Safe Streets Initiave combats gangs

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By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE — “The FBI considers gangs and drug enterprises the same as organized crime – and we attack them in the same way,” said Supervisory Special Agent Stephen S. Woolery during last week’s FBI Citizens’ Academy session.

Woolery spoke of how “New Jack City” is the first movie that put crack cocaine out there as a drug, adding that agents found a copy of the movie in almost every crack house they busted in Illinois.

In San Antonio, “Scarface” with Al Pacino was the movie they found in most dope houses. “These characters are being acted out in our communities,” he said. “Is life imitating art or is art imitating life? Second and third generations are watching the glorification of the drug lifestyle in these movies. Hollywood, the music industry ... there’s so much support for this lifestyle.”

In Los Angeles, gangs use street names to identify themselves, such as the Hoover Street Crips. They were buying up entire blocks of houses and apartment complexes with drug sales, he said. He showed the class a video of a gang in Fresno. The members bragged and pranced around in front of the camera holding various weapons and showing a large cache of rifles, bags of crack cocaine, marijuana plants and piles of money.

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