The Santiesteban drug clan -- which made millions by running grow houses all over South Florida and smuggling pot up the coast to New York City -- now appears to be falling apart. Earlier today, one of the gang's leaders, Derrick Santiesteban, pleaded guilty to drug, money laundering, and murder charges. His wife, Yadira, also copped to money laundering. A third gang member, Raul Ramirez, admitted to tending to the grow houses. Miami New Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: A group was gathered on a lawn when a young man later ID'd as Crews fired nine shots in their direction. And who was hit? A rival gang member? A drug seller encroaching on his turf? Nope: It was a 43-year-old woman. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: Hollis had worked the concert series for seven years without incident. But then a fight broke out between rival groups and she was caught in the middle. Police didn't immediately confirm gang involvement. Why not? Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: Veteran activist Kelly thinks the bad economy is pushing gangstas into new (for them) crimes like bank robberies and home invasions. But their biggest foe may turn out to be gentrification. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: After a huge bust earlier this year, potential gang leaders are struggling for power, with violence the side effect. But an activist believes the press is turning a blind eye to bloodshed like Munoz's killing. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Village Voice Empire: Walker-Smith nicknamed himself "GANGSTA BABY DI32EL" and said his birth year was when he started "BEING SINISTER." His murder inspired a vigil officiated by a gang-fighting rev out to stop the madness. Westword has the story.