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  • Lakewood teen was to touch, knock down Orthodox woman for gang initiation, police say

    04/09/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    nj.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Seth Augenstein/The Star-Ledger
    LAKEWOOD — A teenager was arrested and charged Tuesday night with bias crimes after he was reported luring or harassing females on the street, police said. Police say the teenager intended to touch and knock down a woman from the Orthodox Jewish community as part of an MS-13 gang initiation. Rafael Laurano-Flores, 18, was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest, three counts of bias intimidation and three counts of bias harassment, said Sgt. Greg Staffordsmith. Police were called initially at 7:30 p.m. to the area of 5th Street and Princeton Avenue about an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl, Staffordsmith said....
  • America’s Most Brutal Gang Could Be Big Winner In El Salvador’s Presidential Election

    03/10/2014 11:30:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 07, 2014 | Bryan Llenas
    On its surface, the presidential election in El Salvador on Sunday shouldn’t matter to the average American. But this is no ordinary election. Experts say an expected win by the current ruling party, the FMLN, will turn El Salvador into a haven for gangs and narco-traffickers with dire consequences for the United States. Stunning recent evidence and leaked government documents suggest the country’s current President and ruling party for years have been secretly backed by the MS-13 gang, which is considered by many as America’s most brutal enterprise because of its reputation for using machetes to hack people to death....
  • Border Patrol Busts More Than a Dozen Previously Deported Violent Felons

    02/11/2014 8:12:37 PM PST · by montag813 · 21 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 02-12-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | Top Right NewsIt was a remarkable -- and disturbing -- catch. Not fruit-pickers. Not landscapers. Not roofers or housekeepers. Not "hard-working immigrants" performing "an entrepreneurial act" by crossing the border, as elitist tool George Will described illegal aliens to Laura Ingraham this past Sunday. Not quite. In just three days last month, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector recently re-arrested more than a dozen convicted felons, including two MS-13 gang members, most of whom were not supposed to be in the United States, officials said. A majority of the felons were sex offenders convicted of...
  • Illegal Alien MS-13 Member Gets Life in Prison for U.S. Murder Rampage

    11/22/2013 4:31:24 AM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/22/13 | b darby
    An illegal alien who sneaked across the porous U.S./Mexico border from El Salvador to go on an MS-13 gang crime spree and murder rampage has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison. Carlos Ortega (aka “Silencio”), a former MS-13 leader (Sitios Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha), was sentence to life in prison after his March 21, 2013 convictions for racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, murder, assault with dangerous weapons, and related firearms and conspiracy offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ortega was a member of MS-13 in El Salvador. He illegally entered the U.S. and embarked on what...
  • Stafford police: These MS-13 gang members sought after cop shot in face

    10/29/2013 2:10:13 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    chron.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | Craig Hlavaty
    Stafford police are searching for two suspects wanted in the shooting of Officer Ann Carrizales, who was shot around 3:30 a.m. Saturday after pulling over a suspicious vehicle. Carrizales, a former Marine, is currently at home recovering from being shot in the face and chest by suspects, according to Stafford police. Early Saturday, Carrizales came up on a four-door Nissan sedan idling at a green light with a blinking turn signal indicator. Carrizales followed the Nissan from the 12700 block of Murphy Road to a nearby mobile home park, where she was shot after speaking with a trio of men...
  • Suspected M18 member charged in Roosevelt Avenue slay: Queens DA

    09/30/2013 10:59:37 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    timesledger ^ | September 29, 2013 | Christina Santucci
    The man charged with shooting a 33-year-old in the head and neck on Roosevelt Avenue last week is a suspected gang member, the Queens district attorney said.Authorities believe 20-year-old Pedro Silva of Jackson Heights is part of the street gang M18, the DA’s office said. Silva was charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence in the Sept. 20 shooting death of Corona resident Ivan Rodriguez, according to the borough’s top prosecutor. Silva, along with several other suspected gang members, chased Rodriguez on the Jackson Heights avenue and allegedly shot the 33-year-old in the head and...
  • Nine Alleged Members of Hobos Street Gang Indicted in RICO Conspiracy for Murders

