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  • Tue, February 26, 2013 8:57 AM | NYGIA (Administrator)

    Webster, N.Y. – Webster Police arrested and charged four men Thursday after an altercation on February 14 in the Village of Webster.

    Police charged William Heinrich, 45, of Sodus, Dustin Harper, 31, of Lyons, David Orbaker, 47, of Sodus Point, and Douglas Tallent, 57, of Rochester, with Gang Assault in the second degree, a class C felony.

    Police say the four men seriously injured a 40-year-old man at a bar on South Avenue.

    The four men charged were all members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club.

    All four men were remanded to the Monroe County Jail.

  • Wed, January 30, 2013 6:32 PM | Anonymous

    A History of Violence: The Black Gangs of Chicago

    by Jocelyn January 24th, 2013 @ 12:23pm

    It’s a war going on outside we ain’t safe from/I feel the pain in my city wherever I go/314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago…” -Kanye West, Murder to Excellence

    Money, Power, and Respect three key ingredients to cooking up the perfect story, be it a gritty street novel from Donald Goines, or street dreams of a corner boy trying to be the man. The allure of the street life has been synonymous with hip-hop since the days of Kool G. Rap and Slick Rick.

    Hip-Hop’s obsession with gangs, crime and tales of rise to power keep us hooked. Look at how many rappers who’ve been influenced by films like Scarfaceand Paid in Full.  However, there is a big difference when the violence you see on TV or hear in song is played out in real life and the both the victims and culprits of children.

    The city of Chicago is under attack! Not by insurgents, or terrorists but by misguided youth who have no remorse for gunning down another human being in cold blood.

    Chi-town has a rich history in the arts and culture, but there is also a darker history that Chicago is known for undefined Violence.

    Black Gangster Disciple Nation

    Leader of the Gangster Disciples

    Supreme Gangsters” was the name 12-year-old Larry Hoover and his friends adopted as they ditched school riding the trains through Chicago. In the late 1960s, The Disciple Nation lead by David Barksdale (pictured below), and the Gangster Nation lead by Hoover merged to form The Black Gangster Disciple Nation. Under the leadership of both men, an array of other gangs formed. Hoover adopted the moniker  ”Prince Larry.”

    History of The Gangster Disciples:

    Also Known As: Folk Nation, GDs, BGD’s

    Colors/Symbols:  Major symbols include a three-point devil’s pitchfork pointed upward and a heart with wings. The use of several colors, including black, gray, silver and white.

    Known Rivals: Vice Lords or The Almighty Vice Lords

    Rapper Rick Ross made Larry Hoover a household name with the chorus of his song “(BMF) Blowing Money Fast” off the Teflon Don Album.

    Vice Lords

    In the late 1950′s in the Illinois State Training School for boys, the Vice Lords came to be a full-on gang running in the west side of Chicago. Before coming the “Almighty Vice Lords” or “Conservative Vice Lords,” they were an athletic club called “14th St. Clovers”. The Clovers began getting into trouble which led to incarceration.  There, they united with others from Northside, Westside, Southside Lawndale Boys to form The Vice Lords under by Edward Pepilow Perry. It wasn’t until many of it’s members were released from prison that the gang began to wreak havoc on the citizens of Chicago making it the most violent gang of the mid-1960’s.

    Also Known As: People Nation, ACVLN, VL’s, Unknown, Traveling, Insane, Conservative and Four Corner Hustlers.

    Colors/Symbols: 5 Point Star/Bunny with a bow tie/ Tophat and pimp cane/Crescent moon/Champagne Glass/Ring of Fire with a pyramid around it. Colors include black, gold and red, as well as Pittsburgh Steelers/Pirates attire.

    Listen to the “One Blood Remix”with just about every hip-hop notable from Nas, Styles P, Jadakiss, Bun B, Snoop Lion(Snoop Dogg), and more.

    4 Corner Hustlers

    The Four Corner Hustlers was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1969 by King Walter Wheat and Freddy Malik Gauge. The violent gang became a close ally of the Vice Lords in 1977 and began extorting area drug dealers in Chicago’s west side. As hundreds of the gangs members found themselves in state prison, the gang decided to alliance itself with the All Mighty Vice Lords Nation in 1986 as a form of protection against its rival, the Gangster Disciples Nation. The gang remains small in prison but is known for its brutality and organized gang structure on the streets of Chicago.

