South Florida gangs are a ruthless and bloody bunch, whose names strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. Lately, however, those names have gone bilingual. And redundant.
Six members of the Lake Worth-based gang Krazy Locos -- not to be confused with the formerly caffeinated brand of booze-in-a-can Four Loko -- were sentenced yesterday to a combined 237 years in prison for their involvement in two murders, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking.
For those of you who don't habla español, the gang's title translates as "crazy crazies." And if their indictment is any indication, boy do these guys deserve the name.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Southern District Office describes the Krazy Locos as "a violent gang that committed ruthless murders and robberies" in addition to selling oxycodone, Xanax, methadone, cocaine, crack and marijuana.
According to the indictment, the Krazy Locos would "sponsor" a patient -- paying for his or her medical visit and prescription -- in exchange for a portion of the pills, then re-sell them.
Members also had to rob and sell drugs in order to pay "taxes" to the gang every week. Never has crime sounded so patriotic!
But that's where the IRS similarities stop.
Feds say that the gang's leader, Jonathan Gonzalez, ordered 17-year-old Manuel Medina to murder Rolando Franco when Franco tried to leave the Krazy Locos and move out of Florida to start a new life in January 2009.
One month later, the gang killed an innocent man and wounded another after trying to rob what they thought was the stash house of a rival gang.
Then in April 2009, Gonzalez ordered Medina and another gang member to shoot up the house of another Krazy Loco. But Gonzalez was furious when he learned they hadn't emptied their entire AK-47 clips and sent them back to do it again four days later.
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Gonzalez was also caught selling weapons -- including 24 firearms, thousands of bullets, and a grenade -- to undercover agents.
He was sentenced to a whopping 135 years in prison; Medina got 35 years despite his young age; and four others received sentences from 3 - 30 years in federal prison.
At times, the Krazy Locos has been affiliated with another unfortunately named gang: Making Life Krazy, or MLK.