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Woman Allegedly Armed Her Underage Gang Member Son With a Gun

An Oklahoma woman is facing charges after police say she admitted to arming her minor son with a 9 mm handgun because he “needed protection from rival gangs.”<p>Authorities say Dena Plunkett, 48, admitted “matter-of-factly” that she provided her underage son with the firearm and said that even though …

High-ranking Mexican Mafia associate gets 25 years for murder

A high-ranking member of the northeast L.A.-based Avenues gang was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for murdering one man and ordering the killing of another, federal prosecutors said.<p><b>[For the record, 5:32 p.m. PDT Oct. 21:</b> A previous version of this post identified the Avenues gang as being …

Grand Theft Auto V features real-life gangster voice-overs

Rockstar Games' upcoming blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V is far more realistic than originally believed.<p>Speaking to Chicago radio station WGN recently, Grand Theft Auto V's contributing writer "Lazlow" Jones revealed that the game developer allegedly brought in supposed "real-life gangsters" to …

L.A. gang member held on suspicion of illegally entering U.S.

A reputed member of a notorious Los Angeles street gang was arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the United States, federal authorities said Monday.<p>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 …

El Salvador gang truce leads to plummeting murder rates

For more than a decade the San José del Pino neighbourhood in Santa Tecla was off limits to police. It was considered the headquarters for the criminal enterprises of one of El Salvador's ruthless street gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13. Drugs and weapons were trafficked freely and impunity …

Photos Of Kids Holding Guns Found On Social Media In Massive Gang Sweep (PHOTOS)

In a raid dubbed "Operation Thumbs Down," roughly 800 FBI agents and LAPD officers Thursday arrested about three dozen alleged members of the infamous Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips street gang.<p>During their investigation, authorities found photos on social media sites of children posing with guns, …

Feds: 9 charged in gang conspiracy, including 5 murders

Nine members of a violent street gang known as the Hobos were charged today in a federal racketeering case that involves narcotics trafficking, robberies and murders, including the 2006 slaying of a federal informant in the case.<p>The five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges …

Five reputed gang members held in slaying of Santa Cruz boy, 12

Five reputed gang members have been arrested in connection with the drive-by slaying of a 12-year-old boy last year in Santa Cruz, law enforcement authorities said Monday.<p>Joseph Mendoza was gunned down Aug. 8, 2012, as he was standing on a sidewalk in the city's Lower Ocean neighborhood near the …