Category: Gangs

Leader of cult-like La Familia gang arrested

Mendez Vargas Mexican authorities have arrested the leader of La Familia, Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, and the contend that the cult-like group’s reign in the state of Michoacan has come to an end.

The drug trafficking organization espouses religious ideals but gained worldwide notoriety when it tossed five human heads onto a dance floor in Michoacan state four years ago.

Barbarians appeal sentence in anti-semitic kidnapping, torture and murder case

A Paris court is hearing the appeal of 18 people convicted in the 2006 kidnapping, torture and murder of a young French Jew.

One who’s not appealing is Gang leader Youssouf Fofana, who chose not to appeal his conviction and life sentence.

‘People’ is a big word for a gang of criminals who refer to themselves — appropriately — as Barbarians.

Violent Mexican gang hijacks U.S. evangelical’s book

In one Mexican drug cartel, mandatory reading now includes an American evangelical’s best-seller, Religion News Service reports.

Drawing from an unlikely source, La Familia Michoacana (the Michoacan Family) bases part of its ideology on the book “Wild at Heart,” by John Eldredge of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Ransomed Heart Ministries.

Ironically, Eldredge sees the violent gang’s use of his book in a positive light.

“At first, I was really mad that they hijacked my book for their purposes,” he said. “But on second thought … maybe it will touch the hearts of the people who use (it).”

Officials fight gang growth

Phillipsburg educates teachers about issue. District hopes to create intervention program. PHILLIPSBURG | Officials are working to educate district teachers and administrators about the culture of gang activity. “This certainly is an issue developing in our area,” Bob Pierfy, the district’s Student Assistance Coordinator, said at the school board meeting Monday night. “We don’t need to run and hide, but we certainly need to create a comprehensive prevention and intervention program.” Gang activity has been a hot topic in the area in the past few weeks. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli recently hired a former Easton detective to investigate