A look inside the vast, violent network of Latin America’s drug lords

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By A Martínez and Dorian Merina | Take Two | kpcc.org January 26, 2016 The story of drug gangs in the Americas is one that stretches from the favelas of Brazil to the remote mountains of Mexico to U.S. towns and cities. And the top shot-callers have taken on the personas of savvy CEO businessmen, […]

Father of LAPD murder suspect charged in federal complaint


Streetgangs.com March 26, 2015 | 5:31 p.m. LOS ANGELES – The father of Henry Solis, the LAPD fugitive wanted in the March 13 homicide of Salome Rodriguez in Pomona, was arrested at his home in Lancaster, CA. According to a federal complaint filed in the United States District Court in El Paso, Texas, the father, […]

Officer goes beyond her beat to help reunite woman and sons

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By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times June 2, 2013, 8:20 p.m. The officer, who normally patrols the streets of Watsonville, Calif., takes action when she hears a desperate immigrant’s story of kidnapping and death threats. WATSONVILLE, Calif. — She introduced herself as Sarani Hernandez and said in Spanish that she needed help. She took a […]

Varrio 13 in Hacienda Heights, CA

Varrio 13 is a predominately Hispanic street gang in the city of Hacienda Heights, CA. Related posts: Hacienda Heights, California Hacienda Heights, California – Hispanic gangs Happy Homes Puente in Hacienda Heights, CA Eternal Brown Soldiers in Hacienda Heights Hacienda Heights Gang detectives seek Hacienda Heights stabbing suspects Varrio Angelino Heights (AHTS) in Los Angeles […]

Weed recently seized by US Coast Guard not really worth $7.7 million


Streetgangs.com Staff July 28, 2012 | 12:38 a.m. PST On Wednesday a U.S. Coast Guard crew seized 8,500 pounds of marijuana off the coast of San Pedro, south of Los Angeles. The San Francisco-based Coast Guard Cutter Aspen was the boat that made the huge bust. According to Capt. James Jenkins, commander of the Coast […]

Neighbor testifies in Espinoza murder trial (Jamiel Shaw Jr.)

Pedro Espinoza

By Alex A. Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer May 6, 2012 | 3:38 a.m. PST LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, the murder trial of Pedro Espinoza continued, marking the third day of testimony. Juan Torres was the last witness and under the direct examination of Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski when trial recessed on Tuesday. Torres […]

Mexican Cartel has $5 Million Worth of Cocaine Seized in California

51 Kilos of Cocaine siezed by the INCA Task Force, October 20, 2011

By Alex A. Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer October 25, 2011 | 5:15 p.m. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today the seizure of more than 50 kilos of cocaine last week worth $5 million. The undercover operation targeted the Guadalajara Cartel of Mexico, an organized crime syndicate that has been accused of smuggling methamphetamine and […]

Quadruple Homicide Suspect captured in Mexico 11-years later

Lorenzo Arias and Luis "Maldito" Mendoza receive death sentence for their role in quadruple homicide

Man wanted in connection to four homicides in San Bernardino arrested by Mexican police Alex A. Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer June 26, 2011 | 5:13 a.m. On Wednesday, Froylan Chiprez, 36, a fugitive wanted for his role in a quadruple homicide in San Bernardino was arrested in Tijuana by Mexican law enforcement officials who were […]

Compton Varrio Largo, 36

Compton Varrio Largo, 36 [CVL, CV36, CVL36, Largeros, Largetos] is a predominately Latino street gang that formed on the north side of Compton, CA during the early 1950s when the first Mexican families migrated into Compton from other parts of Los Angeles and directly from Mexico. They are the oldest street gang in Compton. Clicks: […]

Mexican drug cartel goes low tech on drug trafficking technique


Streetgangs.com Staff January 28, 2011 US agents discovered a 3-yard-tall catapult that was used to vault packets of marijuana into the United States, over the border. Drug smugglers decided that this medieval technology would be more effective than using trucks, cars, buses or boats. The catapult was discovered in Naco, Mexico by National Guard personnel […]

Guatemalan military: ‘State of siege’ declared in province controlled by Mexican traffickers

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JUAN CARLOS LLORCA (Associated Press) | December 19, 2010 COBAN, Guatemala — The Guatemalan military declared a state of siege Sunday in a northern province that authorities say has been overtaken by Mexican drug traffickers. The government initiated the monthlong measure in the Alta Verapaz province to reclaim cities that have been taken over by […]

Photo: Mexican Gangsters belong in Mexico

Anti-illegal immigration rally, Downtown Los Angeles

By Alex A. Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer December 16, 2010 | 8:58 p.m. Illegal immigration was a hot button topic from 2005 to 2008, but the attention towards this topic will always go through cycles, reaching a peak, and then becoming less important as other social issues come to the fore front. For over a […]