*** Members of the West Side Street Mobb in Seattle, WA plead guilty to running a prostitution ring which included girls as young as 15 years old:
Shawn Clark, a 21-year-old West Seattle man who authorities said pimped out two teenage girls, then took all of their earnings to support his lifestyle, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court today. His plea was followed by guilty pleas from fellow West Side Street Mobb gang member Thomas Foster, 20, to four counts, including promoting prostitution, assault and conspiracy to commit prostitution; and Gerald Jackson, 21, to one count of promoting prostitution. Clark, Foster and Jackson are the latest members of the West Side Street Mobb to enter guilty pleas after Seattle police, the FBI, the King County Sheriff's Office, as well as county and federal prosecutors, started investigating the gang last year for allegedly running a large juvenile prostitution ring. * * * Federal prosecutors say that the West Side Street Mobb was formed only three years ago but now has 50 members and associates, and has been tied to two fatal shootings and to bank fraud. A handful of members are currently being prosecuted in U.S. District Court. Teen prostitution has become a growing problem in Seattle.
*** In St. Paul, MN an enraged father, a reputed member of the Bloods, allegedly hits his four-year-old son for wearing a shirt which was the color of a rival gang.
*** Over 100 members from 14 different gangs have been arrested "following an investigation that revealed drug-running activities stretching from Arizona to the East Coast":
A task force led by Phoenix police and the FBI announced they arrested 63 of the suspects early Wednesday. Two others turned themselves in, and nearly 40 people are outstanding, authorities said. The far-reaching criminal conspiracy case compiled by the FBI's Violent Street Gang Task Force received its nickname, Operation Trident, because investigators initially focused on three street gangs. Since January, investigators unraveled drug operations that supplied the local market and as far away as New York and Delaware.
*** Several members of MS-13 arrested in Long Branch, NJ on cocaine trafficking charges in an operation that brought in $600,000 a month.
*** In San Antonio, TX high ranking members of the rival Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate gangs have been busted for allegedly peddling heroin, and more than $300,000 of junk was seized.
The deadly stompings, gunplay and street fighting that claimed the lives of three teenagers became the focus of three separate murder trials last week. Each case provided a glimpse of a violent gang subculture in El Paso that is not likely to go away soon. "It's inherent that it will increase," said Mary Lou Carrillo, a retired El Paso police sergeant, who spent most of her career investigating gangs. "There is no way we will see a decrease in gang violence with a population increase." El Paso is not only a growing city but also a prime spot on one of the busiest narco-trafficking corridors in the nation.
*** A member of the Crips in Wichita, KS has been sentenced to 96 months in prison following his conviction on federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges.
*** Police in Sioux Falls, SD busted a drug ring whose participants included "members of a Chicago-based street gang known at the Mickey Cobras":
"They are very well organized street gang from the Southside of Chicago and they are trying to spread out to other cities in the Midwest,” Lt. Steve Haney of the Sioux Falls Police Department said. Investigators believe they're doing that to expand their drug market.
*** Two members of the Insane Deuces receive life sentences in Chicago, IL following their convictions on federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges:
They are the seventh and eighth men to receive life sentences from the 2005 sweep. "The Insane Deuces was a diabolical group," [Judge Harry] Leinenweber said at one point during the hearings. "I can't feel particularly sorry." Of the 16 men charged, 14 were convicted, one pleaded guilty and one is still missing. The racketeering convictions tied the men to three murders, five attempted murders and up to $1.25 million in drug trafficking in 2002.
*** A Top 6 gang member was arrested for a double shooting in 2006 outside a Lake Worth, FL restaurant, and "is also a suspect in numerous shootings": "the Top 6 street gang is linked to at least 150 shootings and 14 murders in Palm Beach County in recent years, according to authorities."
*** A member of the Third Shift gang in Manatee County, FL got sixty years in prison following his conviction on state racketeering charges, and the sentence "is the longest ever handed down to a gang member since the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution began using the racketeering statute to prosecute criminal gangs."