    Also Known As: All Mighty Vice Lord Nations

    Colors/Symbols: 4CH logo or a black diamond. Colors are black and gold.

    These gangs were at the forefront of the changing Chicago over from a heavily Mafia run city to one overrun by young black gangs. As the years passed, their direction and tactics may have changed but their impact on the young men and women of Chicago continues to grow. Reports of young murdered kids in Chi-town have begun to fall on deaf ears but. However, there is no way to ignore the problem if we first acknowledge its origins.

  • Wed, January 30, 2013 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Latino Gang Members Arrested For Alleged Hate Crimes Against Black Family

    Two Hispanic gang members were arrested last Thursday on allegations they had 15 to 20 gang members surround a house owned by an African-American family and tell them they couldn’t live in the area, according to the LA Times.

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    On December 31st, while one of the family members was walking home in Compton, men reportedly approached him in an SUV. According to police, they told him they were with a local gang and that he couldn’t live in the area because he was Black. The men then began allegedly hurling racist insults at the man.

    Scared from the threats, the man tried running away, but not before the men allegedly left their car and began attacking him with metal pipes. One suspect, 21-year-old Efren Marquez (pictured above right), is alleged to have pointed a gun at the man while 19-year-old Jeffrey Aguilar (pictured above left) reportedly beat him with a pipe.

    Once the attack ended, the gangsters escaped in their SUV, but they reportedly returned 30 minutes later with additional gang members, surrounding the house where the man lived, shouting racial slurs, and telling its inhabitants that Blacks were not allowed in their neighborhood. One member allegedly even threw a beer bottle through the front window.

    And the racist harassment didn’t stop there.

    The group reportedly continued to drive by the house daily, yelling slurs at the family until they eventually moved out, even though they had just moved to the residence on New Year’s. And according to Lt. Richard Westin, the gang is known for their racist hate crimes, “This gang has always made it clear they have a racial hatred for Black people. They repeatedly used racial epithets, they use racial hatred graffiti and they tag up the black church a lot.”

    Sheriff Capt. Mike Parker added that the victims are your “typical American family” and that the incident is “unsettling at the very least.”

    Since the alleged incident, Marquez and Aguilar have been charged with a hate crime committed for the purpose of violation of civil rights with ability to commit violent injury on another.

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  • Wed, January 30, 2013 6:19 PM | Anonymous

    Gang Violence and Gun Control

    By Michael Geer

    Guns and gangs. Haven't read anything from the Left about that. Certainly nothing from Congress. But with FBI statistics showing more than 1,500,000 members of recognized gangs across the nation and something like 33,000 recognized gangs in the FBI's stats, you'd think Gun Control advocates would list these as a major target of their efforts, especially since gang activity is responsible for at least 48% of criminal and violent activity throughout the US. [1]

    You'd be wrong.


    - 100% of cities with population greater than or equal to 250,000 reported gang activity in 2001

    - 85% of cities with population between 100,000 and 229,999 reported gang activity in 2001

    - 65% of cities with population between 50,000 and 99,999 reported gang activity in 2001

    - 44% of cities with population between 25,000 and 49,999 reported gang activity in 2001

    - 20% of cities with population between 2,500 and 24,999 reported gang activity in 2001

    - 35% of suburban counties reported gang activity in 2001

    - 11% of rural counties reported gang activity in 2001

    - 95% of the jurisdictions reporting gang activity in 2001 had also reported gang activity in previous surveyyears 3,000 jurisdictions across the US are estimated to have had gang activity in 2001

    - 56% of cities with population greater than or equal to 100,000 reported an increase or no significant change in the number of gang members in 2001

    - 42% of cities with a population of at least 25,000 reported an increase in the number of gang members

    - 45% of cities with a population of at least 25,000 reported an increase in the number of gangs from the previous two years

    - 69% of cities with population at least 100,000 reported having gang related homicides in 2001

    - 37% of cities with population between 50,000 and 99,999 reported having gang related homicides in 2001

