*** Alleged leader of MS-13 cell in Montgomery County, MD charged with pimping out children: Yimmy Anthony Pineda Penado "allegedly provided juvenile female runaways with alcohol and drugs in an effort to make them more compliant and receptive to being prostituted."
*** 17-year-old MS-13 recruit pleads guilty to killing 18-year-old rival Latin Kings member to earn gang membership in Richmond, VA.
*** Reputed Norteno member charged with attempted murder of three federal agents in San Francisco, CA.
*** An "internecine war is tearing the gangs apart" in San Francisco, CA: "'They were all friends not long ago - now they have turned on each other,' Chief Greg Suhr said, pointing to a string of shootings that has left four people dead since Saturday and earlier this summer killed three people."
*** In Camden, NJ gang membership grows due to predatory recruiting:
The number of Bloods members has more than doubled to more than 1,300 since 2007, according to Sgt. Christina DeCristofor of the county Prosecutor's Office. Membership in the Crips has more than tripled to more than 270, she said. The different sets of Bloods include Sex Money Murder, G-Shine, and Neighborhood Bloods. Other gangs include MS-13 and Latin Kings as well as the Crips. Gang leaders are heavily recruiting young teenagers and employing them in the drug trade because juvenile penalties are lighter than adult penalties, DeCristofor said.
*** Police bust drug market allegedly run by Four Corner Hustlers in Chicago, IL: "the investigation . . . uncovered heroin, cannabis and crack cocaine with a street value of about $20,000," and resulted in 14 arrests "including nine convicted felons and one parolee."
*** Suspected members of the Ruff Ryders charged with insurance fraud in New River, AZ: "basically the gang leader ordered the other gang members to strip car down and burn it for an insurance claim," said DPS spokesman Officer Carrick Cook.