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No One Should Die So Young

October 14, 2013
Leslie Zepeda died the day after Christmas. She had no time for a final hug, a final kiss, one last chance for her family to tell her how much they loved and cherished her.

The Mexican Mafia: Down But Not Out

August 13, 2013
Every time law enforcement thought that they had knocked out or retired the Eme organization, they found that the Eme came back again. The Mexican Mafia absorbed the blows and grew stronger.

Gang Task Forces Take Down Mexican Mafia 'Carnals'

March 14, 2013
Two recent investigations show us the value of gang task forces that combine resources from law enforcement, prosecutors, and corrections to take down Mexican Mafia "carnals" in Southern California.

Todd Young's Long Road Back

June 13, 2012

Shot on an Oakland street, Officer Todd Young endures numerous surgeries and continuous rehab to regain his status as a gang investigator and SWAT officer. His story is part of PoliceMag's "Returning To Duty" Web-only series about officers injured on the job.

Hells Angels Members Indicted In 91-Count RICO Probe

June 8, 2012
Officers serving warrants arrested 19 Hells Angels members in North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday and charged them with 91 counts of operating a criminal conspiracy, the FBI announced.

Nuestra Familia Member Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking

April 10, 2012
A Northern California man has pleaded guilty to operating a cocaine trafficking conspiracy for the Nuestra Familia prison gang, federal authorities announced Monday.

Chicago Police Take Down Two West-Side Gangs

March 27, 2012
Chicago Police officers have arrested 45 gang members on the city's West Side in a joint city-federal operation, recovering $1.6 million in narcotics and eight firearms. The operation targeted the most violent members of the Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers.

Movie Review: Rampart

February 14, 2012
"Rampart" is another depiction of the evil white-guy cop, played this time by over-the-top Woody Harrelson, and the good black guy played by gangbanger-gone-actor Ice Cube.

Latin Kings' Nationwide Leader Gets 60 Years in Prison

January 11, 2012
Augustin Zambrano, the highest ranking member of the Latin Kings, has received 60 years in federal prison for racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other violent crimes. Zambrano, a "corona" of the Almighty Latin King Nation, was responsible for overseeing the illegal activities of all factions of the powerful street gang that counts about 10,000 members in Illinois.

Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.

August 9, 2011
Operation Black Flag was another "staggering and comprehensive blow" to California's most powerful gang, according to U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte. However, the La EME prison gang has proved to be resilient to extermination. Mexican Mafia leaders have managed to operate their criminal enterprise from the most secure housing units in the most secure prisons in America.

Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

May 2, 2011
In recent years, attacks against police officers have increasingly become sneaky ambushes rather than direct confrontations. They may involve improvised destructive devices. A few punk gang members or conspiracy nuts armed with the "Anarchist Cookbook" can cause a very bad day for law enforcement.

Mara Salvatrucha: A Transnational Gang

April 5, 2011
Autonomous cliques of the Mara Salvatrucha gang communicate internationally through the same social networks we use, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other Web sites. Drug transactions can be coordinated through these social networks as can green light or hit lists, and even simultaneous prison riots or escape attempts from Central American prison systems.

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

February 24, 2011
Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.

Six Tennessee Bloods Indicted for Murder, Conspiracy

February 24, 2011
Bloods gang members and associates allegedly committed and conspired to commit acts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, narcotics trafficking, bribery and extortion over a more than four-year period.

Atlanta PD Disbands Hard-Charging Gang Unit

February 10, 2011
The Atlanta PD launched Red Dog, which is said to stand for Run Every Drug Dealer Out Of Georgia, during the crack-cocaine epidemic in the 1980s when Atlanta had open-air drug markets and almost weekly drive-by shootings.

LAPD's CRASH vs. LASD's OSS

December 21, 2010
You don't become a gang expert overnight. You don't become qualified to testify in court in just a couple of years. LAPD rotated its officers in and out of CRASH gang units and station areas, but the OSS gang deputies remained in OSS and LASD stations for years, allowing them to develop greater, more complete expertise.

When the Mexican Mafia Takes Out a Pawn

November 9, 2010
Art Romo's association with high powered La Eme members, his loyal service as a liaison to the drug cartels, his close association to Mexican Mafia lawyers, and his usefulness as a front man, meant nothing when challenged by a real made member.

California Officer Takes 60 Units of Blood After Gunshot

August 28, 2010
Fremont officer Todd Young, 39, and a fellow officer had tried to arrest Andrew Barrientos, 20, who was wanted for a string of crimes. Young, who required 60 units of blood during surgery, is in critical but stable condition.

FBI Searches for Three New York Gang Members Wanted on Narcotics Charges

July 2, 2010
Wanted posters listing the names of the fugitives and those that have been captured has been made available to the public. Those who were indicted are suspected to be members of the Bloods and Latin Kings gangs.

Lost Opportunities

May 28, 2010

There was a time when gang officers were making real progress toward restraining the growth of gangs. Unfortunately, these officers were undercut by budgetary constraints, their own administrators, the whims of politicians, and ironically their own success.

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