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  1. Jackie Artese From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Giacomo John Artese (known as Jackie) (born March 16, 1981) is believed to be a member of the Colombo crime family. He is a self-proclaimed tycoon within the pornographic industry, engineered through his "Jackie Candy" on and off-screen persona. This same blue collar celebrity status has reportedly created a rift between Artese and esteemed figures within the Colombo crime family, possibly motivating Jackie's relocation to Los Santos. Early life Giacomo John Artese was born on March 16, 1981 in a small house on Forest Parkway in the borough of Queens, New York City. A stone's throw from Ozone Park, Artese and his neighborhood friends would frequently socialize with the borough's growing Gambino family presence. Despite being born to relatively financially stable, unassuming parents, Artese began to associate with known New York underworld figures in his native borough at a young age. Artese and his fiancé at the time, Vivian Serino, welcomed their son Michael Artese in 2001. A year later, Vivian Serino died due to bowel complications. To make ends meet, Artese would premier in Queens' hottest dive bars as "male talent" whilst simeltaneously scheming with Gambino affiliates. Pornography After a stint partnering with young Gambino associates from Queens, Jackie would eventually strike up a consistent street working relationship with Colombo crime family soldier Joseph Cattaneo. Through Joseph Cattaneo, Jackie would go on to meet Rudy DeFeo, a Colombo crime family soldier and one of New York's leading men within the adult entertainment industry. Artese was groomed into the industry and adopted the alias "Jackie Candy". The charismatic and boisterous Jackie began to build a reputation among his Colombo friends and inevitably started to dip into organized crime. Artese was rumored to heavily involve himself in Brooklyn's illegal pornogrophy scene in the early 2000s. It is believed the adult entertainment industry's popularity boon as well as the widespread increase in camera and video streaming availability severely damaged the demand for illegal pornographic content. Miami, Florida Artese relocated to Miami, Florida and began investing in legitimate adult studios, even producing a string of low budget movies himself from 2006-2009. Jackie's rise to pornographic stardom was met with distaste by Caporegime Patrick Alifante who deemed Artese's growing blue collar celebritiy as "unethical". Artese's involvement in drug distribrution whilst maintaining a growing public persona, all while affiliating with the Colombo crime family eventually lead to what could have been an attempt on Artese's life. However, Colombo heavyweight Dominic Montemarano, a Caporegime, put an arm around Jackie and steered him away from the naysayers that lingered behind him. The pair struck up a fruitful partnership, and Jackie was the student. In 2010, he was arrested following an altercation with Miami-based freelance adult film director Thomas Quinn. The assault charges in the Quinn case were subsequently dropped, however Artese was convicted on a petty larceny claim and spent 7 months in prison. Jackie Artese welcomed two daughters in the early-mid 2010's, Chloe and Priscilla Artese. The two children are to separate mothers who are prominent figures within the adult entertainment industry. Montemarano Ties In the early-2010s, Artese was introduced to Colombo heavyweight Dominic Montemarano. Montemarano was a caporegime in charge of a skeleton crew on the West Coast which rose to greater prominence in the 2010. Montemarano’s growing influence over the Vinewood pornography industry attracted Artese to a partnership. However, Montemarano’s death in January 2021 resulted in a decline of business. Artese has since resumed ties with Angelo Sisca—a former Colombo soldier under Montemarano—in a bid to rekindle a hold of the industry. Credits go to @The Dirty Duke & @Apa.
  2. This thread will portray the character development of Michalis Leventis, a member of the Dabizas Crime Family.
  3. This thread will serve as Harold Lino development thread, I'll be posting day-to-day activities of my character so enjoy the show!
