Azusa gang charged with hate crime in federal RICO case

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Streetgangs.com Staff
June 8, 2011 | 7:11 p.m.

LOS ANGELES – A task force targeted the Varrio Azusa 13 street gang, and 16 people were arrested on federal charges that allege violations of the federal racketeering statute (RICO) in an 18-year conspiracy that alleges gang members violated the civil rights of African-Americans in the City of Azusa.

In addition to the 16 federal arrests on Tuesday, 23 of the defendants were already in custody and seven people were arrested on state narcotics charges, totaling 46 people linked to the Azusa 13 gang. Operation “Bright Lights Big City” is still seeking 12 fugitives named in the federal indictment.

Last week, a federal grand jury returned a 24-count indictment that charges a total of 51 defendants with conspiracy to violate the RICO laws and conspiracy to violate the civil rights of African-Americans. While prior federal cases targeting street gangs have included allegations of race-based violence, the case against the Azusa 13 gang marks only the second time in history that federal civil rights laws have been used against members of a street gang.

The Azusa 13 gang adopted a racist principle “that members of the gang will harass and use violence to drive African-Americans out of the City of Azusa and would use violence in order to prevent African-Americans from moving into the City,” according to the indictment. Six of the defendants are charged in the civil rights conspiracy, which alleges a series of incidents in which African-Americans were harassed through racist graffiti and subjected to attacks that included beatings and robberies. The racist incidents alleged in the indictment span a period from 1992 until May 2010, when an African-American high school student was beaten as he walked home from school.

“The Azusa 13 gang waged a campaign of hate during a two-decade crime spree in which African-Americans were harassed and attacked,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. In addition to the RICO charge and the civil rights conspiracy count, the indictment alleges a long-running conspiracy to distribute narcotics, specifically heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Operation Bright Lights Big City is the result of an investigation that was conducted by the Los Angeles HIDTA Task Force, a federally funded group made up of federal and local law enforcement agencies. The Azusa Police Department worked in conjunction with the Task Force during this investigation, which started in early 2008. The 27 defendants charged in the RICO count face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. Nearly all of the defendants named in the indictment face 10-year mandatory minimum penalties if they are convicted of charged narcotics offenses.

While several federal indictments in Los Angeles have made allegations of crimes targeting African-Americans, the case against Azusa 13 is only the second in which federal civil rights statutes have been used to address racist gang-related activity. In the first case, four members of the Avenues street gang received sentences of life without parole in federal prison for their roles in the racially motivated murders of two African-Americans in Highland Park

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38 Comments for “Azusa gang charged with hate crime in federal RICO case”

  1. crenshaw locc

    F all these brain washed beaners wet-backs,,,,they have no chance with black man if they go one and one

    • Fxxk all you stupid sh*% talking nixxers! Im 6 foot 2, 225 pounds and ill fight any of you changos and win!!!! You mayates have no heart. Ive been in several riots and ive been in about 15 California prisons. Ive been in situations in L.A. county where it was about half us and half blacks and you mayates still didnt want to go at it. You nixxers are so scared of us in the county its pathetic. Grow some balls cowards! The only thing you mayates are down to do is fxck each other up and thats it. Cant even run your own people for sh*%! LEVAS!!!!! VARRIO AZUSA 13 GANG NK ALL DAY!!!

      • @AzusA 13 Gang, I don’t know about over there on the west coast, but if you bring your blank on over to the east coast, I guarantee you someone will definitely accommodate you!!! But I truly believe you are just talking out of the side of your face, because I know some of those brothers out there will give you all that you can handle, and then some!!!

      • A real black man wouldn’t care about how big you are!!! I wonder how much of that sh*% you’re talking about is actual fact or fiction!!!

      • SAVAGE RU

        yea u see where all that nk got yall hahaha

    • ThinkFreedom1st

      I grew up in a mixed neighborhood predominantly black and even now many blacks still live in the area. It was always the blacks ganging up on non-whites or disrespecting their persons or property in some way. To even suggest that blacks fight honorably is a big fat joke and u know it. So ur claim is a lie. It is a known fact that blacks only act out when they are in groups ganging or even attacking one person or a small group especially when they are feeling especially hateful and disrespectful or a bit insecure when surrounded by nonwhites and no threat exist except in their minds. So what is that about?

