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Saturday
May042013

Alleged Gang Member Runs Party and Pony Rental Business

Photo Credit: Dilbert Coreas/Facebook(PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.) -- Being a member of a violent gang and running a kids’ party and pony rental business would hardly seem to be compatible career paths.

A Florida man may be proof, however, that the two can be one and the same.

Dilbert Coreas, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested in Palm Beach County, Fla., on federal charges of reentering the country after deportation, according to a criminal complaint. He had previously been ordered deported from the country in 2012.

Detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Gang Unit said they became interested in Coreas when they viewed photos uploaded on social media sites that suggested he was a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, a violent Central American gang also known as MS-13.

Coreas reportedly runs a kids’ party rental business called “It’z a Kid’z World Party Planning and Rental,” where pony rides can be had for $70 and bouncy houses for $85. Photos on Coreas’ Facebook page show him posing with two ponies his company has available to rent.

According to the complaint, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Gang Unit monitored Coreas as he conducted numerous pony ride and bouncy house events in Palm Beach County.

In June 2009, Coreas was convicted on a charge of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell, as well as felony tampering and resisting arrest.

The U.S. State Department currently lists MS-13 as a Transnational Criminal Organization. It is heavily involved in drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, money-laundering and murder for hire.  MS-13 reportedly has a presence in the United States of upwards of 300 cities across 40 states.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Apr012012

Gang Members Arrested on Charges of Sex Trafficking Suburban Teens 

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- Sex trafficking is moving to the suburbs.

Federal prosecutors have charged five alleged gang members with trafficking teenage girls into prostitution in suburban Northern Virginia, one of the wealthiest areas in the United States, according to an FBI affidavit unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

The five young men, who were arrested beginning Tuesday, were allegedly members of a Fairfax, Va.-based affiliate of the Crips, the notorious gang with Los Angeles roots that is known for shootouts, drugs and prostitution.

The defendants, which include accused ringleader Justin Strom, 26, of Lorton, Va., allegedly lured girls as young as 16 years old by approaching them at high schools, metro stations, and on the street, as well as contacting them through social media sites like Facebook.

The gang members would flatter the young women about their appearances, and ask them if they'd like to make a lot of money. Once they had drawn the girls in, the gangs used violence and drugs to force them into prostitution.

For example, the report said that a 17-year-old referred to as Victim No. 5 was "scared and tried to back out" when she found out the job she'd been recruited for involved prostitution.

A gang member "slammed her head against the window of [a] vehicle." He then "cut her across the left forearm with a knife" and gang members raped her, according to the affadavit.

Some of the girls were taken door to door in apartment complexes to solicit work. According to the affidavit, the payment they received for the sex acts ranged from $20 to $100, half of which they were allowed to keep.

Perhaps the most surprising admission from the affidavit was that the alleged gang members recruited teens from wealthy suburbs, though they targeted rural areas, too.

"Many of the victims in this case were girls from good homes, in good neighborhoods," Neil MacBride, a U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, told reporters at a press conference. "The girls recruited were girls who lived at home with their parents, not always runaways."

Fairfax County Chief of Police David Rohrer told reporters the case illustrates that "gangs will target anyone."

While the police were able to save 10 teenage victims of the prostitution ring, federal prosecutors said the Crips may have solicited as many as 800 girls. The affidavit details local gang members' involvement in prostitution from as many as five years ago.

This incident marks the 16th case of human trafficking charged in the Eastern District of Virginia in the last year, officials said.

Prosecutors told reporters that the other men charged are Michael Tavon Jefferies, 21, of Woodbridge; Donyel Dove, 27, of Alexandria; Henock Ghile, 23, of Springfield; and Christopher Sylvia, 22, of Springfield.

"The message is clear," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "Law enforcement is looking for you, charging you and putting you behind bars for the rest of your life."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep232011

Chicago Gang Managed as Business: With Constitution, CEO, Funeral Fund

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The Latin Kings street gang in Chicago was run like a business, complete with a CEO, constitution, and its own justice system, according to court filings and undercover FBI recordings.

Federal prosecutors say Fernando King was the “Supreme Inca” of the Latin Kings, sometimes referred to as the gang’s CEO and chief operating officer.

King pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence him to the maximum of 40 years in a federal lockup. Sentencing was postponed Thursday and is now scheduled for next month.

In July 2008, a federal jury convicted him on one count each of drug conspiracy and attempted cocaine distribution, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago’s ABC station WLS-TV reports that Fernando King and the Latin Kings control areas of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.

The gang’s constitution was actually required reading for thousands of gang members, according to WLS. The document explained the group’s hierarchy and rules such as forbidding heroin use.

The group’s constitution details what was expected of disciples, including a willingness to kill or be killed for the good of the gang. The gang even set up a funeral fund to pay the final expenses of slain members.

Federal prosecutors say as many as 10,000 gang members reported to him over a decade.

With the help of government informants, the FBI recorded King instructing members with rules of conduct and his vision for the organization.

The FBI recordings capture King worrying that bar brawls and drunkenness were ruining the effectiveness of his street gang.

“People look at the Latin Kings as bad people, man. And we only respond, we only respond to negativity. We’re approached in a negative way, we respond in a negative way,” says King on the tapes.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May052011

Gang of Four Assault Young Man, Carve 'Rapest' on Forehead

Courtesy of Lucy Ford(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- For 18-year-old Stetson Johnson, of Oklahoma City, the weekend started innocently enough. In a phone interview with ABC News, he recalled messages on MySpace, an introduction through a mutual friend, and biking over to neighboring Midwest City to help out 25-year-old Kimberly Vergara with gas money.

It ended on Sunday, April 17, around midnight, when Johnson was left for dead near Eagle Lake in Del City, the word "rapest" tattooed across his forehead and "I like little boys" on his chest. His genitalia had been Tasered with 400,000 volts, according to Del City police spokesman Capt. Jody Suit, and he was assaulted with a baseball bat.

Four suspects, ranging in age from 21 to 33, are being held without bail. Each has a criminal history, said police. Arraignment is expected to take place on Friday or Monday, according to Capt. Suit, who added that there may be one or two more suspects.

The four in custody, who have not yet been charged, are Kimberly Sue Vergara, 25, of Midwest City; Lorena Amanda Hodges, 33, of Oklahoma City; Zachary Provence, 21, also of Midwest City; and Richard Lynn Dellert, 33, of Irving, Texas. According to police, all are unemployed; according to state court records, individual criminal records include burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamines.

As far as the "rapest" is concerned, Hodges claimed Johnson had tried to have sex with her; Vergara, who goes by the name of "Lucky," then made the same claim. But "no police report was ever made that he attempted to force sex on them," said Capt. Suit, adding that there's no evidence of any illegal activity by the victim, involving either drugs or rape.

Johnson spent several days in the intensive care unit of St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City. He's now home, the "rapest" on his forehead covered with a tattoo of a bar code image he found and liked on the Internet.

Addressing the "rapest" and "I like little boys" tattoos, Johnson's mother said, "My daughter has five children and he has watched every one of them and not one of them could tell you anything he has ever done with them.

"He's 18 years old," she said, "but he's my baby.

"I try to keep him safe, but I feel like I didn't."

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