  4. The Seoul Family Gang or Seoul Money Gang (SMG) Boyz is one of the newer Asian cliques to come out of the Little Seoul neighborhood. It's primarily made up of those with Chinese and Vietnamese backgrounds with a smaller Korean and Japanese presence. It's rumored to have began in the mid-2010s: teenagers that attended the local high schools first running as the Vespucci Boyz before later transitioning into the Seoul Family Gang in 2019 as they began to gain in numbers and criminal consciousness. The clique has almost never prioritized gang banging as much as they have financial gain. Like many other Little Seoul street gangs with Asian backgrounds, they don't claim a single street: they consider the entire neighborhood their domain. Investigators claim that the Seoul Family Gang are partially to blame for the influx of narcotics and violence in the Little Seoul neighborhood. Additionally, a shooting was documented on December 15, 2021, where a woman was left in critical condition on Ginger Street outside of the Sunset Apartments building. Locals were unwilling to speak on the matter but an unnamed passerby claimed that the incident happened over a fist fight that transitioned into an attempted stabbing. Rumor has it that this violent act was an attempt at self-gentrification. The Los Santos Police Department have yet to make an arrest but bear suspicion on the outfit. We aim to portray a realistic Asian American gang operating in the Little Seoul area. While it's implied that the majority of the gang are Chinese and Vietnamese, we accept all East Asian characters. Newcomers should create their character somewhere between their mid-teens and early twenties. The goal of the group is to enrich and break the current norms of Asian American roleplay in the server. It is therefore heavily development-oriented and aims to capture the true essence of Asian Americans by veering away from the heavily sterilized take that the scene has been hindered by. With this said, we do not want run-of-the-mill gangbangers. We hope to incorporate a wide cast of characters: whether it may be loosely affiliated friends and girlfriends or, ultimately, hardened criminals serving time behind bars. Feel free to check us out and ask questions: https://discord.gg/qEk6hucBWd
  5. Crystal Empire on the rise The number of domestic lab incidents is increasing at a significant rate in the United States, with the largest increases in the South and Midwest. In March 2009, there were 966 meth lab incidents nationwide, compared to 756 incidents in March 2008 and 596 incidents in March 2007. In the South, meth lab incidents for Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida show an increase of 254% from 63 in March 2007 to 223 in March 2009. Methamphetamine labs cost State and local governments significant tax dollars and other resources that could be better spent elsewhere. A study conducted by the independent Rand Corporation in 2009, based on data from 2005, estimated the economic cost to society of methamphetamine use at between $16.2 billion and $48.3 billion. The study found that most of the expenses due to meth use are a result of the “intangible burden that addiction places on dependent users and their premature mortality and from crime and criminal justice costs.” Meth Lab Incidents Nationwide in 2009 Meth use and meth labs also cause injuries or death to children and public service officials. Environmentally toxic dump sites created by meth labs deflate property values and overwhelm medical services, often as a result of uninsured individuals seeking medical help. There are many ingredients used to make methamphetamine, most of which are easily available. One essential ingredient, used by both large and small-scale labs, is pseudoephedrine, found in many cold medications. In 2005, Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA), which required that pseudoephedrine (PSE), ephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine5 be placed “behind the counter” and that transaction logs account for sales of these substances from retail outlets. Ephedrine and PSE are precursor chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine. Number of Labs Increasing Despite passage of the CMEA, the number of domestic clandestine meth labs has recently been increasing. Traffickers have adapted to the CMEA and found ways to circumvent the retail sales provisions of the law. Because the CMEA had no provision requiring log books to be electronically connected, traffickers began sending multiple individuals to several retail outlets throughout the day to make single purchases up to the daily limit. This process, known to law enforcement as “smurfing,” allows criminal groups to obtain large quantities of PSE for methamphetamine manufacturing. Smurfers can purchase multiple packs of PSE for between $7 and $10, then sell the products to lab operators for up to $50 per package. As with many drugs, there are regional variations in the prevalence of methamphetamine manufacture, distribution, and abuse. Data