One gang member left to stand alone in ‘Zoo’

Stacia Glenn, Staff Writer
COLTON … All but one member of the Colton City Crips are now banished from “The Zoo.”

Authorities said Lawrence White … or “40 Glocc,” as he’s known in the rap world … may have delayed the inevitable.

But he will be standing alone at the Arbor Terrace apartments, better known as “The Zoo,” because his fellow gang members are not allowed to set foot in the neighborhood.

The 128-unit complex on North Rancho Avenue is where police say gang members have for decades sold drugs in front of children and terrorized residents into providing safe havens.

But the gang’s headquarters was ripped away Wednesday when San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Donald Alvarez granted a preliminary gang injunction banning its members from flashing gang signs, signaling vehicles or congregating in the safety zone.

“The court is convinced that there is an element of criminal gang activity that is creating a nuisance to the (neighborhood) and a danger to the people,” Alvarez said.

White’s two attorneys, whom he retained the day before the hearing, argued that he was never served notice and was unaware of the preliminary injunction.

Pages of the injunction listing what the gang members may not do are posted on “40 Glocc’s” MYSPACE page, where he is pictured with a gag over his mouth reading “Freedom?” White is signed to 50 Cent’s G-Unit recording label.

“He is not a shot-caller,” said Colton police Officer Mike Collins, who has been on the gang team for nearly three years. “He is just a member of the group who has reached celebrity status because he was signed by G-Unit.”

Authorities said White was not served notice because they were unsure of where he lived. Eighteen of the gang’s more than 55 members were served last month.

Several were spotted on the outskirts of Arbor Terrace clutching pages of the preliminary injunction the day officials held a news conference announcing it, said Deputy District Attorney Mark Vos.

No hearing has yet been scheduled to make the injunction permanent.

It already seems to be serving the “immediate relief” that was made official Wednesday in a courtroom.

Drug sales and gang crimes have significantly dropped in the safety zone since police and the District Attorney’s Office announced last month that they would seek the injunction, Vos said.

“They called it `The Zoo’ because crime was out of control, and they were proud of that activity,” wrote Sgt. Lou Gamache in an affidavit seeking the injunction.

But now, Gamache and his fellow officers are apparently saying that “The Zoo” is closed for business.

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