Armenian Power aka AP-13 74 Gang Members Arrested (VIDEO)

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FBI special agent holds up a photo of fugitive Armen Mkhitaryan, aka Ashot, during a news conference to announce the arrests of 74 members of the Armenian Power Gang

Armenian Power aka AP-13 74 Gang Members Arrested

74 supposed members and associates of an international gang called Armenian Power  AP were arrested in a huge crackdown on organized crime on Wednesday, February 16 2011.

Authorities said the group allegedly netted $20million through kidnapping, extortion, bank fraud and drug trafficking and that another 25 members are currently being hunted.

Among the accusations are that Armenian Power AP members, who are said to have ties with high-level crime figures in eastern Europe, put skimming devices at the cash registers in the discount 99 Cents Only stores and stole customers’ information to create fake credit card accounts.

Managers at stores alerted authorities when they learned of the scheme, which allegedly netted $2 million for the gang.

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr said: ‘The indictments targeting Armenian Power provide a window into a group that appears willing to do anything to generate a profit.’

Glendale is the centre of the Armenian community in the U.S. but authorities also charged more than a dozen individuals from other states

Mr Birotte said some members of the gang are accused of bribing bank employees in Orange County to gather information that allowed them to take over accounts and steal at least $10 million. The group’s criminal enterprises in Los Angeles County netted another $10 million.

He added that the gang uses senior associates nicknamed ‘thieves in-law’ who help coordinate Armenian Power’s activities in America with actions by criminal groups in Russia, Georgia and Armenia.

Armenian Power is also broken down into cells with their own leaders, Mr Birotte said. Members have nicknames like ‘Capone,’ ‘Stomper,’ ‘Casper’ and ‘Thick Neck.’

In all, the crime group is believed to have more than 200 members.

The group start as a street gang in East Hollywood, California, in the 1980s, identifying themselves with tattoos, graffiti and gang clothing, but the organization quickly became more concerned with racketeering than controlling ‘turf.’

Also known as AP-13, Armenian Power has close ties with the prison gang Mexican Mafia, which controls much of the narcotics distribution in California’s prisons, and has worked with African-American street gangs.

About 800 law enforcement officers were involved in the swoops on Wednesday, code-named ‘Operation Power Outage.’

The charges came after a two-year investigation by Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force.

Mr Birotte said: ‘This is a significant step in disrupting this organization.

‘These types of criminal organizations – through the use of extortions, kidnappings and other violent acts – have demonstrated a willingness to prey upon members of their own community.’

In one alleged kidnapping, several Armenian Power members forced a man to pay ransom by taking him to an auto body shop belonging to a group member and then threatening him with violence.

In an alleged extortion scheme lasting months, the victim and his family were forced to make repeated payments under threats, authorities said.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said: ‘The department has undertaken the largest one-day takedown of La Cosa Nostra; a coordinated national effort against street gangs; and today, taken action against Armenian Power and others with ties to international organized crime.’

In an alleged extortion scheme lasting months, the victim and his family were forced to make repeated payments under threats, authorities said.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said: ‘The department has undertaken the largest one-day takedown of La Cosa Nostra; a coordinated national effort against street gangs; and today, taken action against Armenian Power and others with ties to international organized crime.’

John V. Gillies, special agent in charge of the FBI Miami field office, added: ‘This is the largest national take down of Eurasian organized crime.

‘Today’s significance is not just from the sheer number of arrests, but from disrupting their criminal influence in our community.’

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32 Responses

  1. People like that give the rest of us Armenians a bad name

  2. AP have to be one of the most disgusting gangs out there, just with their unibrows and marble painted mercedes cruising up and down trying to shake me NP.

  3. face criminal charges with potential sentences ranging from a few years to life in prison.”

    So this will cost tax payers at least another $20 mil to keep them incarcerated?
    Can’t we just deport them back to Armenia?

  4. Send them back to Mexico

  5. How many of you have ever seen the many water stores in Glendale, how about all those flower shops, the catering companies…what about any other stores you see…too many off? In a economy that is sinking how many of you have wondered whats the deal. Have any of you ever gone into any of these stores, did you get the odd feeling business was not needed or wanted…It would take a blind man to not notice and figure this out as MONEY LAUNDERING..so why has the Glendale PD not noticed or done anything about…heck you guys at the times how about you take this on as something?