from the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program show that the percentage of arrestees testing positive for meth is highest in the western region of the country. And San Andreas has experienced an increase in “super” labs in recent years, from 10 in 2020 to 15 in 2021 and 17 in 2022. On Feb. 22, 2021, state and local law enforcement agencies got a scary message from the feds: The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) could no longer pay to clean up methamphetamine labs, which had risen to near-record levels in recent years. By that time, most jurisdictions had already written their budgets, which didn’t include picking up the federal government’s tab for cleaning up meth labs. The feds’ money, however -- roughly $10 million under the Community Oriented Policing Services program -- had ran out just halfway through the fiscal year. “To say that it opened up Pandora’s box is an understatement,” says Tommy Farmer, director of the San Andreas Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force, which had the nation’s highest number of meth lab seizures in 2021. “All of a sudden, the state and local agencies were faced with this bill. We didn’t know what to do.” Skyrocketing Use These organizations have also diversified their precursor chemical use, shifting among suppliers and chemicals to keep authorities off balance. The criminal groups produce most of the methamphetamine using what is known as phenyl-2-propanone, or P2P. There are two main methods to produce P2P, and the criminal groups have oscillated between them, investigators say. It’s also unclear where these groups are getting the chemicals to make P2P. The most recent seizure data from 2018 from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) cited China as the source of some of the largest recent seizures of precursors, and Mexico as the place where the largest seizures took place. The DEA's 2020 Drug Threat Assessment also cited China and India as sources for precursors, but counterdrug officials contacted by InSight Crime said the chemicals were coming from many other places as well, including Germany. The explosion of methamphetamine also appears to be another marketing triumph for the criminal groups, which seem to be learning from other experiments with drugs such as fentanyl. The potent synthetic opioid is regularly camouflaged in fake OxyContin, Xanax or Percocet pills. The pills are a softer entry point for users, who prefer the prescription drugs and are unaware they are even taking fentanyl. The deception plays a role in skyrocketing use of the drug, as well as startling number of overdoses it causes. But methamphetamine is catching up. In 2019, the last year for which there is data, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) chronicled 16,167 methamphetamine overdose deaths -- up from the 3,627 overdoses related to the drug in 2013. Adderall is used in the United States to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but is widely abused. Often referred to as “the study buddy,” as many as five million people take Adderall annually without a prescription, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The potential for growth, in other words, is huge. Indeed, the criminal groups marketing methamphetamine appear to be tapping into numerous markets, including the opioid market, and using the same well-established distribution networks to deliver their goods, counterdrug agents say.
  6. "A crew is a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization fueled by common traits or interests." In late 2021, F. P., the leader of the well known Cypress Flats Crew, left off to Miami struggling to keep his family together. Most of the quondam members of the crew have left town as well or are currently not participating in any criminal activities. Soon after F.'s and the former crew members' sudden leave, the remaining members of the group were merged into another crew to steer clear of going completely extinct and started operating based out of a jewelry shop. J. Savino and B. Ruggieri have begun to claw back their group to it's former glory, no longer simply under the umbrella of Cypress but something new, the hypothetical Savino Crew. After the merge J. Savino and B. Ruggieri has established connections to the members of the Jewish, Japanese and Spanish underworld of Los Santos. Arms-running, car theft, drug dealing, strong-arm and homicides became the main focuses of the group. OOC: The goal of the topic is to represent the fall and the rise of the members of the one-time notorious Cypress Flats Crew. The showcased characters are known associates of the Martorano Organized Crime Group. It is not a standalone crew. It's supposed to showcase the life of the ex-Cypress members after the merge. Complaints, suggestions or questions should be directed either to @notoriusdancso or @Blince via DMs.
  7. This thread will follow the development of "Javier Santiago", a dishonorably discharged marine who is finding his way into the life of organized crime.