    - 59% of all homicides in 2001 in Los Angeles and

    - 53% in Chicago were gang related, there was a total of 698 gang related homicides in there two cities combined, whereas 130 other cities with population of at least 100,000 with gang problems reported having a total of 637 homicides among them [2]

    Reports about you and me and our AR-15s and AKs? All over the front page. Gangs with rocket launchers and grenades in the gun control newspeak? Bupkus. You and I and our Glocks? Terrified reporters breathless with passion for gun control. Gangs with Glocks? Nada. You and I, presuming you may be religious, a veteran of armed service or a defender of the Second Amendment are now listed with Homeland Securityas a threat to NationalSecurity, a potential terrorist. Lumped in there with the likes of Hamas, Shining Path, MS-13 and the Hells Angels. But right now we're not hearing anything about trying to take guns away from the Mongols. No. You're not hearing some rip and read talking head demanding MS-13 be disarmed. You and me, yes. Insanely violent drug gangs? Shhh. No gun control for them, they might do something.

    Very few members of gangs walk our streets minus a gun. From renegade motorcycle gangs to inner city street gangs to international cartel gang members, every one of them is strapped. We don't need footnoted statistics to know the truth of that.

    Criminal gangs are already engaging in criminal activity, meaning, they have no problem breaking the Law. Breaking the Law is their way of life. The punitive measures of Law meant to cause prior self-restraint mean nothing to them. Consequences mean almost nothing to them.

    Gun Control advocates are terrified of the average Mom and Dad, the average brother or sister possessing the means to defend themselves and those around them. They don't seem at all worried about armed members of gangs. At least they never volunteer to go disarm them.

    Gangs don't care about Law. They don't care about the consequences of breaking a Law. But let me tell you what they do care about.

    You shooting back. Put a couple rounds of 185 grain .45 ACP in them, or past their head that's a consequence they understand. When you drop a gang aggressor like third period French, that's a consequence they understand.

    Law? Not so much.

    So, let's say Congress passes enough gun control war-garble that in effect it is impossible to possess and use a firearm. Will gang members remain disarmed as the rest of the sheeple?    

    (that's me, laughing)

    Gangs get guns as a result of criminal activity. Burglaries, theft, selling drugs to buy guns on the street, all manner of illegally obtaining guns. You and me? Federally licensed firearms dealer, background check, traceable funds, paperwork, etc.

    The criminal element will always get access because they have no regard for Law. You and I do our best to obey Laws because we dare not entertain the consequences of breaking the Law.

    Which brings us to the question of follow the money, always the ultimate driving force.

    Prohibition produced the potent opportunity for unthinkable fortunes that funded vast gang networks that exist to this day. People wanted liquor despite the nanny-staters in Congress and people got liquor. Through violent gangs which profited to such an extent they destabilized governments. They blackmailed, killed, murdered, through bribing, extortion, threatening and quite literally waging war on the Law and anyone who stood in their way. Gang wars and gang profits produced enough profit to fuel the violence with serious automatic weapons, explosives and murder for hire.

    The rootstock of many of those gangs are still with us. Look at Chicago.

    The War on Drugs has produced an industry with such disregard for Law to be staggering in depth and breadth. It isn't just Colombia. It's not just hyper-violent Mexican drug cartels. It's not just Chicago. Think opium fields in Afghanistan and how many of our serviceman and women have died there. Think Beqaa Valley and perpetual violence. Think drug warlords deep in the Shan Mountains of SE Asia. There is so much money to be madein prohibited drugs there are no words adequate to describe it. [3]

    And none of these players obey the Law. Laws in their thousands in every nation, yet the money flows and laws are broken and gangs thrive. Only the law abiding suffer.

    But, ban guns? Make a new Prohibition in effect negating the Second Amendment? You think we have a gang problem now? You think extant gangs will ignore the eye popping opportunity banning guns and ammunition will represent? We already have a serious nationwide gang problem. Congress will corrupt that minor problem into what could become a destabilizing all out conflagration.

    We will then have gang wars only Hollywood SFX departments can envision. Not because you and I will go hog wild ignoring the Law. But because Nature abhors a vacuum. And gangs already exist and which already disregard the Law will ... go hog wild stepping into the natural Supply and Demand cycle.

