest on warrants ranging from drug sales to murder after a three-year undercover investigation in which four agents successfully infiltrated the group.

Gangs Blamed in Almost Half of San Diego Homicides in '07

October 8, 2008

Nearly half the homicides with known motives in San Diego County last year were at the hands of gangs, according to a study looking at victims and suspects of violent crime.

Suspect in Murder of SF Hells Angels Leader Surrenders in Oklahoma

October 8, 2008
The man would not say why he was wanted. But the Bartlesville police were quickly able to establish that he was Christopher Ablett, 37, an alleged member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club sought in San Francisco on charges that he killed Mark "Papa" Guardado, the head of the Hells Angels' "Frisco" chapter.

Gang Injunction Splits a San Fernando Valley Community

October 4, 2008
This summer, law enforcement officials enacted an injunction targeting San Fer. It is the 37th gang injunction in Los Angeles and the largest yet, covering nearly 10 square miles in Sylmar and San Fernando, and it has left a troubled community deeply divided.
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