*** Thirty-four Hilltop Crips collectively sentenced to 328 years in prison in Tacoma, WA.
*** Two suspected Crips members charged with raping and pimping out a 17-year-old girl in Salem, OR.
*** Street gangs increasingly turning to child prostitution in California:
Gang members are recruiting teenage girls for prostitution in schools and "selling them over and over," [Assemblyman Marty] Block said. Where drugs can only be sold once, girls are a "renewable resource for gangs," he said. * * * Sheriff Bill Gore said that since 2007, a task force created to combat the problem has arrested 164 pimps, 44 percent of whom are gang members. Of the 372 female victims, about 30 percent were minors, he said.
*** Seven suspected MS-13 members on trial for racketeering in San Francisco, CA:
They are "a group that lives, breathes and celebrates violence," said Justice Department attorney Theryn Gibbons. From the mid-1990s onward, Gibbons said, local leaders of El Salvador-based Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, have used fear and intimidation to control their Mission District turf, extort money from drug dealers and phony-document peddlers, and eliminate rivals.
*** An MS-13 member is convicted for execution-style murder of three college-bound friends in Newark, NJ.
*** A second Bloods member pleads guilty for his role in the "brutal torture killing" of a couple in Camden, NJ.
*** Inmates run prison in New York City: "Bloods gang members at Rikers Island have launched a campaign of beatings and death threats to silence fellow inmates set to testify in a murder trial."
*** National boss of the Latin Kings convicted in Chicago, IL: "Augustin 'Tino' Zambrano, 51, considered by authorities as the gang's highest-ranking leader in the nation, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy and multiple federal charges for orchestrating violence and drug dealing in Chicago."