Two leaders of ‘Los Palillos’ Mexican gang convicted of murders, kidnappings

Jorge Rojas-Lopez

CNS | January 16, 2014 SAN DIEGO – Two leaders of a Mexican drug trafficking gang were convicted Thursday of several murders and kidnappings in San Diego County between 2004 to 2007. Jorge Rojas Lopez, 34, was found guilty of four murders, while Juan Estrada-Gonzalez, also 34, was convicted of six counts of first-degree murder, […]

New strategy seeks to stem gang crime in Kansas City

COMBAT funds

MARK MORRIS (The Kansas City Star) | December 18, 2010 Even before last week’s shootout at a Kansas City church, authorities were devising new ways to stem the surging drug crime and violence associated with street gangs. They include a new partnership between federal prosecutors and Jackson County that could help define the gang threat […]

Mo. sheriff alleges gang leader wanted him killed


By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH (Associated Press) January 15, 2010 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities say the self-professed head of a motorcycle gang whom investigators blame for a bungled New Jersey kidnapping tried to persuade new biker recruits to kill a Missouri sheriff and his deputy. The Bates County Sheriff’s Department says in a Friday statement that […]