There were towns that clearly did not have any real gang issues as such to speak of 10 years ago, 15 years ago for sure, that now have not just gang issues but serious gang issues," said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. * * * So where did the gangs come from? In part, from the Chicago Housing Authority, said Cook County Gang Crimes Commander Derrick Carey. "There’s no boundaries for them right now. Most of them are very mobile," he said. As demolition began on high-rise public housing over the last decade, boundaries deteriorated and gang members headed for new territory: the suburbs.
*** Following murder last week of Sex Money Murder leader Demetrius Lewis, police in Trenton, NJ step up anti-gang effort: "police are seeking to quell tensions between Sex Money Murder and rival Gangster Killer Bloods (GKB) by taking their members off the street."
*** In South Beach, FL alleged member of Str8 Drop charged with fatal shooting of man inside nightclub: "Investigators believe the gang may be involved in a series of bloody street feuds that have claimed dozens of lives over the past two years."
*** Three suspected Hilltop Crips members get lengthy sentences for score-settling shooting in Tacoma, WA.
*** In Garfield County, CO federal ICE agents busted 30 suspected gang members and associates on immigration violations including returning to the country after prior deportations:
The gangs that the arrestees are believed to have been members of, or associated with, include the Bloods, the Mexican Mafia-Azteca, MS 13, SUR 13 and Sureños. * * * ICE and other agencies have reason to believe that "criminal gangs, such as the Sureños and others, are becoming increasingly involved in Colorado with smuggling and distributing narcotics and other criminal activities."
"It's getting worse," says Mike James, director of Rockingham County's Gang & Forsensic Unit. "We're so close to Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and we have Danville to the north, and so a lot of the gang activity is starting to migrate north and south and we're caught pretty much in the middle of it." * * * "We're getting word they're recruiting as young as fourth and fifth graders," says James.