    Gangs and Guns. I really would like to see Dianne Feinstein and Ed Schultz go to addresses in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles and forcibly insist MS-13 members hand over their guns.

    I really would.

    Gangs are a huge problem Congress ignores. And I have to ask the question: if I follow the money, will I discover why? Because no decent law abiding self-respecting power center would allow gangs like these to exist in their body except that there were a reason to tolerate their presence. If we follow the money will we uncover why violent gangs are allowed to coexist side by side with decent law abiding citizens?

    Feinstein ignores gangs and focuses on you. Think it through.

    Michael Geer, author, blogger, publisher;


    [2]Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Youth Gang Survey Trends from 1996 to 2000, by Arlen Egley, Jr. and Aline K. Major.

    [3] Red Cocaine. JRR Douglass.

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  • Wed, January 30, 2013 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    Gangs increasing presence in human sex trafficking in San Bernardino County

    Doug Saunders and Beatriz E. Valenzuela, Staff Writers

    Posted:   01/27/2013 07:45:32 PM PST

    Updated:   01/27/2013 10:37:32 PM PST

    Jillian Endricks, 11, of Chino Hills, writes a message to victims of human trafficking on a message board before the annual Walk Against Human Trafficking Sunday at The Shoppes in Chino Hills. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

    Photo Gallery: Walk against human trafficking

    Those fighting in the war to end human sex trafficking say gangs are getting involved in the activity because women and girls are seen as a renewable commodity.

    "With the drugs, you can only sell them once, but with a girl, they can be sold up to 30 times a day," said Juana Zapata with the Chino-based nonprofit group Freeing American Children from Exploitation and Sexual Slavery. "And these girls don't get a day off."

    He was one of the more than 50 people who participated in Sunday's Walk Against Human Traffic in Chino Hills.

    According to Zapata, there is a misconception that many girls who are victims of trafficking are forcibly taken from their homes.

    "Most of the girls aren't kidnapped," she said. "We're working a case where one girl was essentially sold by a family member. Other times they're betrayed by friends."

    Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has called human trafficking a low-risk and high-reward crime for gangs.

    According to Harris, domestic gangs and Mexican cartels have expanded from trafficking guns and drugs to trafficking humans.

    They've become more sophisticated and organized, requiring an equally sophisticated law enforcement response to disrupt and dismantle their networks, she said.

    "Police officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and members of the community must work together to change the calculus on human trafficking in California," Harris said in a written statement.

    "People think this is something that happens far away or somewhere else," said Laveda Drvol, the organizer and founder of the walk. "People are shocked when they learn it's happening right here in our own backyards."

    San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has helped lead action against trafficking. In 2012, county prosecutors filed 338 prostitution-related cases.

    But according to the county Probation Department, exact numbers are hard to come by because young women and girls working as prostitutes are often arrested for crimes that appear to be unrelated.

    "Sometimes they're arrested for shoplifting, but when you look at what they're stealing, it's condoms, wet wipes, underwear. All things typically used in prostitution," said Chris Condon, a spokesman for the Probation Department.

    The department is working to adopt a sex-trafficking program modeled after one in Dallas. When a girl or boy is arrested or caught for a series of crimes related to human trafficking, an investigator is assigned to the child's case,

    San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos. (Rachel Luna/Staff Photographer)

    probation officials said.

    On the prosecutorial side, Ramos has announced several directives to strengthen his zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking.

    "We have taken significant steps and strengthened existing partnerships to send the message that if you commit this horrendous crime in our county, you will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law," Ramos said in a recent release.

    Ramos said he will attempt to stop human trafficking by going after the customers.

    "If we take the customers, or `johns,' and put their photos and names on our webpage once they've been convicted, we're hoping that the shame will stop this troublesome problem over time," Ramos said. "With help from the media, we can generate many avenues of ending this epidemic."

    As part of Drvol's crusade to bring awareness to domestic human trafficking, she has pushed to educate young people on the issue and how people can fall prey to the crime.

    "Sometimes they're looking for love and they end up looking for it in the wrong places," said Bev Gibbon, the ASB adviser for Western Christian Satellite Program and youth coordinator for Drvol and her campaign.

