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  • Thu, January 22, 2015 8:31 AM | Trevor (Administrator)

     

    Just over a month after setting out on their first patrol in Greenport, the Guardian Angels are reporting positive results: According to Benjamin Garcia, who leads the Greenport patrol, MS-13 gang members who’d been preying on women and employees at a convenience store in Greenport, after seeing the organized presence of the Guardian Angels, have hit the road and made themselves scarce.

    Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, said those results speak to the direct and positive impact the group has made on the community. “It can best be seen so far in the way we have been attempting to uproot the gang members away from the bodegas and convenience stores where they have been problematic. Harrasing women, intimidating the customers and threatening the store owners. Most important, when the children walk by, they now see there is an alternative to MS-13 and 18th Street gangs. It is the Guardian Angels.”

    In November, at a mass held at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport, members of the Latino community applauded the Guardian Angels and signed up to join patrols as new recruits; two of those new members were present Saturday night.

    “The involvement as Guardian Angels from the immigrant community of Greenport is imperative to the success of our effort to stem the growing gang activity in the community and schools,” Sliwa said. “Initially our detractors said it couldn’t happen. But the Guardian Angel effort involves self-help. And the immigrant community, through their support and involvement as Guardian Angels, are taking responsibility for what happens in their community.”

    Next, the Guardian Angels are set to commence patrols this month in Riverhead, Sliwa said; in December, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said he’d welcome the Guardian Angels to Riverhead with an eye toward combating gang activity and keeping the Latino community safe from “thugs”.

    “Our successful launch of the Guardian Angels in the immigrant community of Greenport has paved the way for the start of our effort in Riverhead. Our first patrol will go out the last week of January. The town supervisor has requested that we focus on the immigrant community of Riverhead where a number of crime problems have taken place of late. We will be seeking recruits from that community to patrol Riverhead as Guardian Angels,” Sliwa said.

    After the alleged gang attack in Southold in October, Sliwa offered to help address what he considers a growing threat not only on the North Fork but nationwide.

    Sliwa has said that having Guardian Angels from the immigrant community who speak Spanish is critical, to reach out to the burgeoning Latino community most vulnerable to gangs preying on their youth. It happens most often in local school districts — with some children recruited into MS-13 and 18th Street gangs as young as six years old. Forming bonds of trust within the Latino community, the Guardian Angels in Greenport are able to bridge gaps and communicate with those who’ve long felt disenfranchised and want to keep their streets safe from gangs, he said.

    “It’s important to realize that this is a community that wants to help themselves,” Sliwa said.

    During an earlier patrol in December, new recruits spoke to SoutholdLOCAL about what had compelled them to don the red jackets and berets that are the hallmark of the Guardian Angels — and to hit the streets.

    “I have kids, a 14 year old and an 18-month old,” said Oscar Cruz of Greenport. “Every generation, they’re waiting for help from the outside, or waiting for cops to do the job. I want to make a difference. If we can do something about leaving our streets safe for our children, for the future, even if we catch one bad guy, it will make a difference.”

    He added, “It’s better to start today to make a change, rather than waiting for the next generation.”

    Oscar Sanchez said he has long been motivated to get involved after Eber Lopez, 15, of Greenport was shot by alleged gang members in 2009. The teen, who went missing after a christening, was found in Farmingville.

    Sanchez he knew the boy, and since his death, always felt the need to do something to stem the tide of gang activity in his own community. “He was at a party with gang members. And then he was shot,” he said.

    “I like helping the community,” added Minor Barcarsel of Greenport.

    Gabriel Gonzales said he joined the effort “to clean up the community and get rid of the gangs. We want to protect all the children.”

    One woman, who declined to be named out of fear for her own safety, confirmed in December that she hoped to join the Guardian Angels; she was moved to take action after her brother was almost assaulted by a known MS-13 gang member in Greenport.

    Another employee of a local business who saw the Guardian Angels gathered outside Monday night said she was happy to see them in the village. “Having them here means more security,” she said. 

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  • Sat, January 17, 2015 8:26 AM | Trevor (Administrator)

    NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cops were warned to be watchful, especially in Brownsville's Howard Houses.

    Cops were warned on Friday that a Brooklyn street gang may be gunning for them soon, according to authorities.