    09/26/2013 7:40:19 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    FBI.GOV ^ | September 26, 2013 | U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Nine Alleged Members of Hobos Street Gang Indicted in RICO Conspiracy for Murders and Other Violent, Drug-Related Crimes CHICAGO—Nine defendants who allegedly directed or participated in a violent, drug trafficking street gang known as the Hobos were charged today in a federal racketeering conspiracy (RICO) indictment with engaging in murders, attempted murders, robberies, and narcotics distribution. The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges five murders, solicitation of a sixth murder, four attempted murders, three robberies, and the operation of “drug spots” and “drug lines” on the city’s south side among a pattern of criminal activity between 2004...
  • MS-13 Gang Member Convicted Of Murdering Mother And Two Year-Old Child

    09/16/2013 6:39:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    Justice Department ^ | 09/09/13 | Justice Department
    [F]ollowing three weeks of trial, a federal jury in Central Islip, New York returned a verdict convicting MS-13 street gang member Adalberto Ariel Guzman, also known as “Gringo,” on federal criminal charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and firearms offenses, in connection with the execution-style murders of a mother and her two year-old son. * * * At trial, the government proved that the defendant Adalberto Ariel Guzman carried out the execution-style murders of Vanessa Argueta, a 19 year-old woman, and Diego Torres, her two year-old son, in Central Islip, New York, on February 5, 2010. The bodies of...
  • Treasury Department Targets Latino Gang; Continues To Ignore Italian Mob

    06/07/2013 6:08:34 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/07/13 | Friends of Ours
    Last October the Treasury Department designated MS-13 as a transnational criminal organization under Executive Order 13518 which freezes their U.S. assets and bans Americans from conducting business with them, and in a follow-up move has added six of the gang's purported leaders to the economic blacklist as reported by Jerry Seper for The Washington Times. MS-13 originated in Los Angeles, CA but now operates in at least five countries with more than 30,000 members. In the United States MS has so-called cliques in 40 states and about 8,000 members. Its money making rackets principally include drug trafficking and the flesh...
  • Violent El Salvador 'drug-dealing gang member' discovered running a children's

    05/05/2013 3:46:08 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 May 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Violent El Salvador 'drug-dealing gang member' discovered running a children's party and pony rental business in Florida A suspected member of a violent street gang who has been arrested in Florida has been running a children's party business, authorities said. Dilbert Coreas, from El Salvador, was arrested in Florida after he allegedly re-entered the U.S. following his deportation in 2012. He had been charged with cocaine possession in 2009. Police from Palm Beach County's gang unit were tracking Coreas after seeing pictures of him on social media sites which suggested that he was linked to a transnational criminal organization known...
  • 20 Suspected MS-13 Members Charged With Food Truck Extortion Scheme

    03/20/2013 4:59:22 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/20/13 | Friends of Ours
    The LAPD has busted twenty suspected MS-13 members for their alleged roles in shaking down protection money from food trucks on construction sites for the last five years as reported by Andrew Blanstein for the Los Angeles Times. MS-13 originated in Los Angeles, CA but operates in more than 40 states with at least 8,000 members across the country, and last October the Treasury Department designated it as a transnational criminal organization which freezes their U.S. assets and bans Americans from conducting business with them according to an agency press release. The crime group is among those behind the child...
  • 20 reputed gang members accused of extorting food trucks

    03/19/2013 2:40:21 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 18, 2013 | Andrew Blankstein
    At least 20 reputed members of one of Los Angeles' most notorious gangs have been indicted in connection with a violent extortion racket that targeted food-truck operators in the Hollywood area over at least five years, according to state grand jury records unsealed Monday in a downtown courtroom. The 20 defendants — including four women — named in indictments returned Jan. 28 are allegedly tied to Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The individuals, charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion, are all being held on bail ranging from $2 million to just more than $3 million. At least five other...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • Payback: Holder’s DOJ Refuses to Close Whistleblower’s Retaliation Case

