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“Krills,” “Yams,” and “Grizz”: Decoding NYC Gangsters’ Facebook Faux-Pas

In October, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly publicly announced that he was doubling the size of the Department’s Anti-Gang Unit and would be stepping up efforts to bust gangsters using social media websites like Facebook and Twitter — where gangsters have recently taken their turf wars.

New York City’s gangsters must not read the papers — 10 more alleged thugs got popped recently, much thanks to their social media stupidity.

According to the NYPD, 10 leaders of the “violent, drug dealing” street gang “WTG” were indicted yesterday on six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, assault, weapons possession and sales, and narcotics possession, as well as 35 related substantive counts.

Many of those indictments were aided by law enforcement’s ability to crack the gangsters’ social media codes.

From the NYPD:

WTG’s leadership made extensive use of social media and developed a distinctive “lingo,” or system of code words and phrases, to communicate with one another about their criminal activity in thousands of exchanges on Facebook. During the investigation, Special Narcotics prosecutors and analysts, and members of the NYPD, reviewed of Facebook messages from January 2011 to the present, as well as additional images and messages on Instagram. Facebook and Instagram messages and photos were obtained through court authorized search warrants.

“DubbTee” refers to a member of WTG, while “Fake Dub” describes members of the rival Dub City gang. Shootings, drug sales and firearms were routinely discussed in WTG leaders’ Facebook messages. “Grip,” “glocc,” “swammy,” “slammer,” and “hammer” are all terms WTG members used to refer to firearms, while “floced” or “clapped” referred to a shooting. “Krills,” “grams,” “yams,” and “grizz” are terms used for narcotics.

Facebook also served as a primary means of gang recruitment. Messages and other intelligence reveal that WTG leadership required prospective gang members to provide money for the purchase of communal firearms, or to provide an actual firearm, in order to gain admission to the gang. New gang members were then placed “under” a leader, to whom they answered. WTG maintained readily available, loaded communal firearms for use by members. Gang leaders directed minors aged 14 and 15 to possess, transport and store the guns in order to avoid the arrest or detection of adult gang members.

In a May 2012 Facebook message, SHAQUILLE HOLDER, “aka Boogz,” wrote to another prospective WTG, saying, “If yuk an western union me 125 right now you can be WTG under me and b official.” That same month, HOLDER received a Facebook message from an individual seeking to help another individual become a member of WTG. “My manzz want to be Dub Tee under u,” the message said, to which HOLDER replied, “Gotta send n glocc or 200 cash and mac wich ya guyuzz.”

In a March 2011 Facebook message, RONALD DAVIS, aka “Ron G,” directed a prospective WTG member, “Yo bro, I want u to be WTG but u gotta put up chipz on da glock dun u my bro,” adding, “100” when asked how much. A prospective gang member asked, “You gonna turn me dub tee or when I pay for the gun?” and DAVIS responded, “Friday but if u dnt give me dat den ugonna get parked. Parked = droped from WTG Imma teach u the lingo.” HOLDER, WILLIAMS and DAVIS face Criminal Solicitation charges in connection with these recruiting activities.

Earlier this year, we consulted our go-to gang source (a 20-year-old “Crip” who happens to live next door to us) in regards to the recent spike in social media thuggery.

“[That’s not] how real gangsters do shit,” he assured us. “They put that shit up there [on Facebook] like they don’t know the cops is readin’ it. That’s dumb shit — amateur shit. That’s how niggaz end up in jail.”

Our source has been shot four times — including one shooting incident that involved him shooting himself in the leg (he happened to be sitting on our couch at the time, as evident from the bullet hole in our faux-leather sofa).

As he puts it, he and his homeboys are “for real gangster.”

“These fake-ass gangsters don’t know what they’re doing, son,” he continues. “The reason gangs survive is by not letting the cops know we is doin’ shit. We don’t do none of that Facebook shit and if you do an ‘OG’ is gonna let you know about it.”

Moral of the story: gang business has no business on Facebook.

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Nobody Was Shot or Stabbed in New York on Monday; Gangsters Dumbfounded

It might be one of those cliche “only in New York” stories, but the fact that nobody was shot, stabbed, or sliced in New York City on Monday is actually news here in the Big Apple — and it has at least one gang member scratching his head.

