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Jury Orders Mongols Biker Club to Forfeit Its Logo, the ‘Holy of Holies’

SANTA ANA, Calif. — For its members, a motorcycle club’s logo is both sacred and hard-earned, the banner under which its brand of rugged brotherhood and individualism exist.

But in a setback to the future of one of the country’s most notorious biker groups, a federal jury in California on Friday found that the Mongols motorcycle club must forfeit its rights to the trademarked Genghis Khan-style emblem that identifies the organization.

The jury’s verdict — which concluded the second phase of a wide-ranging eight-week racketeering trial in which jurors also branded the Mongols a criminal enterprise — was not the final word. The group’s lawyers have filed a motion for acquittal and the presiding judge, who in the past has ruled in favor of the Mongols, said he would not immediately order the club to forfeit the logo until he has a chance to review the club’s arguments and consider their free speech rights.

3 Allegedly Illegal Alien MS-13 Gang Members Reportedly Stab High School Classmate, Police Say

A 16-year-old was stabbed after he left a Long Island Burger King on January 9, allegedly by three classmates who entered the country illegally and are connected to the dangerous MS-13 gang.

The victim told police he and his friends were at the restaurant when six other classmates, including the three suspects, entered and stared at them, according to ABC 7.

“Feeling uncomfortable, the victim and a friend left, and the three gang members followed them, wielding bats and knives, police said,” ABC 7 reported. “An altercation broke out in the parking lot, and that's when 19-year-old Ramon Arevalo Lopez allegedly stabbed the victim in the back. Another 16-year-old boy suffered a minor injury in the fight.”

Police: 'MS-13 associate' pays gang $100 to have sex with trafficked 14-year-old girl

WHEATON, Md. (ABC7) — On Monday, an alleged MS-13 associate is scheduled to be tried in Montgomery County Circuit Court for reportedly paying to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, and then blackmailing the teen with compromising video he took of her.

According to court documents obtained by ABC7, the girl was a human trafficking victim within the ‘Pinos Locos’ clique of MS-13, which made the suburban town of Wheaton its hub for illegal dealings.

Detectives explain the girl worked as a cocktail waitress at Lilly’s Restaurant in downtown Wheaton. Her primary duty there was to “conduct cocaine and marijuana sales, and serve alcohol to customers,” a high-ranking MS-13 member would ultimately tell detectives in exchange for more favorable treatment. “A lot of money was made for her services.”

Judge offers alleged MS-13 leader known as 'Reaper' 15-year deal

A Nassau County judge Friday offered the alleged MS-13 gang East Coast leader a deal to spend 15 years behind bars on New York drug trafficking and conspiracy charges after learning he’s now also facing a federal racketeering case in Maryland.

The Nassau district attorney’s office has accused Miguel Angel Corea Diaz, 36, of carrying out major drug trafficking as well as conspiring on Long Island to commit murder in his alleged role as the transnational gang’s eastern region kingpin.

The New Jersey man is among 17 defendants named in a January 2018 indictment that local prosecutors said delivered a heavy blow to the gang’s infrastructure after a probe that included a $1 million heroin seizure and the foiling of murder plots involving a Long Island clique of the gang.

Convicted Baltimore heroin dealers headed back to trial for allegedly beating courthouse marshals

Three convicted heroin dealers from Baltimore are headed back to court for allegedly throwing punches and elbows at federal agents during a drug trial last year.

Brandon Wilson, 24, Taurus Tillman, 29, and John Harrison, 28, appeared in U.S. District Court in Baltimore Friday, where each pleaded not guilty to assaulting a federal officer.

Prosecutors say Harrison punched and elbowed a U.S. Marshal while the prisoner was being escorted from the courtroom during his drug trial. Tillman tried to help Harrison and began “vigorously punching” another marshal in the head, prosecutors wrote in charging documents.

Black Guerilla Family gang members indicted in 2016 triple homicide in Pa

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Eleven people have been indicted for the June 25, 2016, shooting deaths of three people near Mercersburg.

Those charged are Kevin Coles, Devin Dickerson, Torey White, Christopher Johnson, Jerell Adgebesan, Kenyatta Corbett, Michael Buck, Nicholas Preddy, Johnnie Jenkins-Armstrong, Terrance Lawson and Tyrone Armstrong, according to a copy of the Dec. 20 indictment obtained by Herald-Mail Media.

Some are charged directly with the homicides, while others are charged with helping the alleged perpetrators avoid being apprehended by authorities.

Prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania allege gang members sought to kill Wendy Chaney, a Washington County drug informant. The group allegedly tied the 39-year-old woman's hands with plastic zip ties, then shot her and set her body on fire.

President Trump cites Maryland gang case as need to build border wall

WASHINGTONPresident Donald Trump argued to the nation Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border requires a wall to be built, and he cited a Maryland case as one of the reasons to build it.

