*** The feds indict 13 suspected Latin Kings members, including former city council candidate Jorge Cornell, on racketeering charges in Greensboro, NC:
The indictment alleges that Cornell gained control of all North Carolina chapters of the Latin Kings "through violence, threats of violence, and coercion." It goes on to say that Cornell disguised the criminal activities of the group with a public relations campaign to "to falsely portray the Latin Kings as a public service organization."
*** In the nation's capital the feds indict seven suspected G-Rod or 1-4 crew members, including a former intern for a local councilman, on robbery, gun and murder charges.
*** It's decades in prison for 17 members of the Texas Mexican Mafia following their drug convictions in Austin, TX:
The Texas Mexican Mafia has a brutal history in other parts of the state but has generally not been very active in Austin, which has been dominated by the Texas Syndicate prison gang. The prison gangs generally recruit members behind bars, and those members band together to commit crimes upon their release.
*** The feds indict 18 suspected Texas Syndicate members on racketeering charges involving four murders, attempted murder, drug trafficking and other crimes in San Antonio, TX:
The Texas Syndicate formed in California's prison system in the 1970s, and has grown to be one of Texas' largest. Its members, who have a heavy presence in Austin, refer to each other as "cuernos" -- horns -- because they tend to be attired, or tattoo themselves, with the logo of the University of Texas Longhorns, gang experts said.
*** The California Supreme Court overturns convictions for reputed gang leader and his alleged accomplice "in two killings that sent both men to death row for 15 years": "Cleamon Johnson, known as 'Big Evil,' headed a gang called the 89 Family Bloods during the 1980s and early '90s that authorities contend was responsible for about 60 killings in South Los Angeles."
*** In Bethlehem, PA a Bloods member gets 3 1/2 years for targeting Lehigh University students in robberies.
*** A Bloods member in Bridgeport, CT gets 6 years for selling crack and smack.
*** A Kilby Street gang member is charged with whacking rival from Providence Street Posse outside City Hall in Worcester, MA.
*** A reputed Iraqi Mafia member pleads guilty to immigration and firearm offenses in Salt Lake City, UT.
*** The feds indict 50 suspected members of the Dominican-based Trinitarios gang in NYC on racketeering, drug and gun charges following a two-year undercover investigation.