    Detectives from Brownsville’s 73rd Precinct received information that the gang, known as the Young Gunnerz, have made “threats of violence” against cops, according to the internal memo, acquired by the Daily News on Friday.

    Cops citywide were told to be careful, especially in Brownsville and the Howard Houses where the gang is active.

    “All (officers) on patrol are to use caution and to be aware of their surroundings at all times,” the memo noted. Earlier this week, cops were told members of the Latin Kings had planned to shoot cops in the Bronx, but the threat was ultimately deemed not credible.

  • Mon, January 12, 2015 8:32 AM | Trevor (Administrator)

    The daughter of a former member of the Latin Kings gang demonstrates hand signals with gang handkerchiefs. The notorious gang allegedly has a plot against cops in the Bronx.Matthew Roberts for new york daily newsThe daughter of a former member of the Latin Kings gang demonstrates hand signals with gang handkerchiefs. The notorious gang allegedly has a plot against cops in the Bronx.

    Cops across the city have been warned of a possible plot by the Latin Kings gang to shoot officers at a specific Bronx intersection in the coming weeks, according to police sources.

    The department named seven believed associates of the notorious gang who were possibly planning to ambush cops at W. Farms Road and E. Tremont Ave. in Castle Hill during the week of Jan. 19, according to the NYPD’s intelligence bureau, which transmitted the threat to all posts and commands on Sunday.

    An informant reported the alleged plot to cops, but the threat had not yet been verified, according to the memo, which nevertheless urged rank and file cops to use extreme caution when interacting with the men.

    At least two of the potential threat-makers have served time in state prison on charges of attempted robbery and weapons possession, according to public records.

  • Wed, November 12, 2014 2:56 PM | COREY

    Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 • Updated at 3:24 PM EST

    Fourteen members of the Latin Kings street gang have been indicted on charges accusing them of attacks against rivals that left four victims maimed for life, law enforcement officials announced Thursday.
    One victim was stabbed and nearly scalped in an attack last year, according to the indictment. Three of his fellow gang members who were present at the time were also assaulted. They all survived.
    Vodka, Heroin, Razors Easy to Smuggle Into Rikers: Probe
    "The streets of Brooklyn do not belong to the Latin Kings but to the people of Brooklyn, and our streets after now safer as a result of these arrests," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.
    Ten of the indicted gang members were arrested Wednesday; four were already behind bars. They were arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court and nine were ordered to return to court in January. The lead defendant, Luis Blanco, 26, alleged "First Crown" of the Latin King's Outlaw tribe, was held without bail.
    Man Attacks 7-Year-Old Son, 2 Women With Barbell: Cops
    The charges against them include attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, gang assault and tampering with witnesses in connection with attacks on seven rivals of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation's Outlaws tribe, according to the indictment.
    If convicted of the most serious charges, each defendant faces up to 25 years in prison, Thompson said.
    The charges stem from attacks against rival gang members that began in September, 2013.
    A second indictment charges four individuals, including a Latin King, with kidnapping and other crimes in connection with an assault and robbery on Oct. 21 in East New York.

  • Wed, November 12, 2014 2:54 PM | COREY

    By Mark Belcher, News 4 Digital Producer
    Published: November 7, 2014, 9:49 pm

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) undefined A 10th Street Gang member was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for the murder of a rival gang member in 2009.

    Miguel Moscoso, 23, of Buffalo was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara. He originally was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) after being a member of the 10th Street Gang for only a year.

    “Today’s sentence – like others issued in this case – demonstrates that those who engage in gang activity pay a heavy price upon conviction,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul said.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Tripi said Moscoso participated in gang violence, possessed firearms, sold marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine and other controlled substances on Buffalo’s west side.

    Moscoso isn’t the only 10th Street Gang member who has been convicted. He and 44 of his former gang have been convicted as part of the case.

  • Wed, November 12, 2014 2:53 PM | COREY

    By: TWC News Staff
    11/11/2014 08:13 AM

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Another member of Buffalo's 10th Street Gang has been sentenced in Federal Court.

    U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced 35-year-old Efrain Barreto will serve more than 8 years. Barreto was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Conspiracy.

