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By adamg - 4/9/21 - 12:08 am
Couple with gun and Belair champagne

Couple with gun and Belair champagne, from FBI affidavit.

Drug and gun charges announced Wednesday against a Malden couple may be only the start of a federal crackdown on what investigators say is an increasingly violent drug-fueled gang war north of Boston in which gangs have been acquiring machine guns to spray rivals and rival turf with bullets. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/21 - 9:42 am

Committee on Public Safety & Criminal Justice on March 9, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine provides an overview of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center's gang database. Key question: Does it actually help reduce crime or wind up hurting people who may not be gang members?

By adamg - 2/17/21 - 11:34 am

A Salvadoran national living in Chelsea faces life in prison after admitting he was one of several MS-13 members who killed a teen in a Lynn playground by stabbing him dozens of times in 2018, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/21 - 11:49 am
Dante Lara

A federal judge today sentenced Dante "King Nasty" Lara, a member of the Devon Street Kings branch of the national Latin Kings gang, to two years in federal prison on a RICO charge, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/21 - 10:42 am
Oscar Pena

A Latin Kings member who may have helped an English High School counselor remove drugs and guns from his apartment after the counselor shot a student in the head was sentenced to a little more than 2 1/2 years in federal prison on RICO charges for his membership in the Morton Street Bricks chapter of the national gang. Read more.

By adamg - 12/1/20 - 9:35 pm

A federal judge today sentenced Wilson "King Dubb" Peguero, 29, to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for his role as leader of the Devon Street Kings, a chapter of the national Latin Kings gang.

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By adamg - 11/18/20 - 4:02 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld local MS-13 enforcer Edwin "Sangriento" Gonzalez's sentence of life without parole for helping to murder two teens in East Boston for the sin of belonging to a rival gang by stabbing them dozens of times. Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 10:15 am
Federal prison in Mississippi

Lopez's current home in Yazoo City, Miss.

The US Supreme Court this week rejected David "Cilindro" Lopez's appeal of his sentence for being a leader of a Chelsea MS-13 gang - and for trying really hard to kill a rival - which means he gets to stay behind bars until 2033. Read more.

By adamg - 9/3/20 - 9:44 am

A federal judge today denied compassionate early release for Joe "Profit" Simmons, sentenced to 7 years in prison in 2018 for selling crack at the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/20 - 12:02 pm
Alexis Peguero

The US Attorney's office reports that Alexis "King Looney" Peguero, 29, pleaded guilty to a RICO charge for his role as second in command of the Devon Street Kings, a Latin Kings chapter whose alleged members included Shaun Harrison, the English High School dean convicted in 2018 of shooting one of his students in the back of the head. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 5:39 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports that Wilson "King Dubb" Peguero, 29, pleaded guilty today to RICO charges related to his role as "Inca" or leader of the Devon Street Kings, a chapter of the national Latin Kings gang. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/20 - 10:55 am

A federal judge ruled today that Alvin "King Humble" Mojica of Worcester is too much of a flight risk to release on cocaine-distribution charges that could net him more than 10 years in prison and ordered him kept locked up pending his trial.
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By adamg - 6/16/20 - 11:41 am

G Fredo may be charged as part of a vicious gang, but he wore a face mask in recent videos.

Federal agents and Boston and State Police yesterday started rounding up alleged members of the Norton/Olney/Barry Gang, whom they accuse of being a full-service gang that, when not busy shooting rivals, dealing drugs, pimping women and robbing people at gunpoint, made lots of rap videos, often featuring scenes from the neighborhood, sometimes on rival turf as a way to taunt other gangs. Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 10:28 pm

A federal judge today denied a request from David Wood of Dorchester that he be allowed to await trial on fentanyl and crack distribution charges because the existing conditions he says he has would put him at high risk for complications should he contract Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/20 - 10:46 am

A federal judge today rejected a request from an alleged leader of the Mattapan branch of the Latin Kings gang for pre-trial release because of Covid-19 concerns, saying there is no way she could release him without creating a potential danger to society. Read more.

By adamg - 4/24/20 - 9:52 pm

A federal judge yesterday ordered the release of a Dorchester drug dealer with two years left on his sentence, because of the potential risks he faces as an older man with both high blood pressure and diabetes in a crammed Brooklyn prison. Read more.

By adamg - 12/19/19 - 11:36 pm

The US Attorney's office in Boston today charged David Wood, 30, with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, after he allegedly sold fentanyl and crack to a "cooperating witness" three times over the past month. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/19 - 6:56 pm
Shaun Harrison's Latin Kings tattoos

Harrison's tattoos - 100 is a gang symbol, feds say.

Shaun Harrison

The US Attorney's office in Boston today announced the indictments of 62 alleged members of Massachusetts chapters of the national Latin Kings gang on racketeering charges. Among them: Shaun "Rev" Harrison, sentenced to 23 to 26 years in prison last year for shooting an English High School student in the head because the kid owed him money for the marijuana Harrison was having him sell. Read more.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 4:36 pm

A man caught with a gun during a BPD sweep after a double murder at Jamaica Plain's Mildred Hailey Apartments was sentenced today to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/19 - 11:08 am

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected a local MS-13 leader's argument that he "withdrew" from the gang once he was tossed in prison, saying that he continued to direct gang activities from behind prison walls - including ordering the murder of a member he thought had snitched. Read more.

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