      • Don’t act like you white people give a fair one either!!! You usually grow balls when you out number blacks, and you said,” you never seen blacks fight one on one”, then you probably haven’t seen to many scuffles!!! It’s not a known fact that blacks attack smaller groups, it’s you whites, and Latinos that has that mob mentality when you have a problem with blacks!!! You don’t say nothing to a black person unless you are in a group or on your computer!!!

        • midcity

          blacks just don’t got the #s thay got but thay know we go hard thay talk that guy sh*% but be playin 2pac and sh*% he would be movin wit us

      • big richdog

        that doesnt hold true for me and my comrads,the ones i grew up with.only cowards ratpack anyway.it does happen alot because there is no fair fight when it comes to street fighting,only survival of the strongest.

    • The Punisher

      You will never see a Mexican/Latino fight one on one…well maybe in a boxing ring but thats it!!!

      • ThinkFreedom1st

        I’ve never seen blacks fight one on one either.

        • AZUSA 13

          Ill fight any of you changos one on one in the street. Im an Azusa 13 gang member and a golden gloves boxer. Im 6’3 245. Any of you changos wanna see me then get at me. VARRIO AZUSA 13 LOKOS GANG! SGV BIG BAD SUR! COME SEE ME AND GET YOUR blank KNOCKED OUT!

  2. What percent of Azusa is Black? I was unaware that there were Blacks living in this town.

  3. Ray

    Alex, I think I read somewhere that Azusa is around 3% black. I haven’t heard of any Crips or Bloods in Azusa. In reading some L.A. Times articles and an article from a SGV based newspaper, the gangmembers were worried that if they let non-gangmember blacks live in their town, then eventually Crips and Bloods who were related to these blacks who weren’t B’s and C’s themselves would follow their relatives to Azusa.

    All of this was connected to La Eme’s push to have a tighter control around Latino gangs and the drug profits in Sureno-dominated areas. Thus, one of the goals was to keep Crips and Bloods from having access to drug dealing in largely Latino areas, even if it meant attacking blacks you knew weren’t Crips and Bloods themselves. Of course, this makes no sense because there wasn’t an organized push by Crips and Bloods to move onto Sureno territory, and a lot of the blacks moving to largely Mexican-American areas (like Harbor Gateway and Highland Park) were fleeing black-on-black gang violence. So, in short, a lot of it just boiled down to simple, illogical racial hatred of blacks.

    One interesting thing I found reading the indictment on Azusa is that in addition to having rivalries with other Sureno gangs like La Puente 13, they were also rivals of Du Roc Crips, who themselves have Sureno enemies in the form of Duarte Eastside and another Sureno gang in Monrovia.

  4. When ever a gang is charged with some level of racial hate crime, it is usually just a couple of the members that engage in this behavior, and the entire gang gets blamed for it.

  5. You mayates are the cowards!!!!!!! Ive been in several riots in prisons in California against you mayates and all you do is run, scream like little girls, and hide to leave your own people out on their own to get beaten on. PUNK COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VARRIO AZUSA 13 RIFA SGV SUR

    • WCNH GB Bloc TiNy TL

      i caught sum boy frm your hood on califronia & camron we beat the taco sauce
      outa him left him leakin fmr his dome than thru a burrito at him and said I dont like all u wet baccs N asnooza

    • big richdog

      chek this out lil vato.half those guys in their are busters,so the fight is already won.but back in my days the early 90s guys was still running sh*%.i ws in a few riots myself and 99% stayed down and battle,if you ran out you was outta there.busters didnt last long back then.you only say these fearful things because you have numbers.you will never win against us remember god created us first,also do your history and know that we have a stake in mexico’s history also,so dont say you hate me because you only hate yourself.do your research vato.dont let this black fool turn you into one.one on one race on race

      • DALTON BLOCK "OG"

        @big richdog….MAN REAL sh*% THOO RIDER…MEXICANS HAVE THE NUMBERS, BUT HEART AND SQUABBLE THEY’RE TOTATLY LACKING.

