- High Money Crips (310 Harmony Oaks Crips, W/S Idlewood Crips, W/S Crips, Idlewood Crips, 310 Crips, HOAKS) have traditionally been a tight-knit gang involved primarily in burglaries, robberies, homicides, and auto theft. Since the late-2000's drug trafficking appears to have become the chief profit-making activity for the gang.
The Los Santos Police Department established a "Youth Gang Task Force" in the early-2000's to address the criminal activities of street gangs. Their findings indicated an increase in gang membership and activity even at that time.
High Money Crips in Los Santos have aligned themselves with various other Los Santos based Crip gangs. In the neighborhood where the High Money Crips dominate, multiple CRIP tags have been observed. Total membership for the High Money Crips is estimated to be between 20 and 30 active members and many more prosperous conceivable members. The gang members recognize the confusion they have created by their changing organizational structure and use it to their advantage. Often times they use hand symbols, graffiti, and other gang affiliation symbols interchangeably.
HIGH MONEY CRIPS
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION - GANGS - LOS SANTOS
- A. ORGANIZATION
- High Money Crips are currently the most visible and are believed to be one of the most violent Los Santos street gangs. They are located in South and Southwest Los Santos where heavy recruiting is being conducted in middle and high schools. The gang’s subsidiary counterparts includes the renowned Baby Crips (REF827). The Baby Crips have a population which differs in age, from 9 to 17. The Baby Crips strive to become fully-fledged members of High Money Crips.
Recruitment by the gang is on the increase. Many new members join in a bid to be protected from rival gangs. Others join out of fear of the repercussions of rejecting High Money Crips or its counterparts.
Heavy recruiting is being conducted in many Los Santos high schools. The most common recruitment method in schools is by intimidation, although resistance is common. Many students carry weapons to school in aid to protect themselves from gang members. Numerous assaults involving firearms and knives have occurred on or around junior high and high school campuses during the current school term. The schools report the incidents are a result of gang recruiting and initiation rituals.
One initiation ritual requires a prospective member to be physically beaten by other members. The prospective member(s) are expected to commit a crime to be accepted into the gang. In order to move up the ranks in the organization, members must commit crimes of a more violent nature, usually involving firearms.
- B. OPERATION
- It has been determined through GND debriefings of incarcerated High Money Crips members and a rival gang member that several Los Santos gangs and/or individual members are being supplied cocaine by local drug trafficking organizations. High Money members have stated that some drug traffickers who are currently being investigated or have already been prosecuted in the Southern District of California (S.D. Cal.), are supportive of gang ideology. High Money Crips members involved in drug trafficking are supplied to some extent by these local drug traffickers. The cocaine is usually distributed by High Money Crips gang members in the form of crack in the housing projects, around schools and neighborhoods.
Some cocaine and marijuana is being supplied by gang members who travel to and from Los Santos, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New York, and other major cities carrying varying amounts of drugs. These members are not always Los Santos based, but recognize Los Santos as fertile ground for gang activity and drug trafficking.
- C. FINANCES
- Further investigation must be conducted in order to determine how the High Money Crips handle their finances. It is said that the gang purchases firearms and more drugs however that is unconfirmed and undocumented.
- D. CHARACTERISTICS
- As a protective measure, the younger gang members serve as 'lookouts' and 'decoys' for marked police vehicles when they enter gang areas of operation. Other typical methods are used to disassociate themselves from the drug transactions with unfamiliar individuals.
Former High Money Crips members have gone on record claiming it is very easy to obtain weapons and claim most members of the High Money Crips are armed constantly. They advised that the attitude of most High Money Crips members regarding homicide is that it is considered in the line of duty.
High Money Crips members have robbed several liquor stores and gas stations. High Money Crips members have also robbed local pawnshops where they’re believed to have seized weapons which they use in turf skirmishes, and robberies. Vehicles can be borrowed from suspect car dealers who also provide to the local drug traffickers.
|Other sources of supply of weapons must be determined.|
PROMISE AND PERIL IN SOUTH/WEST L.S.
