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Gangs 101. Presented by Kim Slayton White Commonwealth’s Attorney Artwork from
Facts About Gangs. 31,000 Gangs in US 850,000 Gang Members in US Gang Members Age Range 12 to 24 +/- 94% Male Females in Over 1/3 of Gangs
Gangs & Crime. Primary Distributors of Illegal Drugs in US Dominant Retail Level Distributors of Crack, Cocaine, PCP in Virginia Control and Expansion of Operations Locations Result in High Levels of Violence Assault, Burglary, Drive-by Shootings, Extortion, Homicide, Identity Fraud, Money Laundering, Robbery, Witness Intimidation
Gangs In Virginia?? Northern Virginia –MS 13 –Gangster Disciples –Latin Kings –Bloods –Crips –Pagans & Hells Angels –18 th Street –Mexican Mafia –Skinheads –Southside Locos –Asian Dragon Family Richmond –MS 13 –Gangster Disciples –Latin Kings –Bloods –Crips –Pagans & Hells Angels –18 th Street –Folk Nation –Skinheads –Asian Gangs –Vice Lords Two Hours Away!!!
Not Just in the Big Cities... August, 2003, Brenda Paz, former MS 13 member found on banks of North Fork of Shenandoah River. May, 2003, Christopher Kennedy, Crips, found in Braley Pond in West Augusta. May, 2004, Herndon High freshman killed in gang related shooting.
Closer To Home... Southside & Piedmont Region –Crips –18 th Street –MS 13 –Folk Nation –Bloods –People Nation –5%
Right Here At Home. Crips – loose affiliation Folk Nation 5% Locally Organized Gangs: –MFC – Mayfield Crew –PTC – Parker Town Crew –Sinai / Westside –Cody –Clover
How Gangs Operate. Territorial Hierarchical Respect Loyalty Equals Violence
What To Look For. Doodles, graffiti, symbols in child’s room, on notebooks, clothing, personal effects Particularly stars, pitchforks, unexplained letters, tears.
Still Watching... Tattoos or jewelry with same symbols Constant use of one color; team identification Constant manner of wearing clothes Others wearing same clothing Photographs
What We Are Doing. Halifax County Anti-Gang Task Force Utilizing New Legislation Educating the Public Forming Partnerships