    Technology also has afforded many traffickers an added layer of protection. In the past, many victims and their pimps would've been found standing on street corners, but Internet-based trafficking makes it easier for customers to exchange sex for money, allowing the street-level pimp to be shielded from law enforcement.

    Ramos said one of the biggest suppliers of online sex trafficking is the classified-ad website

    Online advertisements for "escorts" can be found for nearly every city in San Bernardino County. Advertisements for young girls and boys could be found selling sexual services - some of whom are as young as 13, he added.

    Ramos said the site's adult services ads generate upwards of $22 million a year.

    "If Backpage really cares about victims like they say they do, then they should immediately shut down its escort service section," Ramos said. "Clearly, they are more concerned with profit over people."

    Calls for comment were not returned by the administrators of the website.

    San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation coordinator Anne-Michelle Ellis said commercial sexual exploitation affects people in all parts of the county.

    "It's not just the kids from `those' neighborhoods or `those' families," Ellis said in a written statement. "All children are vulnerable, and the biggest vulnerability is their age."

    Zapata said the average age of girls forced into human trafficking is 13.

    "The younger they are the more expensive they are," Zapata said.

    According to one undercover detective with the San Bernardino Police Department, some of these girls are taken to Las Vegas to work weekends and holidays.

    The youngest prostitute she found working the streets of San Bernardino was 13.

    But who would pay to have sex with a girl not yet out of junior high school? According to Zapata, it's not who many think.

    "It's not the 'pervert' everyone thinks of," Zapata said. "Usually, in our experience, the men are married and have jobs. It's just not what most people think."

  • Tue, January 22, 2013 7:45 PM | Anonymous
    El Salvador: Gangs launch campaign to turn in weapons

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Leaders of five gangs announced from a Salvadoran prison they’re asking all gang members to turn in their weapons as part of an initiative by the Organization of American States (OAS).

    Along with the Deputy Secretary of the OAS Security Adam Blackwell, the leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Barrio 18 (M-18), Mao Mao, Máquina and Miranda Locos expressed their commitment to disarmament during a press conference in La Esperanza prison in the municipality of Mejicanos on the northern outskirts of the nation’s capital of San Salvador.

    This past July, gang members delivered the first batch of weapons to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza as a goodwill gesture.

    “Violence is no longer an option,” said Barrio 18 leader Carlos Mójica Lechuga.

    Blackwell is pleased with the gangs’ decision.

    “We will start a process that aims for complete abandonment of any criminal activity,” Blackwell said in a prepared statement.

    There was a 53% drop in murders in El Salvador during the six months since the MS-13 and M-18 declared a truce on March 8, according to the National Civil Police (PNC).

    A total of 959 killings were reported nationwide from March 8 through the end of August, a marked decrease after 1,113 were documented during the same time period last year. The country’s murder rate has fallen from 68 to 23 per 100,000 residents – and this has changed how the country is perceived, President Mauricio Funes said.

    El Salvador is no longer home to the world’s second-highest murder rate, which it had in 2011, when a rate of 66 trailed only Honduras’ 82.1, according to the 2011 United Nation’s Global Study on Homicide.

    [AFP (El Salvador), 20/01/2013; El Mundo (El Salvador), 18/01/2013; La Jornada en línea (Mexico), 19/01/2013]
  • Tue, January 22, 2013 7:39 PM | Anonymous
    Internet banging: Gangs use social media to trade insults, threats

    Published on Jan 22, 2013
    Contact Jared Wadley

    ANN ARBORundefinedGangs now occupy two spaces: the streets and the Internet.

    A new University of Michigan study reports that, in addition to carrying guns, gang members have armed themselves with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to incite dares, trade insults or make threats that may result in homicide or other crimes.

    Researchers have described this new interaction as "Internet banging." They examine several factors, including the role of hip-hop music in this phenomenon and urban masculinity's influence on social media behavior.

    Desmond Patton, assistant professor of social work, said it's unclear if Internet banging only involves males or one ethnic group. However, gang-related violence disseminated over social media appears to be a male-dominated behavior that is shaped by fewer employment opportunities for minorities.