  6. It’s about time they crack down on illegal activity by Armenians. How is it possible they live in low income areas and drive a $100K car? Or they live off of welfare and still drive a $100K car? Nice take down by the authorities. We need more of this!

  7. I am Armenian myself and I am truely ashamed to be an Armenian..That’s SOOOOOO EMBARRASSING!!!!They honestly give us a bad name, specially since most of us have lived, worked, gotten educated and made a decent life for ourselves!!!!

  8. I dont think every should start talkin all this crap everybody commits crimes some more violent then others armenian have the edge on all races their smarter they dont go rob a liqour like your typical black or steal a radio like mexican or rape kids like stupid white people they find loops in the system and make money all the money is reimbusred back to customers only big credit card companies get hit you know they can afford it

    • It is well-known aspect of criminal psychology that people who believe everyone is crook is prone to dishonest acts.
      You are wrong and probably not an assimilated American.
      Your are wrong that Armenians are a race, it is a nationality.
      Your are wrong that all Armenians commit crimes.
      Your are wrong that Armenians who commit financial crimes are smart.
      Armenians are white.

  9. HEY, there are white,black,brown & many others CRIMINAL gangs.
    Nothing to do with any nations.Just the worldwide CASTES.

  10. Umm.. Bernie Madoff got away with Billions.. So 78 people only took 10 Million dollars. They make it such a big deal. If it was a white/jew doing the same crime it would not be such a big deal.
    Seriously this country is so racist against Armenians it’s sad. Yes some do fraud but hey look at George Bush look what he did. It’s survival time, and everyone is doing what they can.

    Really, cops are more crooked. Please tell me I’m wrong.

    • Your are wrong. The crimes the AP were caught committing represent only a narrow window of their operations and what is reported is only what can be proven. Since they are muscle for Armenian mafia, the actual criminal enterprise is in the $billions.

      This apologist attitude only enables these people and these crimes. You should be outraged. Don’t forget these arrests follow the Glendale Medicare arrests and are a direct splinter group. The extent of this criminal enterprise is so large that it can only be prosecuted peicemeal.

      Furthermore, their crimes together with the Armenian Mafia who works with the Russian Mafia threatens our entire country’s financial stability. They have attacked our Healthcare and welfare system with almost effortless ease. This can destroy our country right as we try to dig ourselves out of insolvency.
      Victimizing Americans shopping at the 99 Cents is even more pathetic because they are attacking our working poor.

  11. This whole statement is sooo false that it actually made me laugh, “Operation Power Outage” wow that is fucking hilarious. These intergovernmental organizations have made such a big deal of something so fragile and weak. So what if a couple Armenians made a couple million in an illegal, look at what is going on on Wall Street Zionist Jews and greedy cocksuckers rob our nation everyday. These type of little crackdowns on little illegal activity between a group of people operating within themselves, causing no harm too people out of them, is just a way for the government and media to relocate the focus of the public onto little schemes such as this one. Instead organizations such as the FBI should put more focus onto larger national issues instead of bullshit like this. This whole article on this page is nearly 90% false. Armenian Power 13 does not operation with the older generation Armenians from the old country which they call the “Armenian Mafia”. Only a handful of non-active Armenian Power members were arrested in this case, and the other 65 or so where just Armenian American citizens from Los Angeles. Our government loves to labor everything; it makes things easier, labeling a group of individuals in this bust is certainly the case. Me myself I lived in Los Angeles my whole side to side with Armenians, and they are one of the most caring people one can associate with. Yeah there your tuff guys, but there are tuff guys in every nationality and every race, especially us Los Angelenos. It’s just funny how over dramatic this article is, obviously scaring people was one of the goals of the writer. Good job cocksucker!

