Crime is on the rise in the city.
Posted in the Ironton Forum
#1 May 27, 2012
Not drawing attention to the fact that the city has layed-off policemen but has anyone been losing items from their yards and break-ins?
Over the last year more and more petty crimes have gone up, how long before they get brave enough to enter our houses will we're sleeping.
#2 May 27, 2012
Buy a 12 gauge pump shotgun, best home defense weapon. Before you call the state police make sure the intruder is dead and cold.
#3 May 29, 2012
There's a simple way to solve the crime problem:
obey the law; punish those who do not.
#4 May 29, 2012
what rush limbaugh dont realize is that the punishment(prison) is a better life for them. but now when they know they can be killed they think twice before they do it.
#5 May 29, 2012
Layoff more police! Hold on let's raise the water bills first! Maybe some of the bullshit jobs the lovely city administration had decided to keep can patrol the streets at night!
What a pathetic joke!
#6 Oct 11, 2012
Feds label Salvadoran Gang MS-13 as Criminal Group
Source: USA Today
The Obama administration has labeled MS-13, a violent Central American street gang operating in the United States, as a transnational criminal organization, the first time the designation has been used on that kind of group.
The designation allows the federal government to impose strict economic sanctions on the gang's ever-increasing network, such as freezing its assets within the U.S. and making it more difficult for members to use banks and wire transfers to move their profits.
MS-13, which stands for Mara Salvatrucha, was created by El Salvadoran immigrants and has spread to 50,000 members worldwide, including up to 10,000 in the U.S. operating in 46 states, according to the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment.
Members of the gang in the U.S. have been accused of murder, kidnapping, blackmail, extortion, drug smuggling, illegal-immigrant smuggling, prostitution rings and identity theft.
The gang has been targeted by local law enforcement and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement gang investigators in most major American cities, but Thursday's designation allows the federal government to help by attacking the gang's finances.
"This designation allows us to strike at the financial heart of MS-13 and is a powerful weapon in our fight to dismantle one of the most violent, transnational criminal organizations operating today," said ICE Director John Morton.
Other international criminal groups that have been subject to similar sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department include Los Zetas, the violent Mexican drug cartel, and Yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate.
#7 Oct 11, 2012
The United States Treasury has designated a violent gang set up by El Salvador immigrants in the Los Angeles area as a "transnational criminal organisation".
BBC News - Oct. 11, 2012
The move allows the authorities to seize assets from the MS-13 gang.
The group makes millions of dollars in profits from drug-trafficking and other criminal activities.
MS-13 has thousands of members across the US, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
US authorities say the sanction makes it illegal for American citizens and banks to do any business with them.
Much of the money generated by the gang is sent back to El Salvador, where its leadership is based.
"This designation allows us to strike at the heart of MS-13," Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton told the AP news agency.
MS-13 is "one of the most dangerous and rapidly expanding criminal gangs in the world today," says a US treasury statement.
It has 30,000 members, adds the statement, with members involved in murder, racketeering, drug- and sex-trafficking from Alaska and Canada in the north all the way down to Central America.
"MS-13's criminal nature can be seen in one of its mottos,'Mata, roba, viola, controla', or 'kill, steal, rape, control'," says the statement.
In of the most gruesome murders carried out by the gang in American soil, a pregnant Virginia teenager was stabbed to death in 2003 after she became a police informant.
Thousands of MS-13 members have been arrested in the US this year.
MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, was created in the 1980s in Los Angeles by poor mostly illegal immigrants who had escaped from the civil war in El Salvador.
When the conflict ended, with a peace treaty signed in 1992, many were expelled and deported to their country - or their parents' country in many cases.
They took back to Central America LA's gang culture.
MS-13's main rivals are the Barrio 18 gang, also founded by Salvadorean immigrants in Los Angeles.
In March they agreed to a cease-fire, mediated by the Catholic Church, which has sharply reduced the number of murders in the country.
Salvadorean gangs have also got involved in drug trafficking.
They became allies, or in some cases enemies, of Mexico's powerful drug cartels, such as the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel.
MS-13 members, known as 'maras' or 'mareros', cover their bodies with tattoos and use hand signs to identify each other.
Gang members are also in control of most Salvadorean prisons.
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