    Hochul said Barreto sold cocaine and other drugs on the West Side and supplied cocaine to younger members of the gang. He also provided firearms to fellow gang members who used them in shootings.
    Barreto is one of 44 people convicted in the case.

    - See more at: http://buffalo.twcnews.com/content/news/784473/another-member-of-buffalo-10th-street-gang-sentenced/#sthash.6LNR5VIy.dpuf

  • Tue, October 28, 2014 7:08 PM | COREY

    Two Bloods Members Sentenced To Life In Prison ForThe Execution Of Rival Gang Leader

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, August 22, 2014


    Over 30 Members of Violent Staten Island Drug Crews Convicted

    Earlier today at the Brooklyn federal courthouse, Dontae Sebbern and Dexter Waiters were sentenced to life in prison for, among other crimes, the racketeering-related murder of gang leader Jermaine Dickersen, also known as “Big Den.” The defendants, members of a set of the Bloods known by various names including the “Gorilla Bloods,” were convicted after trial in December 2012 of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, murder in-aid-of racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other firearms charges.

    The sentences were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

    “The defendants turned the streets of Staten Island into a war zone to perpetuate their gang feud. These defendants were not commissioned soldiers, however, but common criminals who used gang allegiance as an excuse for murder and mayhem. This sentencing closes one chapter in this Office’s ongoing investigations into gang and narcotics-related violence on Staten Island,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “This Office and our federal and city law enforcement partners will not tolerate such senseless and heinous criminal conduct in our communities.” Ms. Lynch thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York City Police Department, and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation.

    In late 2009, a gang war erupted between the Gorilla Bloods and a rival criminal organization known as the “Arlington Crew,” comprised largely of Bloods gang members based in the Arlington neighborhood of Staten Island. Sebbern, Waiters, and their associate Earl Mangen sold drugs together and, prior to the war, were supplied by associates of the Arlington Crew. In the early morning of November 7, 2009, at a party on Arlington Avenue, a Gorilla Bloods leader started a fight with a member of the Arlington Crew. Dickersen, who at the time was one of the highest ranking Bloods on Staten Island, as well as Arlington Crew members Dion Nelson and Frankie Nelson joined in the fight. When a member of the Gorilla Bloods pulled out a knife, Dion Nelson drew a firearm and shot him in the lower back.1 About an hour after this shooting, Dickersen was shot and killed in a nearby parking lot. Moments later, Sebbern and Waiters were arrested jumping out of a car in possession of firearms, including the murder weapon, and wearing matching camouflage bullet-proof vests.2

    Overall, as a result of a series of investigations begun in 2008 into drug and gang-related activity on the North Shore of Staten Island, more than 30 defendants have been convicted of racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses.

    The sentencing proceeding of Sebbern and Waiters was held before United States District Judge Sandra L. Townes.

    The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shreve Ariail and Kevin Trowel.

    The Defendants:

    DEXTER WAITERS, also known as “Bugotti”

    Age: 27

    Staten Island, New York

    DONTAE SEBBERN, also known as “K.D.”

    Age: 26

    Staten Island, New York

    E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 10-CR-087

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    1 In April 2013, Dion Nelson was sentenced to 25 years in prison following his guilty plea to discharging a firearm in connection with a narcotics trafficking offense.

    2 One week later, Mangen was found dead outside his home, shot three times. Andre Collier, an associate of Dickerson’s and Mangen’s former drug supplier, subsequently pled guilty to premeditated homicide and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.


  • Tue, October 28, 2014 7:07 PM | COREY

    MS-13 Gang Member From Jamaica, Queens Indicted For Murder Of 19-Year-Old Man In Long Island

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, August 28, 2014


    Defendant and Co-Conspirators Lured Victim from Queens to Long Island and then Shot Him Because They Believed He Was Cooperating with Law Enforcement

    Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed charging the defendant, Byron Lopez, with conspiracy to commit murder in-aid-of racketeering, murder in-aid-of racketeering, obstruction-of-justice murder and firearms offenses.1 If convicted, Lopez will face mandatory life imprisonment. Lopez, who was arrested this morning, was presented for arraignment earlier today at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York.

    The charges and arrest were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; James T. Hayes, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York Field Office; James Higgins, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms, New York Field Division (ATF); and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.

