FROM Wes McBride
Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back in LA's War on Gangs There's good news and bad news with two gang-related arrests in the past two days. Today, LA's Mayor and Police Chief announced today the arrest of Steve Garcia , a murder suspect who was buying an ice cream cone in Rosarita Beach, Mexico. The bad news is that Mario Corona was arrested yesterday and charged with possessing a pound of methamphetamine. Corona, a former gang member with a master's degree in social research from USC, has been part of the controversial LA Bridges gang intervention program.
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