  12. frikkin cocksucking government….russian jews started dis shit….governent fucksssss u over everyday and it all gets covered of what about the millions and bilions america stole from ur childrens college funds? man fuckkkk eveerybody who hates on this bullshit cuz ALLL you muthafucka niggas whites porch monkeys are alllll fuckin immigrants to dis country….and why are you hating if someone drives a bently and lives in an aprtment? IF YOU CAN DO IT YOU WOULD TOO….and if u cud drive a benz and beamer and live in ur one bedroom shithole you would too….im not supporting anything…jus get ur shit straight and focus on more of whats really happening in the world instead of using lil schemes like this to distract da world of dicks frm da government eating 10 times more….nice scheme muthafuckas….AP da older guys isnt armenian power 13 wtf its armenian protection for all u beaneres and niggers tryna rape armenian women when dey first came to america….AMERICA..suck a phat one

  13. Ay this is for all the Armenians who r hating the hommies from AP. Actually it’s Armenians like you people that dnt got our back gives us bad name . I never would want any of those Armenians who r hating to end up in prison in California , but if u do or someone u know does , you will then See that Armenian Power is the reason u survive in their . AP is the reason you will get a nice fuck in bed , AP is the reason that bitch ass Armenians dnt have it that hard in prison or county jail . All u fuckin lame ass’s that immegrated to the states after 2002 or 2000 you would know shit but at least shut the fuck off, cuz in the years of 1989 to 1999 ( until now) AP members would n have gave their lives to protect our younger sisters n brothers . School wasn’t easy to attend to when we were 20 against 2000 others . So shut your Ricky faces n prey n support for the Hommies. They are no danger to our community . White people have the Ricky KKK, white people r known to rape 10 year old girls. White people r the most famous in killing their baby’s or the kids kill the fuckn parents , white people have members off sum shit that ain’t labeled like our AP . Their is no gangs in Ca. We r tribes that r tryin to survive . It’s the white people who has a feir when they see 2 or more guys chilling n automatically labels them Gang .

  14. Hey Gagoo, I love you and all the pride you represent. But let me just add my point of view on all this political crap. If it wasnt for Pres. Bush fucking up our economy to begin with, then people regardless of race, wouldn’t be looking for a way to survive. As far as all you racist haters out their, hating on Armenians for living the life you only dream of. well keep on wondering cause we will ALWAYS be one step ahead of you because we are smarter in every way and we have one thing you will never have, PRIDE!!!! And for all the stupid armenians who all of sudden think they are white, well i hate to break it to you… YOUR NOT! your still a big nose hairy armenian, regardless or your nose job or laser hair removal you probably got done.., so get some back bone and stand up for your people stupid ass.

  15. All those criminals r on bail. And d inesent once r locked up. This is justice?

  16. fuck ya armenian fuckin la up thats write homie du ur thang ,,,shith im deported from la 7 years ago,….did ma time served ma time and fucked la up ,,,,keep ur head up homiessss fuck america USA UNITED STATES OF ARMENIA one day it will be just like that fuck america and take over america,,,and to all the haters fuck ur famillyyyyyyyyyyysssssssssssssssssss

  17. atleast the homiess dont go around raping kids like the white man or smoking crack and killing kids,,,,armenian fuck the system and the people the system is in enough in money ,,,we fuck cash not kids,,,,,fuck the white and the mexicanx,,,,,,,armenian on riseee fuck the rest

  18. Yah dats rite bitchs hate on us wen yur in trouble what do u say huh im gna call my cuzins frm AP on you…now dat AP is in jail for fraud yall hatin and shit sayin were emberessed well fuk all yall AP aint never done shit to u besides help yur sorry ass…da government fuks u over everysecond and what AP did is fuk em bak…how many of u get a $1500 doller check and da government taxes yur ass for $500 so when AP dose it just consider it as a heyy yall robbin me were robbin u fuk all u haters if yall so ashamed den say yur a turk or sumthing wen sumone asks