    Youth gang members are similar to their non-gang peers regarding online behavior in terms of feeling more positive about themselves using the Internet compared with the real world. The groups differ in using the Internet for posturing.

    "Many gang members, usually those who are new, are interested in making a name for themselves which leads to bragging about acts of violence or crimes that they may not have committed," Patton said.

    Using the Internet allows gang members to promote their affiliation and share information about rival gangs.

    The researchers also examined hip-hop music, which they characterize as the rebellious, assertive voice of urban youth, males in particular. Patton said it's this identity, along with unemployment and poor educational opportunities, that fuels the behavior of some African-American men.

    "In social media, the hip-hop identity has found the optimal playground to perpetuate and replicate itself because of its public nature," he said.

    In addition, male gang members who use the Internet can express their masculinity and be recognized in a public forum.

    "It gives them a place to seek public love and recognition of their manhood, a reinforcement of self they receive in few other places," Patton said.

    The study's other authors were researchers Robert Eschmann and Dirk Butler of the University of Chicago.
  • Sat, January 19, 2013 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Boston gangs part of drug pipeline, officials say(Boston Globe)

    When Michael Scott faced arraignment in October on a shooting charge, the alleged Woodward Avenue gang member had much more to fear than the judge that day in Roxbury District Court.


    Inside the courthouse, Scott found himself surrounded by members of a rival gang from Wendover Street. Scott’s sister was there and called the leader of her brother’s gang, a man named Jonathan DaSilva who is accused of operating a sprawling drug pipeline, according to documents released this week by federal prosecutors.


    “After learning that his associate Mike Scott was in trouble,” the documents recounted, “DaSilva said simply, ‘Say no more.’ ”


    Investigators listened on wiretaps as DaSilva allegedly used his cellphone to put in motion the wheels of murder. The episode on Oct. 23 was captured as part of an almost two-year investigation that culminated Thursday with the dawn arrests of 27 suspects on federal narcotic and firearms charges. Documents provided by prosecutors showed the scope of the sophisticated drug pipeline, which sent shipments of crack cocaine from Boston to Maine, and included $100,000-per-month orders of high-potency marijuana driven by the truckload from California through Chicopee to Boston.


    Prosecutors allege that two violent gangs, one from Woodward Avenue in Roxbury, the other from Hendry Street in the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, formed an alliance and pooled resources to keep narcotics flowing. Investigators learned that the leaders of the two gangs, identified by federal authorities as DaSilva, 29, and Alexis Hidalgo, 31, lived a lavish life, taking one trip to Atlanta during which they stayed at luxury hotels, spent more than $5,000 each to rent sports cars, and purchased a $10,000 table at an awards dinner.


    The longer law enforcement listened to the wiretaps, the deeper they penetrated the world inhabited by the gangs. At times, investigators heard violence bubbling and had to act before the gangs drew blood.


    “Drug dealers like the ones on Woodward and Hendry streets don’t keep their cocaine in banks and call police when they are robbed,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said this week at a press conference announcing the arrests. “They maintain stash houses in the heart of a residential community, and they take retaliation at the point of a gun.”


    That was true on Nov. 12, according to the documents, when Hidalgo ordered his lackey, Victor Scott, to bring him a gun at a Burger King on Dorchester Avenue because he had just been cut off by a Dodge Charger.


    By the time Victor Scott arrived with the firearm, the Charger was gone.


    But on Oct. 23 at Roxbury District Court, the gang members seemed to be destined for a shooting. After learning one of his compatriots had been surrounded by members of a rival gang, DaSilva called two of his subordinates and told them where they could find “hammers,” slang for guns, stashed on Woodward Avenue, according to the documents.

    DaSilva made it clear to one of the potential hit men, Patrick “Pistol” Gomes, that he had “the green light” to pull the trigger when he encountered their rivals from Wendover Street, according to the documents.


    Investigators listening to DaSilva’s telephone conversations moved to stop the shooting, according to the documents.


    Uniformed police rushed to Roxbury District Court and found Gomes outside immersed in an animated discussion with another member of his gang, according to the documents.


    Officers noticed that Gomes adjusted his pants and held his right side as he jogged back to his rental car, two clear indications he had a gun tucked into his waistband, according to the documents.


