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Federal Crackdown Leads to Arrests of 55 Suspected Members of Violent Crips Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The longtime San Diego gang is known for its ruthless violence, from execution-style murders to the shooting of a pregnant woman.

Now U-T San Diego reports that federal authorities nabbed most of the 55 suspected members of the West Coast Crips in pre-dawn raids Thursday, changing them with crimes spanning from murder and armed robberies to prostitution drug dealing.

The suspected mastermind, Randy Alton Graves, was among those arrested.

The crackdown came on the heels of phone surveillance and undercover drug buys, authorities said.

The startling wiretaps reveal that the gangsters “think nothing about murdering rivals in San Diego and they think nothing of executing their own, when their own are even suspected of being disloyal,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said at a news conference.

Seized in the raids were 16 guns, more than 4 pounds of meth, 4,400 pounds of pot and $300,000 in counterfeit money.

DEA “Left” Forgotten Suspect in Cell for 5 Days

Shoshanna Utcheniik
ticklethewire.com

A 24 year old University of California San Diego student was one of nine people brought in by the DEA for questioning on April 21 after a drug raid. What happened next is anyone’s guess.

It seems he was forgotten in a cell for five days.

DEA spokeswoman Amy Roderick told the Union Tribune San Diego, “Each suspect was interviewed in separate interview rooms, and frequently moved around between rooms and cells.” She said seven suspects were brought to the county jail, one was released “and the individual in question was accidentally left in one of the cells.”

When agents discovered the blunder, they rushed the man to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. There he tested positive for methamphetamines which he allegedly found in the cell during his accidental detention.

You have to wonder if University professors will excuse the week-long absence with a note from the DEA.

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ATF Agent Gets 1 Year and 1 Day For Stealing During Drug Raid in Suburban Cleveland

ATF Agent Steven Campbell/u.s. marshals service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ex-ATF agent who got greedy during a drug raid last October was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland to one year and one day in prison for stealing more than $40,000, WEWS 5 tv reported.

Steven Campbell, 32, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. Campbell was accused of hiding $46,785 in cash that he was stuffing his pocket when he was confronted by other agents at the raid.

According to a court affidavit by Nicholas Candela, a special agent with the Justice Department Inspector General, on Oct. 18, ATF agent Campbell was part of a task force that raided a home in Lyndhurt, Ohio shortly after 7 a.m.

Agents confronted the drug suspect, who after being read his Miranda Warning, confessed that he had a couple pounds of marijuana in a blue bag in the garage and between $45,000 and $50,000 under a dresser.

Campbell went upstairs along with at least one DEA agent. A plastic bag full of cash was found under the dresser.

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