“Yeah, I didn’t hear about any shit poppin’ off on Monday. Weird,” our go-to gang source — who just so happens to be our next door neighbor — tells the Voice. “Was it a holiday?”

“Nice way to start the week,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.

Neither Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.

It likely didn’t happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245
murders, said Tom Reppetto, a NYPD historian and author of “American
Police, 1945-2012.”

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/reported-shot-stabbed-slashed-nyc-monday-article-1.1209204#ixzz2DWweJOvl

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/reported-shot-stabbed-slashed-nyc-monday-article-1.1209204#ixzz2DWweJOvlThere was, however, one shooting, but the wounded

“Nice way to start the week,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.

Neither Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.

It likely didn’t happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245
murders, said Tom Reppetto, a NYPD historian and author of “American
Police, 1945-2012.”

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/reported-shot-stabbed-slashed-nyc-monday-article-1.1209204#ixzz2DWweJOvl

“Nice way to start the week,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.

Neither Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.

It likely didn’t happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245
murders, said Tom Reppetto, a NYPD historian and author of “American
Police, 1945-2012.”

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/reported-shot-stabbed-slashed-nyc-monday-article-1.1209204#ixzz2DWweJOv

Police sources confirmed to the New York Daily News this morning that
there were no reported shootings, stabbings, or slicings in any of the
five boroughs on Monday — and nobody can seem to remember the last time
that happened.

From the Daily News:

“Nice way to start the week,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.

Neither Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.

There was, however, one shooting on Monday (sort of) — but it was somewhat Plaxico-esque.

According
to police sources, a 16-year-old was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital
with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. It was determined, though, that
he shot himself accidentally.

As we reported earlier this year,
our source — a 20-year-old “Crip” from Crown Heights — also found
himself on the wrong end of his own gun; he shot himself in the thigh
while watching TV on our couch, according to the bullet hole currently
in our couch.

When informed that another New Yorker Plaxico’d himself, our source says “stop calling me Plaxico, son.”

Never.

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Crips Members Unimpressed With “Fake Ass” Facebook Gangsters

There have been a slew of new, young street gangs popping up in New York the last several years — including the “Very Crispy Gangsters” and “Rockstarz,” each of which were “taken down” by law enforcement earlier this week.

These new gangsters have taken their battles to the Internet (which is why the aforementioned thugs got busted. More on that below), posting threats against rival gangs on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter — a very un-gangster thing to do, according to a Voice source who is a member of the legendary “Crips” street gang.

While the jump to the web might be seen as a sign of the times, it’s not “how real gangsters do shit” — according to our source, anyway.

“They put that shit up there [on Facebook] like they don’t know the cops is readin’ it,” one Crip member tells the Voice. “That’s dumb shit — amateur shit. That’s how niggaz end up in jail.”

At the ripe old age of 20, the Crip member with whom we spoke has been shot four times — including one shooting incident that involved him shooting himself in the leg (he happened to be sitting on my couch at the time, as evident from the bullet hole in my faux-leather sofa).

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As he puts it, he and his homeboys are “for real gangster.”

“These fake-ass
gangsters don’t know what they’re doing, son,” he continues. “The reason
gangs survive is by not letting the cops know we is doin’ shit. We
don’t do none of that Facebook shit and if you do an ‘OG’ is gonna let
you know about it.”

As “fake-ass” as the new gangsters may be,
their violent tendencies are very real — the body count from an ongoing
street-war between the “Rockstarz” and the “VCG” stands at three dead
gangsters, as well as several innocent victims who were caught in the
crossfire, including a 10-year-old boy who was hit with a stray bullet
while watching TV in his own home.

According to an indictment filed earlier this week, the war between
the “Rockstarz” and the “VCG” waged for three years
, and started with the murder of
VCG gangster Taquan “Tay Weez” Crandell, by Rockstarz gang member
Michael Allen Reid, in September 2009.

As the war waged on,
there were two other VCG casualties, including the murder of Namadi
Simpson on April 9, 2010, and Johnny Santiago, who was beaten to death
on June 6, 2011.

Following Santiago’s murder, a member of the
Rockstarz posted “Rockstarz are up 3-0” on Facebook, clearly referencing
the three murdered VCG gangsters — which led police to Wednesday’s
gangster roundup, netting nearly 50 arrests.

Our “Crips” source notes that “just because you can shoot a few niggaz doesn’t mean you a real gangsta.”

No, but it certainly helps.