Giving tourists a look at gang culture
A group of civic activists are preparing to offer bus tours around some of the grittiest pockets of the city, with profits funnelled back into the community. Some of the particulars are raising eyebrows.
By Marcus Gold
December 5, 2012
A group of civic activists, united by faith and a belief that the poor economy in the more gang-influenced areas of Los Santos is a social injustice, are preparing to offer bus tours of some of the grittiest pockets of the city, including decayed public housing, sites of gang shootings and streets ravaged by racial unrest.
After a VIP preview last weekend, L.S. Gang Tours expects to open to the public in January, giving tourists a look at the cradle of the nation's gang culture -- the birthplace of many of the city's gangs, including Crips and Bloods, Florencia 13 and 18th Street.
"This is ground zero for a lot of the bad in this city. It could be ground zero for a lot of the good too," said Charles Davidson, a former Blood member who has become a leading gang intervention worker in South/West Los Santos and is spearheading the tours. "This is true community empowerment."
The non-profit group plans to offer two-hour tours at an initial cost of $65 per adult, with profits funnelled back into the community through jobs, "franchised" tours in new areas and micro-loans to inner-city entrepreneurs. Early routes will focus largely on South L.S., with forays through Jefferson and Idlewood.
PROMISE AND PERIL IN SOUTH/WEST L.S.
At an impoverished housing complex, a reflection of Southwest L.S.
Violence has long been a regular occurrence at the Harmony Oaks housing development. Crime is down and authorities hope new police tactics will help, but shootings can still come to earth with very little warning.
Harmony Oaks, one of the oldest and largest public housing developments in Los Santos, has been beset with crippling poverty and gang violence for much of its 75 years.
By David Burgerfield
Los Santos Police SLO. Carmine Cannone sprinted across the grass to the front of an apartment. He leaned ever so gently against the door. "It's open," he said, and his breath quickened. He locked eyes with another officer who was standing across the stoop, gun held tight against his thigh. "I'm going in," Cannone said.
The gunshots had erupted in the rear end of the housing development, one of the oldest and largest public housing developments in Los Santos, a place beset with crippling poverty and gang violence for much of its 75 years. It was late on a Friday, and it had been a quiet night. Now it looked as though someone had kicked over an anthill.
Looky-loos streamed in. So did police. There were obstacles everywhere: shell casings you weren't supposed to step on; old-timey wire clotheslines, neck-high, that you didn't want to run into. A police helicopter banked overhead; everyone winced at its burst of white light, then pushed on through the dark.
Gang violence has fallen in this corner of Southwest L.S., and civic leaders are labouring to secure some semblance of lasting peace and community -- through new police tactics and city-funded gang-prevention, job-training and other programs.
Defusing Harmony Oaks is a less daunting proposition than it would have been in years past. But it still comes with complexities: the gang that call "Harmony Oaks" home, the insular families who've been here from the start. The community reflects what lies ahead for Southwest L.S.: an unlikely sense of quiet and optimism most days, tempered by startling episodes that threaten to plunge the neighborhood back into the more familiar narrative of violence.
PROMISE AND PERIL IN SOUTH/WEST L.S.
Man killed in possible gangland shooting
Man found shot in the head and torso in an abandoned SUV. Experts link the shooting back to rival gang.
By Dean Westbrook
January 28, 2013
A man, identified as Trory Evans, was killed in the street on Sunday evening in what investigators suspect was a gangland shooting, police said.
The man was shot several times in the head and torso. The shooting took place at roughly 6 p.m. in the 1000 block of Harmony Oaks, said Sgt. Mike Haggerty of the Los Santos Police Department.
Trory Evans had been debriefed as one of the notorious leaders of High Money Crips. Evans was found in his abandoned SUV with his belongings plundered.
The local law enforcement are trying to defuse the situation as this might spark yet another gang based war in Idlewood.
SOUTH LOS SANTOS L.S. NOW
Gang conflict led to shooting outside high school, police say
February 25, 2013
An ongoing gang conflict between two students escalated into a shooting outside Los Santos High School that left two people wounded, authorities said Saturday.
