Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A Very Very Small Gang Problem

“Sioux Falls' gang population is "very, very small,"
-Doug Simmons, a Sioux Falls Police officer who specializes in gang prevention training.

I couldn't resist doing some research on the "stupid" acts of a wannabe in Sioux Falls. It would be nice if those in charge of protecting our kids would do the same.
So far this year, the Task Force has arrested eight to nine suspected crack distributors associated with the Gangster Disciples from the Chicago area. The investigation is continuing.
In the latest enforcement action that began on Feb. 24, 2006, ICE teamed up with its law enforcement partners to arrest large numbers of gang members in Dallas (44), San Diego (41), Washington, D.C. (22), Miami (22), and Raleigh, N.C. (19). Gang members were also arrested in locations such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; and Springfield, Missouri. Those arrested included members of MS-13, Surenos, 18th Street Gang, Latin Kings, Bloods, Crips, Armenian Power, Street Thug Criminals, Brown Pride, Asian Dragon Family, Avenue Assassins, Spanish Gangster Disciples, Big Time Killers and Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos.
The gangs most prominent in the Sioux Falls, Sioux City and southwestern Minnesota region are Bloods and Crips (several sets of each), Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Black Gangster Disciple Nation, Surenos and Nortenos. In South Dakota prisons, according to the research done by USA Gangs the most common gangs are Aryan Brotherhood, Black Gangster Disciples, Black P Stones, Bloods, Crips, Gangster Disciples, Ku Klux Klan, Latin Kings, Nortenos 14, Skinheads, Surenos 13, and Vice Lords.,46715
MS-13 is just one of the many gangs whose members have found their way to the United States illegally. And that's how agents are able to arrest them. In the latest round of arrests as part of "Operation Community Shield," agents arrested five suspected illegal gang members in the Sioux Falls area.