    “This Office has a long history of prosecuting and convicting members of the MS-13 gang, which for years has pursued its particularly brutal brand of violence and lawlessness in neighborhoods throughout Queens and Long Island,” stated U.S. Attorney Lynch. “This prosecution, which brings another member of the gang to justice for a murder that disrupted one of our communities earlier this year, is part of our ongoing mission to dismantle MS-13 wherever and whenever it rears its head in this district.” Ms. Lynch thanked the Suffolk County Police Department for its assistance with the investigation.

    "Today’s arrest of Byron Lopez, a member of the violent MS-13 street gang who is alleged to have coordinated the murder of a fellow gang member and other violent crimes, is yet another step in the efforts of law enforcement to attack the leadership of MS-13 and put an end to their menacing criminal conduct," said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of HSI. “HSI is proud of its partnerships with law enforcement agencies in Suffolk County, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York that further investigations against violent criminal street gangs that present significant threats to public safety."

    As alleged in court documents, Lopez is a member of the Jamaica, Queens chapter of the violent street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as “MS-13.” On February 25, 2014, Lopez and other members of the gang directed the victim, fellow gang member Sidney Valverde, to travel to Long Island under the false pretense that they needed him to assist in gang business there. In fact, Lopez and his co-conspirators planned to kill Valverde because they believed that he was providing information about the gang’s activities to federal law enforcement. After Valverde traveled to Long Island, the conspirators shot him in the back of the head and left his body on Miller Place Beach in Suffolk County, where it was discovered by a beachcomber approximately two weeks later.

    The indictment of Lopez is the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13, a violent international street gang comprised primarily of immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras. With numerous chapters, or “cliques,” through the United States, MS-13 has a significant presence in Queens and is the largest street gang in Long Island. Since 2003, more than 250 MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York. More than 150 of those MS-13 members have been convicted on federal racketeering charges. Since 2010 alone, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 20 murders in the Eastern District of New York, and has convicted more than 35 MS-13 members in connection with those murders.

    The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Darren A. LaVerne and Alixandra E. Smith.

    The Defendant:

    BYRON LOPEZ, also known as “Viruz”

    Age: 23

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    1 The charges contained in the indictments are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.




  • Tue, October 28, 2014 7:05 PM | COREY

    MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced To Life
    For Murdering Two-Year-Old Child And Mother

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Thursday, October 2, 2014


    Adalberto Ariel Guzman (aka “Gringo”) and MS-13 Co-Conspirators Executed 19-Year-Old Vanessa Argueta and Her Two-Year-Old Son Diego Torres

    Earlier today at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, Adalberto Ariel Guzman, also known as “Gringo,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13 street gang, was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison plus 35 years. Guzman was convicted, on September 9, 2013, following a three-week trial, on all counts, including two counts of murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy to commit murders in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses, in connection with the February 5, 2010 slayings of 19-year-old Vanessa Argueta and her two-year-old son Diego Torres in Central Islip, New York.

    The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; George Venizelos, Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; and Thomas C. Krumpter, Acting Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department.

    “The MS-13 has become infamous for unleashing ruthless violence on the streets of Long Island. However, even for the MS-13, the execution-style murders of a young mother and an innocent child, carried out by Guzman and his fellow gang members, were particularly senseless and cold-blooded crimes,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “The tenacious investigation and prosecution by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force and my Office, the jury’s guilty verdict last September, and today’s sentence send the unequivocal message that anyone who engages in such brutal and heinous crimes will spend the rest of his life in federal prison.” United States Attorney Lynch expressed her sincere gratitude to the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force for its tireless efforts to bring Guzman and his co-conspirators to justice.

