O.C. school greeters aim to steer kids away from gangs

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By Emily Foxhall / LA Times December 2, 2014 When Hilda Ambrocio takes her 10-year-old son to school, she doesn’t simply drop him off and leave. Rather, before the clock hits 7:30 a.m., Ambrocio takes up her post at the gates at Monte Vista Elementary School and tugs on a bright orange vest. “Mustangs Greeters,” […]

Judge allows opposition to Santa Ana gang injunction to proceed

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BY SEAN EMERY and ALEJANDRA MOLINA / Orange County Register Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 1:48 p.m. SANTA ANA – A group of 14 accused members of the Townsend Street gang will get their day in court after an Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday gave them time to muster a case for why […]

Orange County Officials Turn to Buses to Fight Human Trafficking

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Vikki Vargas and Jeanne Kuang (NBCLA) | August 6, 2014 Orange County officials aiming to crack down on human trafficking are targeting public transit to combat what’s being called a growing local problem as abusers often use buses to transport their victims. The Orange County Transportation Authority has added cameras and emergency radio codes for […]

Lil Man West from V-Boyz in Orange County talks about the street and drug addiction

May 9, 2014 — Orange County – Lil Man is a Vietnamese American from Orange County, that has an incredible story of family abandonment, drug addiction, gang activity and music. This interview does not even touch the surface of Lil Man’s life, but check out this Orange County story which spans the cities of Westminster, […]

Federal Appellate Judges Reverse State Court Justices In Orange County Gang Case

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R. Scott Moxley (OC Weekly) | January 17, 2014 An Orange County gangster convicted in 2008 on attempted murder charges stemming from a jailhouse stabbing of a rival hoodlum and received a punishment of life in prison almost had reason to smile this week. Following orders from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a U.S. […]

12 Tons of Marijuana Found Hidden in Big Rig in Orange County

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By Andrew Lopez | NBC4 News Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 | Updated 8:21 PM PST Police discovered about 12 tons of marijuana worth more than $7 million hidden inside a tractor-trailer after two men posing as law enforcement officials tried to pull the vehicle over in Orange County Monday, officials said. Officers responded about 8 […]

Mexican Mafia Targeted in “Smokin Aces” Operation in Orange County

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LawFuel | September 25, 2013 SANTA ANA, California – LawFuel.com – Hundreds of law enforcement officials this morning fanned out across Southern California to conclude Operation “Smokin’ Aces,” an investigation conducted by the Santa Ana Gang Task Force that targeted the Orange County wing of the Mexican Mafia, which allegedly exercises control over Latino street […]

Suspected fugitive gang member faces charges in 1999 O.C. shootout

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Rick Rojas (Los Angeles Times) | June 19, 2013 A suspected fugitive gang member who had been living in Virginia is now facing charges in the 1999 killing of a 16-year-old gang member during a drive-by shootout with rivals in Orange County, prosecutors said. Ca Van Le, 32, is set to be arraigned Wednesday on […]

Orange County curfew sweep nets 29 juveniles

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KABC | May 10, 2013 ORANGE COUNTY — An overnight curfew sweep across Orange County netted 29 juveniles. The sweep was aimed at keeping kids off the street and out of trouble. More than 180 law enforcement officers from 19 different agencies spent the night picking up kids under 17 who were on the street […]

Gang Injunction placed on another Anaheim gang

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By Stefani Camille www.streetgangs.com staff writer January 17, 2013 Anaheim receives another gang injunction against one of its violent gang on Wednesday. This is the 4th gang injunction slapped onto an Anaheim gang, and the 12th issued in Orange County. This injunction is the result of legal and investigative work that started in March 2012 following […]

4th arrest tied to events leading to CSUF lockdown

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SEAN EMERY (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | December 27, 2012 Police have arrested a fourth man in connection with a jewelry-store holdup and shooting in Moreno Valley that led to a police pursuit to Orange County and forced the lockdown at Cal State Fullerton two weeks ago. Roosevelt Andrew Fernandez, 26, of Compton was arrested Wednesday […]

425 lbs OC gang member arrested for trying to abduct 10 year old boy

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Streetgangs.com Staff Writer October 10, 2012 | 12:03 p.m. PST 55-year-old suspect Victor Joseph Espinoza was arrested on Friday for allegedly trying to abduct a 10-year-old boy. Espinoza is a known gang member with a long rap sheet, according to authorities. Espinoza was taken to the Orange County Jail and booked on charges of false […]