    08/10/2012 3:40:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Today marks the four year anniversary of when ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns’ house was burned to the ground. The blaze was set to his home while his wife and children were sleeping inside at 3 a.m. As a refresher, Dobyns is a 25-year ATF veteran and worked undercover in the Hells Angels gang for two years in what was known as “Operation Black Biscuit.” When he got out after putting dozens of the Angels in prison, members of the gang in coordination with hard criminals in prisons around the country, issued death threats against him and his family. These...
  • MS-13 gang leader to serve 50 years for sex trafficking teens

    06/04/2012 6:32:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    InsideNoVa.com ^ | June 03, 2012 | Amanda Stewart
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- MS-13 gang leader to serve 50 years for sex trafficking teens in Northern Virginia A gang member was sentenced Friday to serve 50 years in prison for forcing girls as young as 14 to work as prostitutes in Northern Virginia. A jury at U.S. District Court in Alexandria in February found 24-year-old Rances Ulices Amaya, also known as “Murder” or “Blue,” guilty of conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a child and three counts of sex trafficking. According to an affidavit on file in federal court, Amaya, of Springfield, a leader of the criminal street gang Mara...
  • Police say gang presence in Western Virginia is serious matter

    05/22/2012 10:21:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | May 17, 2012 | Lerone Graham
    In some areas, half of the violent crimes are linked to gangs, according to the attorney general's office. RADFORD -- Gangs are a growing issue in Virginia that can only be tackled with awareness and information. That was the sentiment imparted Wednesday during an all-day gang training session held at Radford University. The training, first in a series of anti-gang sessions sponsored by the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, were open to law enforcement and the public. Some 50 law enforcement employees sat in McGuffey Hall to learn how gangs operate and about their presence in various parts of...
  • Machete-Wielding MS-13 Leader Convicted on Sex Trafficking Charges

    02/24/2012 12:01:31 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    BurkePatch ^ | February 23, 2012 | Will Sommer
    A member of the gang MS-13 from Springfield was found guilty of sex trafficking underage girls Thursday. A federal jury found Rances Ulices Amaya, 23, guilty of three counts of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a child. Because of minimum sentencing guidelines, Amaya should receive at least 10 years in prison for each count. He could receive as much as life in prison when he is sentenced on June 1.
  • S.F. jury convicts MS-13 gang members

    08/30/2011 5:41:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/30/11 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's biggest gang trial in many years ended today when a jury convicted six men of racketeering and conspiracy as members of MS-13, a crime organization that waged war against rivals and defectors in San Francisco's Mission District and was found responsible for at least three 2008 murders. A seventh defendant, Walter Cruz-Zavala, was acquitted. The six men face up to life in prison when sentenced Nov. 30. Jurors deliberated for a week after a federal court trial that lasted more than four months. Prosecutors portrayed the young men as leaders or soldiers of a heavily...
  • [Houston:] 7 tied to MS-13 gang accused of murders here

    08/11/2011 4:36:34 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 1+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | Aug. 11, 2011 | DANE SCHILLER
    Seven members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang are charged with three murders as part of a squad that allegedly killed, robbed and dealt drugs on the streets of Houston, officials said Thursday. The defendants are tied to the gang, which is known as MS-13 and has roots in Central America, federal authorities said as they announced the unsealing of a federal indictment. "Gang activities reach out from far beyond the neighborhoods in which they are ongoing and into the communities in which we live," said Jose Angel Moreno, the top federal prosecutor for a region that stretches...
  • MS-13 Gang leader convicted of sex trafficking of a child

    07/28/2011 2:59:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    DHS ^ | July 28, 2011 | DHS
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Salvadoran national and MS-13 gang leader was convicted today of prostituting a 12-year-old female with clients throughout northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Jose Ciro Juarez-Santamaria, 24, indicted on May 12, 2011, was convicted today of conspiracy, sex trafficking, and transportation of a minor for prostitution. He faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 28, 2011. "Forcing girls into prostitution for the purpose of turning...
  • Ambassador to Honduras in Billy Hoover's office at ATF HQ now