  8. Early LifeVladimir Dimitrovich Bodrug was born in Tiraspol, Transnistria on April 24, 1997 into a mixed Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian family headed by parents Dimitrie and Natalia Bodrug (nee Ciobanu). Vladimir was raised as an only child in Tiraspol by his small family; he was brought up in the Borodinka neighborhood that rests along the Dnister River. Both his parents were workers who provided for their family; Dimitrie, also a twice-wounded Transnistria War veteran, was a factory worker at the October Industrial Unit. Natalie was a primary school teacher. Life at home was fairly normal for the Bodrug family, with arguments and fights kept to a minimum, and abuse being totally absent. From 2003, at age 6, Vladimir traveled to Russia over the years with his parents when their financial situation was permitting. He visited relatives who lived in Moscow and St Petersburg, with most of them being guest workers in Russia at the time.Vladimir attended School №17 in Borodinka, graduating with honors in 2014, aged 17. While attending secondary school, Vladimir's father died from liver cancer that was caused by prolonged exposure to industrial chemicals. This exposure took place during his 20 year long career in Tiraspol's manufacturing. Following his secondary graduation, Vladimir took up a series of jobs in the service industry. These jobs included working as a supermarket cashier and fast food cook. Quality of life for Bodrug family considerably fell after his father's passing, as he had the most lucrative job with the greatest benefits. Fearful of falling further into poverty, Vladimir became criminally involved in Borodinka while working legitimate jobs. He participated in a series of petty petty thefts over several months, led by his old friends. The money earned from these activities were spent on groceries and bills for the utilities and cable television at home. Vladimir was never apprehended for his criminal activities. Military serviceFrom 2015 - 2016, Vladimir was a conscripted soldier in the 4th Motorized Infantry Brigade. He completed his basic and Infantry School training in Tiraspol and Bender, respectively. Halfway through his service, he voluntarily transferred to the Intelligence Company after receiving a Commissioned Officer's recommendation. He spent the remainder of his service training and serving in Tiraspol, where he experienced a white collar working environment. Vladimir's performance during training and at his units afterward were rated as being "Above Average to High" by his superiors, up to the JR Officer level. He had minimal conflicts with his peers and was never charged with any service offenses. He was honorably released from the Transnistrian Militia with the rank of Corporal.Later activitiesFollowing his military discharge, Vladimir made arrangements to emigrate to the United States on a permanent basis. He acquired Green Card family sponsorship from his uncle, Mircea Bodrug, who had resided in Brooklyn, NY for 15 years and who had since acquired U.S. Citizenship. In the meantime, Vladimir traveled to Russia for employment and education. While lawfully residing in Moscow with student permits, he attended the Polytechnic College № 47 in the Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo District, he lived with his cousin, and uncle Mircea's son, Ivan Bodrug who had criminal ties to local drug gangs. Vladimir's own progress through his education was hampered by his cousin's criminality. This happened because Ivan was consuming drugs such as marijuana, magic mushrooms and cocaine inside of their shared apartment. Additionally, other drug dealers and even prostitutes would visit the residence for social gatherings and parties that Ivan hosted.After just a year of combined studies and employment as an apprentice mechanic in Moscow, Vladimir aborted his schooling due to the instability at home. During this process, Vladimir and his cousin Ivan had a massive falling-out and went no-contact with each other. Bodrug returned to Tiraspol in 2018. He attempted to find work as an automotive mechanic, but found little success. He was eventually hired on as an automotive assistant, with his employer assuring him that he'd receive educational accreditation for his work at the vehicle body shop. However, this turned out to be false and his employer lied to him. He was laid off after just three months of employment, having been terminated after the probationary period ended. Bodrug was then forced to live back at his mother's house while unemployed, living off of her comparatively low wages as a school teacher. Living at home caused great embarrassment and shame for Vladimir, and for the first ever time, he and his mother started arguing and fighting within the home.Recent immigrant in the United StatesVladimir emigrated to the United States in 2019 directly from Tiraspol. He settled in Brooklyn, NY and began working with his uncle, Mircea Bodrug. Tensions between the uncle and nephew were very strong from the start, with Mircea having suspicions about Vladimir's time in Moscow. Mircea always denied that his nephew was a drug addicted criminal, and falsely accused Vladimir of being lazy and lacking the motivation to succeed at schools. Regardless of the daily arguments and fights between the two, Vladimir was gainfully employed at his uncle's little construction company. He worked a regular 9 - 5 job while earning $20.00 USD an hour. While smartly saving his own earnings, his uncle Mircea was contrasted by his gambling addiction. This addiction led to him being heavily indebted to Russian criminals from Brighton Beach. Vladimir's family connection in Brooklyn, NY was cut after his uncle accused him of stealing from the business. His uncle Mircea claimed that his store's recorded earnings didn't match up with what money he physically had inside the business. His other employee, an American local from Borough Park, backed him up by claiming that he personally witnessed Vladimir steal money . Vladimir countered by saying that his uncle's gambling addiction, and problems with Mafia-affiliated loan sharks, is what caused the financial losses. This fighting went on for weeks before Bodrug's uncle fired him and banished him from the company, and in addition, kicked him out of their shared house in Brighton Beach. This left Bodrug alone and by himself in the streets of Brooklyn.Move to Los Santos and involvement with organized crimeVladimir resorted to working construction around Brooklyn while living with friends throughout 2020. His employment was stable but his living conditions were not, as most of these friends suffered from drug and alcohol problems. He lived in the disreputable areas of Brighton Beach that were most infamous for Russian Mafia activity. It was here that he first experienced American urban poverty, which motivated him to migrate elsewhere for better opportunities. Towards the end of 2020, he had finalized his plans to move across the United States and to Los Santos. He used the majority of his life's savings for the move, and even had to borrow money from overseas family in Transnistria to cover some of the costs.Bodrug arrived in Los Santos, SA in 2020 and has lived and worked in the city ever since. His jobs have included work as a taxicab driver and he has gotten involved with the criminal underworld as a way to keep himself off of the streets.