    Gomes, 27, has long been on the police radar. He was sentenced to a 6½-year federal term following a 2007 arrest for selling crack. He was released last May.

    As part of his release from federal custody, Gomes had been ordered to stay away from several of the men with whom he is now accused of conspiring to sell drugs, including Hidalgo and DaSilva.


    “These are the top echelons of the violence in Boston,” said one law enforcement official.

    That day in October outside Roxbury District Court, police surrounded Gomes’s rental car and found a loaded 9mm handgun in the glove box, according to the documents.


    Officers also allegedly discovered two medium-sized bags of marijuana, more than $600 in cash, and a purple hooded sweatshirt, the color of the Woodward Avenue gang. They arrested Gomes and the other man, Joshua Brandao, 22, of Dorchester.


    As the arrests occurred, investigators listened to the reaction from DaSilva as he spoke on his phone. DaSilva noted in the conversation that Brandao had a scant criminal record and therefore would be ordered to “eat the gun,” which meant he would have to take responsibility for the firearm.


    “Unaware, of course, that his calls were being monitored by the police,” the documents stated, “DaSilva assumed that Gomes and Brandao had been set up by his Wendover Street Rivals.”

  • Fri, January 18, 2013 6:08 PM | Anonymous
    Lowry: Gangs and gunplay on city streets


    Far away from the hallowed halls of Washington and the maddening rhetoric of the National Rifle Association cries out a more complicated America, a place where the streets are littered with shell casings and small bouquets of flowers to remember those who died all too soon.

    Wednesday, as President Obama was speaking with force and compassion about a need for tougher gun laws in the United States, a handful of young men was being paraded before state Superior Court Judge Raymond A. Reddin to face arraignment on charges of murder, attempted murder or conspiracy in the killing of 19-year-old Alex Siri of Clifton. Their appearance in court, reported by Staff Writer John Petrick, drives home the point.

    Yes, this is Passaic County, and we have been this way before. We have seen young people cut down in a hail of gunfire by other young people, with guns obtained from God knows where, for reasons that may really never make much sense to most of us.

    Siri, prosecutors say, was a victim of a case of mistaken identity, dying, police say, after being hit with multiple rounds fired from a .380-caliber handgun while standing outside 139 Parker Ave. in Passaic on Jan. 8. Prosecutors paint the perpetrators as members of The DP or Dominicans Don't Play.

    Whether or not Siri, described by friends as "a calm kid," was the target comes as no solace to those who cared about him. He appears to be only the latest casualty in a wave of gang violence that's menaced the city of Passaic in recent months like the Masque of the Red Death. Former Mayor Margie Semler spoke candidly to me on the troublesome specter of gangs and their reach in Passaic, even down into the city's middle schools.

    "It starts when they're young," Semler said of the gangs' influence. "And it has a way of piling on as the years go by."

    Those arraigned Wednesday include George M. Ramos-Compres, 19, of Passaic, who pleaded not guilty to charges he killed Siri, a Clifton High School graduate who authorities say was standing with his girlfriend near the Home Depot entrance on Parker Avenue. Following the arraignment for Ramos-Compres and four others, Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Michael De Marco spoke of the brutality of the alleged gang-style slaying.

    "They went out, a group of them, in three cars and intended to shoot and kill someone, but Mr. Siri was not the intended target," he told The Record.

    As troubling as the gang aspect of violence is in Passaic, it cannot be divorced from the prevalence of guns, a culture of guns manifest all over America and intensely felt in our most impoverished cities. Such is the sad state of affairs in New Jersey and elsewhere, as police departments are seeing personnel ranks shredded at the altar of "necessary budget cuts."

    At the end of the day, that means fewer officers left to patrol the streets and to deal with the unwieldy, unforgiving reality of too many people with easy access to guns. As you drink your coffee this morning, take a look at the faces of the young men, just boys really, charged in this awful crime.

    They are part of a vast cohort of America's youth that too many people in Washington and elsewhere have all but abandoned, in part because of pressure from the NRA. Our elected leaders, first and foremost, have failed to close loopholes in existing law that allow a gun purchased, say, in the Texas Panhandle to be used in a drug-related killing or bodega robbery in Passaic County.