    At trial, the government proved that Guzman and other MS-13 members, including MS- 13 leader, Heriberto Martinez, also known as “Boxer,” Juan Garcia, also known as “Cruzito,” and Rene Mendez Mejia, also known as “Zorro,” plotted to kill Argueta because they believed she had disrespected the MS-13. On February 4, 2010, when Guzman, Garcia, and Mejia planned to kill Argueta, she was with her son, and the MS-13 members decided to murder him as well. Guzman, Garcia, and Mejia lured Argueta and Torres into a secluded wooded area in Central Islip, where they executed the mother and child, shooting Argueta in the head and chest, and Torres twice in the head. Specifically, the evidence at trial established that Guzman fired the fatal shots to Torres’s head. After they murdered Argueta and Torres, Guzman, Garcia, and Mejia fled to El Salvador, but Guzman was arrested on May 17, 2010, in Miami, Florida, when he attempted to return to the United States from El Salvador. Thereafter, Guzman was indicted and found guilty on all counts relating to the Argueta and Torres murders following a trial in August and September 2013.

    Guzman’s three co-conspirators, Martinez, Garcia, and Mejia were also arrested and indicted in connection with the Argueta and Torres murders. Martinez was convicted in March 2013, following a six-week trial, and later sentenced to life in prison, plus 60 years. Mejia pled guilty to the murders and is pending sentence. Garcia, who surrendered to law enforcement authorities in Nicaragua, waived extradition, and was returned to the United States after being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in March 2014, is pending trial in the Eastern District.1

    The convictions of Guzman and his codefendants are the latest in a series of federal prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York targeting members of the MS-13, a violent international street gang comprised primarily of immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras. With numerous branches, or “cliques,” the MS-13 is the largest street gang on Long Island. Since 2003, more than 250 MS-13 members, including dozens of clique leaders, have been convicted on federal felony charges in the Eastern District of New York. More than 150 of those MS-13 members have been convicted on federal racketeering charges. Since 2010 alone, this Office has obtained indictments charging MS-13 members with carrying out more than 20 murders in the Eastern District of New York, and has convicted more than 35 MS-13 members in connection with those murders. These prosecutions are the product of investigations led by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, comprising agents and officers of the FBI, Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, Suffolk County Probation, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Rockville Centre Police Department, and Suffolk County Police Department.

    The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco.

    The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John J.

    Durham and Raymond A. Tierney.

    The Defendant:

    ADALBERTO ARIEL GUZMAN, also known as “Gringo”

    Central Islip, New York

    Age: 22

    __________________________________________________________________________

    1 The charges contained in the indictment against Garcia are merely allegations, and he is

    presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


  • Tue, October 28, 2014 6:59 PM | COREY

    Bloods Street Gang Leader Sentenced To 30 Years Of Imprisonment For Racketeering, Murder, Drug Distribution And Firearms Use

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, October 3, 2014


    Today in Brooklyn federal court, Laron Spicer, also known as “Face,” a leader of the “Nine-Trey Gangsters” set of the Bloods street gang in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was sentenced to a 30-year prison term for charges related to the set’s control of illegal activity on Sterling Place between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues for over 12 years. Throughout the period of Spicer’s leadership of the set, Sterling Place was beset by gang-related drive-by shootings, regular gunfire, slashings and drug dealing. As the set’s primary enforcer, Spicer was responsible for numerous acts of violence, including shootings and slashings, and held neighborhood residents in fear of violent retribution for questioning his authority or cooperating with law enforcement.

    The sentencing was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, George Venizelos, Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, and William J. Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.

    “For over a decade, Spicer used violence and brutality to terrorize the streets of Crown Heights. Let today’s lengthy sentence be a message to other gang members victimizing their own communities – we will not tolerate violence and gang-related crimes,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. Ms. Lynch thanked the FBI, the NYPD, and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case.

    In 2010, an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York City Police Department led to the indictment and arrest of Spicer and 11 of the gang’s members and associates on charges including racketeering, drug distribution, murder and attempted murder. Among other acts, Spicer was charged with four non-fatal shootings and the 2008 murder of rival drug dealer William Singletary, who had set up a competing drug operation in the gang’s territory. During the period charged in the indictment, Spicer was arrested 30 times by New York City police officers and was convicted of, among other offenses, illegal gun possession on five occasions and witness tampering for threatening to kill a police officer who was testifying against him at a state court proceeding. On December 19, 2013, Spicer pled guilty to federal charges of racketeering, narcotics distribution conspiracy, and ordering the murder of Singletary.

    The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Amatruda, Nadia Shihata and Erik Paulsen.

    The Defendant:

    LARON A. SPICER

    Alias: “Face”

    Age: 34




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