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GFORCE Command | #GFORCE-GANGWATCH-2017-02 - 
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Classification: Open Source
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 
Security Level: Gang Units | Law Enforcement | Corrections | Intelligence Analysts
Gang Enforcement Advisor:  #GFORCE-GEA-2017-02
Gang Watch
FEATURE

Cruel, merciless and passionately violent, the Mara Salvatrucha is one of the world’s most vicious gang and it is spreading internationally.

Also called MS-13, the gang is known for its barbaric fighting, contract killing, drug trafficking, gang rape, people smuggling and desire to be known as number one for most murders.

The gang’s members are recognizable by the extensive and symbolic tattoos covering their faces and torsos, although newer members are eschewing the markings because they make them more easily identifiable to police.

Gang members use hand signals such as the symbol for a devil’s horn to greet each other, and initiation to become a full gang member involves being kicked and beaten.

The gang exists in 42 states, throughout the Central American countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Spain, Canada and, some claim, Australia.

Reputed to have 100,000 gang members worldwide, the Mara Salvatrucha recruits members as young as eight years old and punishes disloyalty with murder or maiming, such as cutting off a person’s hands...(Full Article)

UNITED STATES

TOPEKA - Two men charged with a drive-by shooting death were gang members, as was the victim, a Topeka police expert on local gangs testified on Friday. The gang ties surfaced during a hearing in Shawnee County District Court in which the prosecutor called the gang expert to the witness stand to testify. The hearing is related to the case of Christopher Shawn Pattillo, 18, who is charged with alternative counts of premeditated first-degree murder and felony first-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling, aggravated assault and aggravated endangering of a child, all of which are felonies...(Full Article)

Louisville's police force is in the midst of mounting its largest-ever war on gangs with a task force that will combine local and federal law enforcement and prosecutors.

Last week, officials with the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed their agencies would join the effort. LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell told the Courier-Journal on Friday he couldn't say who would participate, but he sent an email to several reporters Monday night confirming further commitments from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

"The Louisville Metro INTEL (LMINTEL) Task Force is an intelligence-led task force which identifies primary, violent offenders and leverages all available resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute these offenders," adding the department "will likely add additional partners as we move forward," Mitchell said...(Full Article)

INTERNATIONAL

BRAZIL Brazil gang kills 31, many hacked to death, as prison violence explodes

Jailed members of Brazil's most powerful drug gang killed 31 inmates at a penitentiary on Friday, decapitating and cutting out the hearts of most of them, in revenge for a separate prison massacre that left 56 dead this week. The bloodletting in the Monte Cristo prison in the Amazonian state of Roraima, carried out by members of the First Capital Command (PCC) gang, sparked fears that months of violence between criminal groups controlling Brazil's prisons had spiraled out of control...(Full Article)

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