    07/15/2011 4:46:09 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 29 replies
    http://www.sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/ ^ | 7/15 | http://www.sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/
    In Billy Hoover's office today: U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens. My favorite Hugo Llorens quote: "One can't violate the Constitution in order to create another Constitution, because if one doesn't respect the Constitution, then we all live under the law of the jungle." Hugo Llorens, June 2009, in reference to President Manuel Zelaya's planned referendum on a proposed constitutional assembly. I guess we'll see if what Llorens thinks is good for the goose is equally good for the gander. Maybe he's there to give Billy Hoover a lesson on our Constitution. He could sure as hell use it.
  • Man suing government over raid at 7-Eleven fled to U.S. because of death threat

    06/25/2011 10:33:18 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 26, 2011 | Nick Madigan
    Sitting on a bus in Honduras in 2002, Denis Alvarez Alvarado says he overheard two men in front of him discussing how he was going to die. Unaware that he was there, the men said that members of a gang called MS3 — who had kidnapped Alvarez a few days earlier, beaten him and eventually released him — intended to silence him so that he would not tell police about the abduction.I left Honduras because I was afraid that MS3 members would kill me," Alvarez, now 32, says in court documents drawn up in his legal fight against the U.S....
  • MS-13 gang member yelled 'the beast has eaten!' after murder of man he mistook for a Blood: witness

    03/05/2011 7:35:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    DAILY NEWS ^ | Friday, March 4th 2011, 10:41 AM | John Marzulli
    Julio Chavez is charged with emptying his revolver into Maurice Parker on May 18, 2007, in Flushing. Chavez then hopped into a SUV, flashed gang signs and yelled in Spanish, former MS-13 gang member Jose Molina said in Brooklyn Federal Court. " 'Yeah, homie, that's how you're supposed to do it,'" Chavez said, according to Molina. "'You see the blood coming out of his head?'" Molina said Chavez then uttered, "The beast has eaten!" Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Kazemi asked the witness to translate the meaning of Chavez's rant. "That he had just given a soul to the devil," Molina...
  • MS-13 gang member charged with child sex trafficking in Virginia

    02/19/2011 10:56:14 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 19th, 2011 | - Dave Gibson
    Last week, Alexander Rivas, 18, was arrested by Alexandria police, following an investigation that began in November, when the father of a 14-year-old runaway told police his daughter was living with Rivas. Court documents state that the girl was found in the gang member’s apartment and she was being used as a prostitute. According to prosecutors, Rivas ran a prostitution ring, operating in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, using underage runaways. The affidavit states that the business catered to “construction workers and illegal immigrants.” On a typical Friday or Saturday night, the operation would see about 100 customers...
  • Latino gang hitmen guilty in local killing

    02/12/2011 8:19:19 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    The State ^ | Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 | CLIF LeBLANC
    Two members of a notorious Central American gang face life in federal prison in a murder-for-hire scheme cooked up over bad blood in Honduras that ended in gunfire in West Columbia, a prosecutor said Friday. Josue Benitez, 22, and Martin Teran, 36, were convicted Thursday after a three-week trial of a hit on Jorge Ramos, U.S. prosecutor Jay Richardson said. Ramos was gunned down while he worked on his car Nov. 2, 2008, in Hendrix Mobile Home Park on Leaphart Road. The MS-13 gang members drove from Houston to South Carolina to carry out the contract killing, Richardson said. Jurors...
  • Fairfax fugitive nabbed in Houston

    02/07/2011 2:10:40 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 1 replies
    Washington Post (blog) ^ | 02/ 7/2011 | -Tom Jackman
    A man wanted for rape in Fairfax County, who had been released from custody in Loudoun County a month before the assault because of an apparent gap in immigration databases, was captured Sunday in Houston, Fairfax police said Monday. Salvador Portillo-Saravia is being held in the Houston jail pending extradition to Fairfax. His case highlighted flaws in the much-touted Secure Communities program that is supposed to keep dangerous illegal immigrants off the street. Authorities said Portillo-Saravia, 29, was a member of the street gang MS-13 who had been picked up by gang officers in Prince William County in 2003 and...
  • China in business with drug cartels