"In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl," the president said.

The president has said illegal aliens are members of the gang.

"All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration," the president said. "This barrier is absolutely critical to border security … This is just common sense. The border wall will very quickly pay for itself."

Hogan Announces Baltimore Crime-Fighting Initiatives, Legislative Proposals

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a slew of initiatives and proposed legislation to address violent crime in Baltimore.

During remarks at his office in Baltimore, where he was joined by city, state and federal law enforcement officials, he pledged nearly $13 million to the city and introduced two new bills for the General Assemble session, which opens Wednesday

“The level of violence in Baltimore City is completely unacceptable – the people who live here are rightfully scared, and citizens all across the state are outraged by the daily headlines of this rampant gang violence,” Hogan said. “I have been bringing together all the federal, state, and local stakeholders to get everyone’s input on what else can be done. As a result of those efforts, we are launching a new coordinated offensive to go after violent crime, gangs, and criminal enterprises.”

An Outlaws motorcycle club leader’s assassination adds to Tampa Bay’s bloody biker gang history

ourt documents that were recently made public revealed shocking facts about the 2017 assassination of Pasco Outlaws motorcycle club leader Paul Anderson, who was shot by rival gang members on motorcycles in rush hour traffic. The execution-style killing put law enforcement on high alert that a motorcycle gang war was brewing. It also led to numerous arrests. Some of the cases are inching toward trial.

While motorcycle clubs are far from their heyday, they’re still around in the Tampa Bay area. Many may not realize it, but motorcycle gangs actually have a long and dark history in Tampa Bay that includes everything from from prostitution and murders to a shootout with deputies at their old Tampa clubhouse near Busch Gardens.

 

 

14-year-old Far Rockaway girl lured two to gang-related deaths on promise of sex: cops

A Queens teen killed on Long Island by suspected gang members was likely lured to his death by the same 14-year-old girl accused of enticing another victim who was murdered days earlier in a nearby park, sources said.

Harold Sermeno, 17, had just started working at an East Rockaway restaurant when he was found shot to death outside Five Towns Community Center on Dec.18.

Police are investigating a lead that he was lured to his death on the same promise of sex that did in Ian Cruz, 23, who was found in Bayswater Point State Park on Dec. 16.

Court records revealed Cruz was found partially naked, with only blue underwear and white socks on, and with gunshot wounds to his head.

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 25 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder and Attempted Murder on Long Island

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Elmer Alexander Lopez, a member of the Centrales Locos Salvatruchas clique of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 25 years’ imprisonment. The sentencing follows Lopez’s guilty plea to racketeering charges relating to his participation in the June 3, 2016 murder of Jose Pena and the July 3, 2016 attempted murder of a suspected rival gang member. Upon completion of his sentence, Lopez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, faces deportation from the United States.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), and Patrick J. Ryder, Commissioner, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD), announced the sentence.

“With today’s sentence, Elmer Lopez has been held responsible for the brutal acts of violence he committed on behalf of MS-13 to enforce its vicious rules,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “The defendant’s conviction, and the ongoing prosecutions of dozens of other MS-13 members by our Office working with the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, reflects the ongoing commitment to eliminate this lawless criminal organization.”

Dirty Dozen: 12 MS-13 Members Indicted On Murder, Burglary Charges

A dozen MS-13 members suspected of terrorizing rival gangs and at least one defector in Eastern Queens were indicted by a grand jury on murder, drug and weapons charges on Wednesday.

The 12 reputed members of the La Mara Salvatrucha street gang — more commonly known as MS-13 — are accused of plotting to kill rivals from the Latin Kings gang and man who tried to leave MS-13, said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“This was a long-term investigation that not only thwarted a plot to kill an individual — a man trying to remove himself from this vicious street gang — but also resulted in taking would-be killers off our neighborhood streets," Brown said in a joint statement with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Homeland Security Investigations New York Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez.

"Gang violence, intimidation and out-right ruthless brutality will not be tolerated in this county,” Brown continued. “These indictments are another example of how law enforcement and prosecutors can and will work together to stop the senseless killings in our communities.”

Federal prisoners convicted in drugs and murder trial face new charges for allegedly beating guards in Baltimore

Three federal prisoners have been indicted on charges of assaulting U.S. marshals and other guards who escorted them to and from a federal racketeering trial in Baltimore.

John Harrison, 28, Taurus Tillman, 29, and Brandon Wilson, 24, were convicted in October of racketeering and drug crimes. Prosecutors said the three men and five co-defendants ran a murderous West Baltimore drug crew known as “Trained To Go.” All eight were convicted during a 24-day trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

As their trial proceeded, security measures increased. In a break from routine, the marshals began leaving Harrison handcuffed in the courtroom. Officials had declined to discuss reasons for the strict measures.

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