  6. savage662

    asusa 13 ki*lah WEST KOVINA MOB PIRU stay smashin on trashcans

  7. JB

    When is SB1070 gonna hit Cali so we can get rid of all these trashy beaners?

  8. LATINO

    CHICANO GANGS ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE LA COUNTY CHICANO GANGS ARE WAY BIGGER THEN BLACK GANGS THEY HAVE MORE CONTROL ON THE STREETS AND INSIDE PRISON WALLS

    • Secure The Border

      This is what happens when you let all of these blood sucking illegals infest a state. They multiply nine children to a female, then the new US Citizens act like a cancer on society and destroy it until the state is 100 billion dollars in debt. You already ruined Meheco, now your going for California too. That’s why everyone hates you all

    • big richdog

      maybe in prison but not on the streets. everybody has their day to shine and right now you guys are doin it big.when the crip &, bloods where out there shining we where monsters out ther in the street and the pin.the surenos got they gangbangin ski*ls from the bloods and crips.but now it dont matter,unless you are just that stupid to go out like that in 2011.cant knock your gangbang,but i know its useless for a fact because nobody wins.now you go run your prisons and streets see how far that goes.

  9. crenshaw locc

    first it of all the reasons for all theses Mexicans in LA county is having kids out the wood-locks left and right from there womens and then after that all the boys grow up with no father do Gide them and show them how to be a man insted of hating on other ppl then they get all brain washed to hate black/white ppl for what ever reasons then end up in jail and get abused in there ,,,smh

  10. WESTSIDE BLACKDIAMANTES RIFA NOMAS FUK THE REST………….

  11. chluke

    the blackies started all this in the riots of 92 L.A….without thinking, they started pulling latinos from cars and beating the sh*% out of them for no reason…unknowingly starting a race war they had no chance in hell of winning! Since then, blackies have been systematicly targeted for removal on the streets and in prisons. When i hear about whats happening in Azusa and every other corner of L.A., I shake my head and think “YOU BROUGHT THIS UPON YOURSELVES” their race is sure paying a hell of a price for a few days of drunken rioting!

    • DALTON BLOCK "OG"

      APPARENTLY YOU’RE ANOTHER IGNORANT HISPANIC POLITIC…IF YOU WAS TO SAY EVERYONE HAVE THEIR TIME TO SHINE THEN I COULD HAVE AGREE’D WITH YOU…YOUR TIME IS NOW YALL ARE DOING YOUR THING FOR NOW…BUT SADLY MEXICANS WILL B THE NEXT TO FALL OF…NOBODY BROUGHT sh*% UPON THEMSELVES IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN ITS LIFE…NOBODY WINS ITS A CYCLE THAT KONTINUES GOING…

  12. crenshaw locc

    oh for all the Mexican out there yall know damn well the onces that hate on blacks or white or others are the one that were brought up to HATE through there FAM ,,czz i know there are the good one out there jest bout they business and take care of they ppl,,,but racists once Are the sick minded / brainwashed that cant think for there self as they own adult ,,,,yall basically being used out in the streets and behind the walls

  13. The sad part about what’s going on in that neighborhood is, they will keep on attacking blacks, and no one is going to do sh*% about it!!! We will retaliate against our own, but when someone else get at us, we don’t do sh*%!!!

    • SAVAGE RU

      speak for yourself homie

      • “Speak for myself”??? Nah, black man, I’m speaking on what I know and see!!! Every time I come on here, I see black people talking sh*% to one another, but doesn’t address these Mexicans or crackers that’s out there talking mad sh*%!!! I hope you are holding it down out there!!! We don’t have too may Mexicans where I live, and the ones that are here, are quiet as church mouses!!! Most Latinos, not all are cool as sh*% out this way, but they have that mob mentality when it goes down, but that sh*% gets taking care of real quick!!!

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