Bloods In Trinidad turning the streets red
By Harry Jaffe
The Bloods have arrived in the nation’s capital. Now what?
Just as guns and drugs flow back and forth across the District’s borders with Virginia and Maryland, perhaps it was inevitable that organized gangs from beyond the city limits would invade our streets. For months I have been fielding tips about the Bloods, the Los Angeles gang in storied conflict with the Crips.
Still, reports of Bloods in D.C. seemed bogus; then I got my hands on Commander George Kucik’s memo.
“The Intelligence Division has verified that there are bona fide members of the ‘Bloods’ gang living and operating in the District of Columbia,” wrote Kucik, commander of the police department’s Third District, in the heart of the city’s Northwest quadrant.
Kucik reported Bloods sighted in the 7th and O Streets area and in Adams Morgan. I have been wearing a blue “DC” baseball cap to tip my hat to the Nationals; little did I know Blood members wear the same cap, which to them means “Death to Crips,” according to Kucik.
If the Bloods were in Adams Morgan, were they also in Trinidad, D.C.’s new homicide capital? I investigated and came up with sources who described a possible motive for some of Trinidad’s recent bloodshed.
According to these sources, a young woman from outside Trinidad wanted to join the Bloods. For her initiation, she could be “sexed in,” which means she would submit herself to gang members. She agreed, but after days of sexual slavery, she escaped, returned to her neighborhood and described her treatment. Outraged, her local crew members sought revenge by shooting up Trinidad street corners where Bloods were known to hang.
Police would not confirm this account, but it could explain the raft of shootings of July 19. No one has been arrested. The young woman, according to my sources, is under federal protection.
In a Darwinian sense of survival of the fittest, retribution against the Bloods is in keeping with local tradition. Area crews prevailed over Jamaican gangs who tried to run the marijuana trade in the 1980s. Organized crime has never taken hold in our disorganized streets.
The Bloods offer a potent and dangerous threat. With the closing of Lorton Prison, D.C. criminals now go to federal pens where they are faced with joining a gang just to survive. My sources tell me these ex-cons return to D.C. and establish “sets,” or small gang units. To recruit members, they hold parties with free booze and drugs and sex.
Now there could be as many as 30 sets growing in the capital city. Which raises the question: can the cops eradicate them? The Metropolitan Police Department has a gang unit, but it is undermanned.
“We are not ready,” an ex-cop tells me. “These gangs are easy to infiltrate at this stage. The only way to kill them off is an immediate and focused response.”
Or we could sit back and watch the D.C. crews battle the Bloods, in gang wars that will make Trinidad’s streets continue to run red.