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January 27, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Two leaders in an Ontario street gang were convicted Monday for their part in running what authorities described as a criminal operation responsible for violent crimes and the distribution of narcotics such as meth and heroin in the city, prosecutors said. Armando "Mando" Barajas, 50, and Juan "Nito" Gil, 43, were found guilty by a jury on federal racketeering charges connected with the operation of the Black Angels gang in the San Bernardino County city, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.  These were the latest in a string of nearly 60 convictions of people linked to the gang, including the gang's enforcers and drug dealers - all stemming from an indictment charging violations of the RICO, or Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations, Act, prosecutors said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
Two leaders in an Ontario street gang were convicted Monday for their part in running what authorities described as a criminal operation responsible for violent crimes and the distribution of narcotics such as meth and heroin in the city, prosecutors said. Armando "Mando" Barajas, 50, and Juan "Nito" Gil, 43, were found guilty by a jury on federal racketeering charges connected with the operation of the Black Angels gang in the San Bernardino County city, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.  These were the latest in a string of nearly 60 convictions of people linked to the gang, including the gang's enforcers and drug dealers - all stemming from an indictment charging violations of the RICO, or Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations, Act, prosecutors said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2013 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
A leader of the Azusa 13 street gang and his son were sentenced in federal court Monday to lengthy prison terms after pleading guilty to conspiring to attack blacks and force them to leave the city. Santiago "Chico" Rios was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess. His son, Louie "Lil Chico" Rios, who is hearing-impaired and required a sign-language interpreter, received a 10-year sentence. Both Rioses have "Azusa" tattooed above their upper lips.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A documented gang member was ordered Friday to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a  6-year-old girl in Moreno Valley, prosecutors said. Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, along with special circumstance allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Judge Larrie Brainard ruled Friday there was enough evidence for Johnson to stand trial and ordered him back in court Dec. 27. Prosecutors allege Johnson opened fire Sept.
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October 27, 2006 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Nine members of the Vineland Boyz street gang in the San Fernando Valley were convicted Thursday in a federal racketeering and drug trial, part of a sweeping campaign by law enforcement to rout the gang after the shooting death of a rookie police officer. A jury found one of the defendants -- Gilberto Carrasco, 27 -- guilty as an accessory after the fact to the killing of Burbank Officer Matthew Pavelka during a traffic stop in November 2003.
NEWS
February 14, 1986
One hundred Los Angeles police officers arrested 20 gang members--including the suspected teen-age triggerman in the dance hall slaying of a 16-year-old University High School student--in a series of coordinated raids early today in South-Central Los Angeles and neighboring Inglewood. Sgt.
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August 2, 1987 | PAUL CIOTTI, Paul Ciotti is a Los Angeles Times Magazine staff writer
KERMIT ALEXANDER is upset. He's too much of a gentleman to be blunt about it. But sitting in his second-story Westwood office, the emotion rumbles out of him like some volcanic aftershock. In person, Alexander makes a formidable impression. Although he's retired from professional football, his biceps bulge like cast-iron drainpipes under his plaid shirt. Sitting behind his desk, he comes across as a strong, masculine presence, a leader, and someone, one senses, not to be lightly crossed.
WORLD
July 2, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Mexican authorities said Friday that they have arrested the leader of a Ciudad Juarez street gang who ordered the fatal shooting attack on a U.S. consular worker in the border town in March. Federal police said Jesus Ernesto Chavez told them that consular employee Lesley A. Enriquez, 35, was targeted because she was providing visas to rivals. Police said Chavez, 41, also confessed to having taken part in a January shooting attack on a teen party that killed 15 people and raised an unusual outcry in Mexico over the runaway violence that has made Ciudad Juarez the deadliest city in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2009 | Victoria Kim
A Superior Court judge has ruled that Los Angeles city officials can seek to recover $5 million from a street gang that has long held a monopoly on the downtown heroin trade, officials announced Tuesday. The civil judgment was sought by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who called it a new front in the fight against gangs. It was the first such judgment since a 2007 state law was passed allowing county and city prosecutors to go after a gang's ill-gotten assets.
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June 20, 2009 | Scott Glover
A Covina defense attorney accused of serving as a liaison between a violent Los Angeles-based street gang and the Mexican Mafia was ordered held without bail Friday by a federal judge. Prosecutors argued that Isaac Guillen, indicted as part of a broad racketeering case against a clique of the 18th Street gang known as the Columbia Lil Cycos, was a danger to the community and a flight risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge cut off a man convicted for his role in the 2007 shooting death of an infant near MacArthur Park as he briefly claimed his innocence at a sentencing hearing Thursday. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia -- a  longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the shooting after a vendor refused to pay $50 in "rent" for operating in a gang's territory -- was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A bullet fired in the attack struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
He didn't fire the bullet that struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart as he lay asleep in his stroller in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district. But Juvenal Cardenas Mejia was a longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the 2007 shooting that claimed the baby's life. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part. Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two members of a Pomona street gang have been charged with murder in connection with a killing in late August, authorities said. The Pomona Police Department said that Deon Davis was shot to death on Aug. 31 in the 1200 block of Cromwell Street in a secluded pathway. Davis, of San Bernardino, was chased down and shot, according to the coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:25 p.m., according to the L.A. Times Homicide Report. Despite initially having few leads, police later said they were able to identify the suspects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A 21-year-old gang member was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a 6-year-old girl in Moreno Valley, prosecutors said. Keandre Narkie Johnson, of Moreno Valley, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges of murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang, the Riverside County district attorney's office said. He also faces special allegations of gang participation, causing great bodily injury and committing the offense to further the activities of a criminal street gang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A reputed member of a notorious Los Angeles street gang was arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the United States, federal authorities said Monday. Jose De Jesus Salazar-Gomez, 35, an "active member" of the Florencia 13 street gang, was spotted early Monday by Border Patrol agents after he crossed the border near Calexico, Calif., according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was "arrested without incident before he could reach nearby neighborhoods of downtown Calexico," authorities said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Ten reputed "shot callers" of the notorious 18th Street gang were indicted Wednesday for suspected methamphetamine and gun trafficking in South Los Angeles, federal authorities said. The nine men and one woman are leaders in the gang and played key roles in directing the illegal operations, according to authorities with the U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement office in Los Angeles. The investigation was launched in February 2009 and involved undercover agents who allegedly bought drugs and firearms from gang members.
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October 17, 1987 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
A teen-age gang member fired an automatic weapon into a group of students eating lunch Friday at a junior high school south of downtown Los Angeles, wounding one in the head and two others in the legs, police said. In a second incident, as neighbors, parents and reporters gathered at Adams Junior High School, 151 West 30th St.
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November 24, 1987 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Responding to criticism that elements of his lawsuit against a street gang might be unconstitutional, City Atty. James K. Hahn formally modified his proposal Monday and is no longer asking a judge to bar members of a Westside street gang from associating with each other, from leaving their homes between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. and from wearing gang attire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A gang member from Santa Ana has been charged with murder in the "unprovoked" stabbing of a 14-year-old boy who had ties to a rival gang, Orange County prosecutors said. Armando Andres Carachure, 25, has been charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder and one felony count of street terrorism with sentencing enhancements for his alleged involvement with a criminal street gang, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Carachure is set to be arraigned Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three men with suspected links to a street gang have been arrested in connection with a shooting near Santa Monica college that left a victim dead and another critically wounded, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday evening. The shooting was reported Tuesday in an alley in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue after a gunman walked up to two men and opened fire, the Santa Monica Police Department said. The attack was city's third shooting incident in five days, including a rampage Friday in which a gunman killed four people and fatally wounded another before he was slain by officers.
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