    These are the same elected leaders who like to tell us that "guns don't kill people, people kill people." Tell that to the friends of Alex Siri. Tell that to the police who patrol the hard streets of Paterson and Passaic.

    There have been, thankfully, a handful of lawmakers, and I count the ageless Sen. Frank Lautenberg among them, who know full well the scourge of these indiscriminate weapons in our urban centers. And then there is Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., who has, time and again, sought to bring federal dollars to help fill gaps left in budgetary shortfalls in cities and towns across North Jersey. Pascrell praised, in particular, the president's call for universal background checks for all gun sales.

    "These are common-sense actions that we can be taking right now to strengthen our background check system and enforce our existing gun laws more aggressively," Pascrell said in a statement.

    So yes, let's put everything on the table in this discussion about guns, including background checks at gun shows. Let's look at the mental health issues. Let's look, for the sake of argument, at the effect of video games and violence in our movies.

    And while we're at it, let's look at the grinding effects of high unemployment, poverty and inadequate schools.

    Most of all, though, let's look at guns and how they wind up in the hands of our young people, and why they have become, all too often, the first arbiter in settling scores on city streets.

    Bruce Lowry is assistant editorial page editor at the Herald News.

  • Thu, January 17, 2013 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Feds bust two Dorchester street gangs - By John Zaremba and Laurel Sweet, Boston Herald

    Some two dozen men undefined with more waiting in line to follow undefined netted by local, state and federal law enforcements agents in a citywide crackdown on guns and drugs early this morning have been ordered held without bail for 10 days at their joint initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings.

    This cash was among the evidence collected by officials during a bust of thirty Boston gang members on drug and firearms charges, announced today by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz

    Packed into a courtroom jury box in jeans, T-shirts and hoodies, the stunned-looking, accused crew was ordered to return for their arraignments Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

    Thirty federally indicted members of two Dorchester street gangs were busted early this morning in a series of raids titled Operation Concord and more than a year in the planning that targeted a cocaine, heroin and marijuana-dealing ring, authorities said.

    “This community has been in desperate need of reprieve from violence,” U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said. “We hope the arrests and prosecution of the defendants will quiet the streets and improve the quality of life for all residents.”

    Those charged range in age from 30 to 36.

    The ringleaders have been identified as Alexis “Papi-Thing” Hidalgo, 31, of Dorchester, reputed head of the Hendry Street gang, and Jonathan “Jerky” DaSilva, 29, of Roxbury, reputed boss of the Woodward Avenue gang.

    Both men are convicted drug dealers on state charges, according to federal court documents.

    Hidalgo and DaSilva are accused of pushing crack cocaine and prescription painkillers throughout Greater Boston, as well as “high-grade” pot they sold for up to $5,200 a pound.

    In one phone call intercepted by wiretap, Hidalgo and an associate are allegedly heard discussing a “mother-load” shipment of drugs, to which Hidalgo responded to his cohort, “You just got us indicted, bro. If they are listening, I sell weed, man.”

    Federal authorities were planning a news conference this afternoon to announce additional details. Ortiz’ office said search warrants were executed at 12 locations.

    The FBI-led raid included “a few hundred” law-enforcement officers, including agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and the Boston Police Department, an official said.

    Mayor Thomas M. Menino called the roundup “a great day,” adding, “Drugs have been taken from our streets, and these violent individuals who profit from harming others will no longer terrorize our neighborhoods.”

    Authorities began carrying out the search warrants about 6 a.m. Those arrested listed addresses in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Randolph, Brockton, California and Maine, and included at least one 22-year-old woman from Dorchester.

    “As this operation shows, now it’s the gang members who have something to fear,” said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations in Boston.

    Collings told the group the court will work tomorrow to assign them all lawyers and he will schedule a separate detention hearing to address the request of prosecutors that they all remain in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending the resolution of their cases.

    “Just because they ask for it doesn’t mean they’re going to get it,” Collings told the defendants.

    Family members, meanwhile, tried to connect with their own words of encouragement as the defendants were led out en masse in chains.
    “Calm down! Please!” one woman called out.

    All approached afterwards by a Herald reporter declined to comment on their loved ones’ busts.

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