    02/07/2011 10:42:14 AM PST · by AuntB · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    Last week, Mexican authorities seized over 23 tons of ethyl phenylacetate, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The drug component was discovered at the Pacific port of Manzanillo, in a shipment from China. In April 2010, Mexican officials seized 80 tons of phenylacetic acid and its derivatives shipped from Shanghai, China. Imports of ethyl phenylacetate require authorization from the country’s health ministry, so the shipments are intentionally mis-labeled before leaving China. Last year, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that between October and November 2010, Mexican authorities seized 818 tons of chemicals used in making crystal meth. Due...
  • Raping the Children Americans Won’t: The Dangers of Importing Misogyny

    01/28/2011 6:12:37 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 8 replies
    29-year-old Salvador Portillo-Saravia is a fugitive from justice, wanted for raping the 8-year-old daughter of an acquaintance on December 26th of last year. Portillo-Saravia is a native of El Salvador and a known member of MS-13 who just days before the alleged rape of the child was in a Loudoun County jail on public intoxication charges. Police claim that when they released him they didn’t know he was an illegal alien. Authorities believe that while Portillo-Saravia and a friend were visiting a woman, reportedly the friend’s girlfriend, the fugitive sneaked into the child’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her. The woman...
  • Feds: Gang members killed LI mom, toddler

    01/27/2011 8:35:44 PM PST · by jdfromny · 32 replies
    newsday.com ^ | 1/27/11 | ROBERT E. KESSLER
    A 2-year-old boy watched his mother get shot to death by MS-13 gang members in a wooded section of Central Islip last year before one of them turned the gun on the crying toddler, killing him, according to federal court papers. The mother, Vanessa Argueta, 19, had taken her young son, Diego Torres, with her on what she thought was a dinner date last February because she didn't have a baby-sitter, the court papers said. Among those who took part in the execution-style killings, according to the federal documents, was the mother's former boyfriend. The account of the killings is...
  • Immigrant database failed to detect suspect before rape of young girl

    01/26/2011 6:51:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 26, 2011 | Tom Jackman
    Salvador Portillo-Saravia, a member of the MS-13 street gang, was charged with raping an 8-year-old girl at her Fairfax County home last month. But he never should have been in Fairfax in the first place. Federal officials deported Portillo-Saravia, of Sterling, to El Salvador in 2003, and he sneaked back in illegally. Now, officials are wondering why a much-touted federal program didn't catch him before the rape. Four weeks before the crime, Portillo-Saravia was in the Loudoun County jail for public intoxication. That's when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program, called Secure Communities, should have identified him as an...
  • 13-year-old middle school student blows the whistle on murder plot

    01/21/2011 4:38:48 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    WCNC ^ | January 21, 2011 | Glenn Counts
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a murder plot that sounds more like something out of a made-for-TV movie. The participants are a 26-year-old gang member and two girls who are both 13-years-old and students at Northridge Middle School.Investigators say Jorge Feria-Leon is a known member of "Sur 13," a violent Latino street gang. Feria-Leon is being investigated for trying to get one teen to kill the other. The situation sprang from a party at their apartment last week. Police say that underage teen girls were present and they were drinking alcohol. Feria-Leon got arrested and supposedly he blamed a...
  • Marshals on the hunt for suspected child rapist

    01/06/2011 9:01:41 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/05/11 | Scott McCabe
    U.S. marshals are on the hunt for an illegal immigrant wanted for raping an 8-year-old girl, and they are asking the public to help track him down. Salvador Portillo-Saravia, 29, had been deported from the United States six years ago, but illegally re-entered the country and recently sexually assaulted the young daughter of an acquaintance. Fairfax County has issued warrants for felony charges of rape and sodomy of a victim under 13 years old. "Portillo-Saravia is a vicious and violent individual," said Marshals Deputy Lenny Reynolds. "Anyone capable of such a horrid and senseless act cannot be allowed to participate...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • AP, ABCNews.com Omit Convicted Killer's Illegal Immigration Status, MS-13 Gang Membership

    11/22/2010 11:57:28 AM PST · by La Lydia · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 22, 2010 | Ken Shepherd
    "Salvadoran Immigrant Ingmar Guandique Found Guilty of Murdering D.C. Intern Chandra Levy [12:45 p.m. ET]" That was the breaking news headline that was blasted to my inbox from ABCNews.com regarding today's murder conviction of the suspect in the 2001 murder of the former congressional intern for then-Rep. Gary Condit (D). In the Associated Press story by Matthew Barakat at the ABCNews.com website, there is no mention of the fact that Guandique is an illegal immigrant nor of the fact that he is involved in the ruthless gang Mara Salvatrucha, more commonly known as MS-13. This despite the fact that numerous...
  • 4 Indicted in Washington, D.C. for MS-13 Gang Activities