Clarence Davidson, 18, of Los Santos and two juvenile suspects, including a student at the school, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for the Los Santos Police Department. The other two suspects were not identified due to them being considering minors under state law.
The shooting occurred outside the school’s campus about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Eisenman said. The clash started on campus and escalated outside the school’s grounds near Lime Street and West Hillcrest Boulevard, she said.
One of the victims was shot in the leg and treated at a hospital before being released, authorities claimed. The other victim remains in hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back.
The incident led to a lockdown of the school and the closure of surrounding streets.
Under Davidson's debrief, it was clear that the school shooting had its links back to the infamous initiation ritual performed by the notorious High Money Crips that dominate the western Idlewood neighborhoods.
L.S. JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
Gangs recruiting earlier, growing stronger
Officials push prevention programs as violent crimes flare up in Jefferson High School
By George Müller
Thursday, July 27, 2012
The number of gang members in the Los Santos area suburbs cannot be confirmed however officials claim they are still on the up – with recruitment beginning as early as elementary school.
‘‘I know it’s growing, there’s no doubt about that,” Jack Schreck, gangs liaison for the Jefferson High School system, said of the increase in gang members in the county.
County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said gang recruitment is occurring in elementary and middle schools. Schreck agreed, stating that children as young as 7 are being targeted.
And so county officials and community leaders, alarmed that gangs are making roots in suburban Maryland schools, are increasing prevention efforts.
‘‘The [gang] influence is so heavy because the peer pressure is just unbelievable that these young people are dealing with,” said Darius Stanton, the interim regional vice president for the Boys and Girls Club of Los Santos.
One of the most prolific gangs in western Idlewood has frequent recruitment drives - often done in nearby schools, one being Jefferson High School. Children have been caught hiding guns, drugs and flagging colors in school.
Officials say a system is to be implemented shortly, to deal with these troubled youth.
- The High Money Crips have two main areas of operation. Photographed below are the areas (main/secondary).
- Harmony Oaks housing projects
- Governor Armstrong housing projects
Address: 93rd W. Arbor Vitae Street
CA DL: N2947110
Notes: Presumed leader of the notorious street-gang High Money Crips. Has a somewhat absent presence for now but still calls the shots.
Address: 95th W. Arbor Vitae Street
CA DL: J3472888
Notes: Relieves Malcolm Crawford of his duties as leader at times. Has a somewhat absent presence for now but is regarded as one of the most respected individuals.
Address: 93rd W. Arbor Vitae Street
CA DL: J9281849
Notes: Malcolm Crawford's nephew. Currently on probation after serving ten years up-state on a second degree murder bid. Status in High Money Cripsunknown as of now.
Address: N/A, Idlewood, United States
CA DL: K4681177
Notes: Related to deceased High Money Crips members Nayvadius & Marlon Simmons. Is an authority figure around the neighborhood and keeps things in check.
Address: 522 West Kelso Street
CA DL: N/A
Notes: An off-spring of the 424 Exton Crips. Is an authority figure around the neighborhood and keeps things in check.
Address: N/A, Idlewood, United States
CA DL: K4823579
Notes: Affiliated himself with the High Money Crips at 16. Is an authority figure around the neighborhood and keeps things in check. Hasn't been seen for months. Presumed dead.
Address: 704 West Hillcrest Boulevard, Idlewood, United States
CA DL: K9238199
Notes: A respected individual who rose through the ranks quickly. Is an authority figure around the neighborhood and keeps things in check.
The goal of this investigation is to prosecute and incarcerate the hierarchy of this organization through the possible use of the RICO statute, the Hobbs Act statute, the Carjacking statute or the illegal drug statutes. In view of the above developments, UACB, the captioned GND investigation is considered closed.
WARNING: This is an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence. It is being shared for informational purposes but has not been fully evaluated, integrated with other information, interpreted, or analyzed. Receiving agencies are cautioned not to take actions based solely on this raw reporting unless the information is independently verified. A presumption of innocence still exists for any person being reported in this report.
This report has been prepared by the Gangs and Narcotics Division of the Los Santos Police Department. Comments and queries may be addressed to 1-877-ASK-LAPD(1-877-275-5273).