Six members of the Brick City Brims set of the Bloods street gang were arrested last week for their alleged roles in a major drug trafficking organization that dealt heroin in and around Newark.
Tyrone Brown, 34, Lamarr Burwell, 22, and Miles McCloud, 37, all of Newark, and Martin Pettiford, 23, of Irvington, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and one or more counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Brown is also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a fentanyl analogue.
The defendants allegedly dealt heroin in the area of Hayes Street and 14th Avenue near the New Community Corporation (NCC), according to court documents.
In addition to selling narcotics in and around the NCC – primarily in a courtyard area gang members refer to as “the desert” – members of the drug trafficking organization alerted each other to the presence of police, rival gang members or drug dealers within NCC; pooled narcotics; shared narcotics proceeds and customers; and raised bail money for each other following an arrest.
Members of the organization have also engaged in violence in connection with their narcotics trafficking activities. Omar Wyche, 29, of Newark, and Keyeen Scott, 37, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, were each charged with one or more counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Concerned community leaders met on Thursday night to brainstorm ways of preventing young people from getting involved with gangs.
There are currently 33 identified juvenile gang members in the city. The San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention said in Thursday night’s meeting that their first priority is getting that number down.
Some activists expressed their concerns that labeling young people as gang members is dangerous and that it could follow them into adulthood.
The San Diego Police Department reports they have identified 3, 623 gang member in the city and are proud that number is down from previous years.
Community members also said that the gang commission has created new roads, but the gang list needs to be flexible for young people who are working to turn their lives around.
Two gang members each face 50 years to life in prison after a jury found them guilty of killing of a man at a Rialto bus stop in 2014 stemming from a feud dating back to when the attackers were in middle school.
Anthony Albert, 21, of Fontana and 22-year-old Noah Davis of Ontario are scheduled to to be sentenced April 27 for the slaying of David Richardson, Jr. following the jury’s Friday, March 9, verdict, according to a San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office news release and court records.
Gang members Anthony Albert (left), 21, of Fontana, and Noah Davis, 22, of Ontario. (Source: pe.com)
A third man, 22-year-old Calvin Ranson of Fontana, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter Jan. 12 in connection to the case. Ranson faces 17 years and 8 months in state prison.
On the evening of Dec. 4, 2014, authorities say Richardson was on his cellphone waiting for a bus near Riverside and Walnut avenues when Albert, Ransom and Davis walked up behind him and opened fire.
“When Mr. Albert opened fire, Mr. Richardson tried to run away from his attacker but couldn’t,” Deputy District Attorney Mallory Miller said. “The victim was caught off-guard and the defendant, benefiting from the element of surprise, used this advantage to hit his target at least six of the seven times he pulled the trigger. One bullet hit square in Mr. Richardson’s back and another through the back of his head. He ultimately died face down in the street in a pool of his own blood, still holding his cellphone.”
Trauma is defined as a very severe shock or very upsetting experience, which may cause psychological damage!
Witnessing a shooting in the neighborhood could be such an experience or a family being almost decimated by a house fire. Also an emergency Caesarian can have a long-lasting negative impact on a person. A child watching a close relative die of a severe illness may affect the psychological development of her/him.
Witnessing several of his comrades die may cause a soldier to experience extreme anxiety, stress or paranoia and he may feel emotionally numb jumpy and angry even though before the experience he was a calm, balanced person. These symptoms may also develop in gang members who over long periods of time – often since childhood – have experienced repeated and/or extreme exposure to abuse and violence and have been exposed to aversive details of the traumatic events (Example: seeing the remains or body parts of a close friend who got shot laying in the street).
Besides these examples of traumatizing events, for small children things like watching their parents fight, seeing their parents drinking and/or taking drugs regularly (several times a week) can have a negative effect on the child because a child naturally see their parents as the ever perfect human being, the people they can depend on and rely on.
Gang violence in Chicago is so pervasive that it is now spilling into funeral services. The problem has escalated to the point that Cook County has established a task force to address it, CBS Chicago reports.
What’s going on?
Sheriff Tom Dart has seen funeral processionals devolve into violent gunfights as they travel to Hillside, a cemetery where many slain gang members are buried in Chicago.
“People, literally, are jumping on other sides of the road, driving next to each other, weaving in and out of traffic, guns being waved out of cars,” Dart said. “There’s been shots fired from vehicles as well.”
Chief Joe Lukaszek referenced a recent incident that resulted in a chase and the recovery of three guns from a stolen SUV after shots were fired during a funeral processional.
Police followed the vehicle as it left the funeral and rammed it off the road before arresting the armed suspects.
“We were able to identify the car, and we started following the car after it left the cemetery so it wouldn’t create any more problems there,” Lukaszek said. “It’s getting out of control, it really is. The gangs just think that it’s a safe haven for them and they do whatever they want to do.”
The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in detained youth is greater in comparison to the counterparts in the community (60–70% versus 20–25%). Youth who are detained have increased rates of psychiatric co-morbidity; ethnic and gender differences have been identified.
There are higher rates of psychosis, anxiety, antisocial personality disorder, suicide attempts, alcohol dependence and drug dependence in young adult gang members in comparison to violent and non-violent men; however, both gang members and violent men had a lower prevalence of depression.