    09/21/2010 10:31:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | September 17, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.ice.gov/pi/nr/1009/100917washingtondc2.htm September 17, 2010 4 indicted in Washington, D.C. for MS-13 gang activities WASHINGTON - Three alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang have been indicted for various violent crimes stemming from a home invasion last year in the District of Columbia in which several persons were held at gunpoint. A fourth alleged member has been indicted for subsequent efforts to threaten potential witnesses in the case. The indictment was returned Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny...
  • Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home ...30 "gang bangers attacked"

    09/08/2010 6:49:41 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 42 replies · 1+ views
    CBS ^ | 9/7/2010 | CBS
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — He was arrested for protecting his property and family. But it’s how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line. He got an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled the trigger and he ended up in jail, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman. George Grier said he had to use his rifle on Sunday night to stop what he thought was going to be an invasion of his Uniondale home by a gang he thought might have been the vicious “MS-13.” He said the whole deal happened as he was about to drive his...
  • New York man fires gun, arrested in dispute on his lawn

    09/07/2010 4:46:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 6 September, 2010 | Jennifer Peltz AP
    NEW YORK — A homeowner who grabbed a rifle from his house and fired warning shots in a confrontation with a group of men on his lawn faced arraignment on criminal charges Monday as his family said he was defending his home from a threatening mass of strangers. George Grier, 30, fired rounds into the ground and air from an assault-style rifle after arguing with a large group of men gathered outside his Long Island home Sunday evening, Nassau County police said. No one was hurt. His sister, Caprice Rines, said Grier feared for the safety of his wife and...
  • Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With AK-47 (Axe To Grind Alert!)

    09/07/2010 5:02:01 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 56 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 09/07/2010 | CBS New York
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — He was arrested for protecting his property and family. But it’s how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line. He got an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled the trigger and he ended up in jail, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman. George Grier said he had to use his rifle on Sunday night to stop what he thought was going to be an invasion of his Uniondale home by a gang he thought might have been the vicious “MS-13.” He said the whole deal happened as he was about to drive his...
  • Man Faces Charges For Firing Warning Shots at Gang on His Lawn

    09/07/2010 8:01:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 72 replies · 1+ views
    fox ^ | Tuesday, 09.07.2010 | Jennifer Peltz
    A homeowner who grabbed a rifle from his house and fired warning shots in a confrontation with a group of men on his lawn faces criminal charges, but his family said he was defending his home from a threatening mass of strangers. George Grier, 30, fired rounds into the ground and air from an assault-style rifle after arguing with a large group of men gathered outside his Long Island home Sunday evening, Nassau County police said Monday. No one was hurt. His sister, Caprice Rines, said Grier feared for the safety of his wife and two small children when about...
  • Who killed Chandra Levy?

    08/16/2010 3:11:54 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 32 replies
    wiki ^ | 08.16.10
    Chandra Ann Levy (April 14, 1977–ca. May 1, 2001) was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., who disappeared in May 2001 and is presumed murdered after her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in May 2002. The investigation led to media allegations of an extramarital affair with then-U.S. Representative Gary Condit,[1] a Democrat representing California's 18th congressional district and a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Condit was never named a suspect by police and was ultimately cleared of involvement, however the cloud of suspicion raised by the...
  • ICE arrests 14 men in southern Indiana during operation targeting foreign-born gang members

    08/13/2010 11:42:04 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | August 11, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: August 11, 2010 ICE arrests 14 men in southern Indiana during operation targeting foreign-born gang members INDIANAPOLIS - Agents with the local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in close partnership with other federal, state and local law enforcement partners, arrested 14 foreign-born gang members and gang associates during a two-day operation ending Tuesday. This is the latest joint local action of an ongoing national ICE HSI effort to target foreign-born members of violent street gangs. These arrests were made Aug. 9 and 10 in the Indiana...
  • ICE's Operation Community Shield goes global with new task force in Honduras

