*** MS-13 member gets life in prison for pimping out a 12-year-old girl over several months in Alexandria, VA. Meanwhile, the reputed head of the MS-13 clique in Springfield, VA was arrested for allegedly running a child prostitution ring.
*** Three suspected MS-13 members, including a 17-year-old boy, have been charged with using a machete to murder a gang rival in Elizabeth, NJ: "machetes tend to be the weapon of choice for the violent Mara Salvatrucha set."
*** Angels of Sin gang member executed following conviction for killing police officer in San Antonio, TX.
*** The feds arrest three suspected members from Colonia Chiques gang on drug and weapon charges pursuant to an ongoing investigation in Camarillo, CA: "police said Colonia Chiques, which was formed in the 1970s, has more than 1,000 documented members and has strong ties to the Mexican Mafia prison gang."
*** Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office targets the Pico Viejo gang which it believes is responsible for three shootings within the last month.
*** Street gangs increasingly turning to white collar financial crimes: "the evolving criminal schemes, which include mortgage fraud, counterfeiting, bank and credit card fraud and identity theft, are attractive because they are much less risky than traditional gang-related crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and robbery, and have the potential to yield much greater profits, according to a new national gang threat assessment from the FBI."
*** In New York City the new generation of gangbangers collectively dubbed as Young Guns eschew organized gangs for upstart crews which are "more rash, violent and dangerous than their older counterparts": "the crews . . . aren't guided by any of the codes or hierarchy of established gangs -- a deeply troubling development, cops say."
*** Two Crips members are sentenced on federal racketeering charges in Pittsburgh, PA: "the gang was responsible for robberies, attempted murders, drug trafficking, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation, prosecutors say."
*** A leading member from Brown Pride Locos gets 60 years on racketeering conviction in Manatee, FL.
*** In Cincinnati, OH the police round up multiple suspected members from a Walnut Hills gang on various charges "including robbery, drug trafficking and murder."