  19. WELL BELIEVE ME I AINT NO FUCKEN ARMENIAN HATER THATS FOR SURE PROUD TO BE ASSYRIAN. SO I HAVE BEEN READING MANY OF THESE POST’S AND ALL THESE FUCKIN LAMES SAYING WE ARE HATERS FIRST OF ALL MAJORITY OF ARMENIANS ARE FRAUD LIKE A MOTHER FUCKER AND EVERY ONE IS ON TO U GUYS AND NO ONE IS AFRAID OF U GUYS ACTUALLY PEOPLE CLOWN ARMENIAN GANGSTERS AND DON’T EVEN SAY OTHER WISE CUZ MOST OF YOU TALK SHIT ABOUT EVERY OTHER RACE AND THINK U GUYS ARE SUPERIOR BUT U ARE NOT AND ABOUT BEING THE SMARTEST PEOPLE I DON’T THINK SO THERE IS SMART IN MANY DIFFERENT RACES MAJORITY OF ARMENIANS LOOK DOWN ON ALL RACES I DON’T KNOW WHY TAKE LOOK IN THE MIRROR PEOPLE. ACCIDENT CASES , CREDIT CARD CARD CASES AND NO THEY DID NOT MAKE THIS WORLD RICHER IF ANYTHING U GUYS FUCKED IT UP FOR THE REAL HARD- WORKING PEOPLE.LIKE E-40 SAYS DON’T GO BUY A 80,000 $ CAR WHEN U AINT EVEN GOT A HOUSE. I LIVE IN A APARTMENT WITH PURE ARMENIANS AND THE MANAGER IS ARMENIAN AND ALL THE ARMENIAN TENANTS DO WHATEVER THEY WANT BUT AS SOON AS WE DO SOMETHING THEY COMPLAIN LIKE BITCHES. MY HUSBAND IS HISPANIC HE CAN’T STAND A MAJORITY OF THEN THERE ARE SOME WHO ARE COOL BUT LIKE I SAID THEY DON’T GIVE ANYONE A CHANCE TO LIKE THEM CUZ THEY ARE SO RACIST AND CRUEL AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT DO NOT DESERVE TO BE RESPECTED…..

  20. SORRY AIN’T NO ONE CALLING AP FOR HELP. THAT SHIT IS FUNNY I WILL CALL MY MAN AND HIS HOMIES… IF I NEED TO AND US ASSYRIANS GOT FUCKED WITH , BLACKS GOT FUCKED WITH SO DID MANY OTHER RACES TO BUT DO U SEE US DEMANDING OBAMA TO RECOGNIZE US ALL U GUYS WANT IS MONEY WE GOT MORE RESPECT THAN THAT… THERE IS MORE IMPORTANT SHIT GOING ON IN THE WORLD….GET A FUCKEN CLUE JACK ASS….

  21. hey ( N) whoever you’re , if you’re ashamed to be Armenian so you’re bad boy, punk you can suck my dick, pussy ass mothefucker

  22. You do not know that you check. It is many and you will not blast our organization! We will help our brothers from europe with (from) USA AP13. That we it not kill intensify. Let’s it lives AP13!
    Fuck POlice!

  23. Armenian power forewr … 13

  24. armenians are one of the proudest ethnic groups on this planet… as they should be.

    along with greeks & assyrians, they were the starters of civilization in mesopotamia and armenia was the first christian nation in the world.

    this group of hoodlums don’t even represent 1% of the armenian population.

    armenians, continue to be proud of all of our accomplishments and our rich culture & history.

    everyone else: remember that their are a few people who embarrass every ethnic group.

    world peace.

  25. armenians are one of the proudest ethnic groups on this planet… as they should be.
    ——
    along with greeks & assyrians, they were the starters of civilization in mesopotamia and armenia was the first christian nation in the world.
    this group of hoodlums don’t even represent 1% of the armenian population.
    ——
    armenians, continue to be proud of all of our accomplishments and our rich culture & history.
    ——
    everyone else: remember that there are a few people who embarrass every ethnic group.
    world peace.

  26. amota hazar amot inch kmtacen mer masin zato arten vor yan kam ian tesnum
    en chen el uzum mer het arncven vorovhetev kartzum en te bolor hayere nun
    en yete kareli a mi kitch mer azgi pative bartser paheq vor gone ayse otar aperum otarutian mej aprelov camachenq ayle antakarake otarutian mej usaum hpartananq ev metc pativ zganq aselov vor menq hay enc u shat metce
    hin patmutyun unenc darerits yekats

  27. so let me get this straight: when italians form gangs, we make a multimillion dollar HBO series about them, and everyone wants to act like them. when it’s non-italians, they are scum. is that the jist of american ‘organized crime fighting’?

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