    08/13/2010 11:31:14 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | August 11, 2010
    NOTE The following text is a quote: August 11, 2010 ICE's Operation Community Shield goes global with new task force in Honduras Operation Double Impact from the videographer's view "We knew these operations were different from the states. There was a feeling of heightened awareness of our surroundings and increased tension in the air. Shootings and murders are taking place all over the city on a daily basis. When we were driving to a location downtown to look for gang members, we saw a body with a gunshot wound to the head lying on the sidewalk. " - Chuck Reed,...
  • MS-13 gang leader sentenced to death for 4 murders (sent in from El Salvador to Charlotte, NC)

    07/28/2010 3:19:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WCNC ^ | 7/27/10 | GLENN COUNTS
    MS-13 gang leader sentenced to death for 4 murdersby GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 WCNC.com Posted on July 27, 2010 at 5:59 PM CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Alejandro Umana flashed gang signs on his way inside the federal courthouse for sentencing Tuesday morning. Umana, an MS-13 gang member, was convicted on multiple counts of murder of this year. “He was a leader, he was sent in by the leadership in El Salvador to come to Charlotte and surrounding areas to help organize the gang,” says Sam Nazzaro, a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. In April, Umana was convicted of...
  • A Governor With Balls

    06/30/2010 8:24:38 PM PDT · by upstanding · 18 replies · 1+ views
    TheDonovan.com ^ | 6/29/2010
    Gov Brewer to Obama: Warning Signs are Not Enough.
  • Reduced Overtime Hours Stymies Border Patrol (Arizona)

    06/24/2010 5:46:38 PM PDT · by Qbert · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/23/2010 | Jerry Seper
    The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly reduced its current force of available agents along the U.S.-Mexico border by cutting the overtime hours they can work even as the Obama administration is asking Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to hire 1,000 new agents, and Congress and the public are clamoring for beefed-up border security. Several rank-and-file and senior agents told The Washington Times that a new overtime directive issued at the agency's Washington headquarters will limit their ability to get their jobs done, reduce coverage during peak smuggling periods and allow more criminals to avoid apprehension. "By lowering the...
  • Update on Murder of Arizona Rancher Robert Krentz (Video Report)

    06/23/2010 3:30:43 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 7 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/23/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Last week the Cochise County Sheriff's Department released some formerly undisclosed information about the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, In the heavily redacted police report, we learn that shortly before he was shot to death, Krentz radioed his brother Phil, that he came across some illegal aliens and someone was hurt on his 35,000 acre ranch. He asked his brother to contact Border Patrol and to get some medical attention for whomever was hurt. That was the last time anyone heard from Robert. The report stated that another rancher, who's name was blacked out from the report had...
  • Napolitano: State and local police may deploy to border

    06/23/2010 1:03:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday the federal government will move to let state and local police in non-border states rotate down to the border to help local authorities go after smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico line. In a major policy speech in which she took aim at what she called "bumper sticker" slogans and said the Obama administration has made huge strides on security, Miss Napolitano said the border can be made still more secure and said administration officials are in the middle of "surging" more boots on the ground. "We are not satisfied. There is more work to...
  • Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in Hills of Arizona

    06/22/2010 8:40:56 AM PDT · by Cheesel · 67 replies · 2+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6/22/2010 | Adam Housley
    Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials, federal agents tell Fox News. The scouts are supplied by drivers who bring them food, water, batteries for radios -- all the items they need to stay in the wilderness for a long time.
  • Central Washington town besieged by gang violence

    06/02/2010 7:13:17 AM PDT · by epithermal · 50 replies · 1,401+ views
    King5tv ^ | June 1, 2010 | ELISA HAHN
    Royal City, a town with a population less than 2,000, has had its sixth drive-by shooting this year. A 10-year-old boy sleeping in his bed is the latest victim. Royal City Police Chief Darin Smith says there have been six drive by shootings within city limits this year, that’s as many as all of last year. Chief Smith says the shootings are getting more blatant and are happening in the middle of the day.