  9. The thread will follow Michael's development. Michael is a young Italian-American in his mid 20's and he was born in Los Santos. His father died when he was in early teens, his mother was sick and she could not work. So, as every good kid, he started working to survive with his mother. She would tear up every time he'd bring money home. He felt happy to be able to help his mother, two years later, his mom passed away and he was left alone. He felt very sad for the few weeks but he could not change the fact that they died. He's living alone and he is working different types of jobs to earn money. Michael Calabrese in 2019, three days before his birthday:
  10. KC..


    Firstname: Killian Surname: Duffy Alias: Kian, Duff, Irish, Flipper D.O.B: 19-MAR-1991 P.O.B: Los Santos, San Andreas Affiliations: Magellan Avenue Crew (Connected) & North End Boys (Founder) Relations: Lulu Herrera, Eugene Duffy, John Faro, Larry Castellucci, Eugene Goretti, Robert Gatto, Shane Maguire
  11. (The content seen below and throughout is not to be taken into in character aknowledgement and conversation. It is solely a thread to provide context as well as media that depicts the development of James Provenzano's character). James (Jimmy) Provenzano Jr. (born September 10th, 19950) is an inducted member of the Martorano crime family. He was arrested and charged with racketeering on April 18. Personal life Born in San Diego, James was raised in a household that preserved its native culture despite the fact that both his parents (Maria & James Sr. Provenzano) were second generation. James’ family celebrated the culture within San Diego’s Little Italy and held tightly to it, within everyday life and yearly events such as the Little Italy Festa held in October. James Sr. was a part of the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, an organisation that was responsible for maintaining low crime rates as well as looking after trash collection, special events, and community outreach. As well as this, his father ran a small salon business and his mother was an employee of said business. James Jr’s grandparents were popular among the farmers markets within Little Italy for their seafood. The Italian family and culture was very well embedded into James Jr’s upbringing, engulfed within the gentrified neighborhood. From a young age, James played soccer competitively, participating in the local soccer leagues hosted by the US Youth Soccer National League. An out-right box-to-box midfielder, James was scouted in his early teens and moved up to the Golden Valley League during his tenure through middle & high school. The future was bright for the young, talented athlete who was making waves within the community for his engine that he brought to the field; plenty of stamina to give alongside a killer eye for a deadly pass behind the defense. After the passing of James Jr’s father in 2006 he became a social recluse and opted to take care of his grieving mother. Provenzano Jr. began to resent Maria years on from Provenzano Sr.'s death which motivated him to leave his family home. Death of James Provenzano Sr. On a winter’s night in 2006, James Sr. Provenzano drowned unexpectedly at approximately 12:30 in the morning, swallowed up by the aggressive winter current on the Sweetwater channel whilst under the influence of alcohol. His body was recovered two weeks later after an investigation launched for the well-known James Sr. among his community. Mourning began within Little Italy, a minute’s silence was held among the mercato. The death of her husband left Maria severely devastated, and she struggled to recover. Los Santos early years James revisited soccer years after his father's passing. James reached out to previous coaches and teachers and requested letters of recommendation to ULSA so that he could enroll on a scholarship program. The University of San Andreas, Los Santos, accepted James Jr. Provenzano for a grad coach scholarship program. Thus, James moved into the campus of ULSA and pursued a career in traditional sports coaching, specifically in soccer. Two years into his studies, James became a product of the college culture that at the time surrounded ecstasy escapades and other class A drugs. James was caught dealing an eighth of cocaine to a neighboring student in their dorm hall. The mishap was caught on camera after suspicions had arisen due James’ lack of aptitude. After two years at ULSA, James dropped out. He began couch surfing shortly after his depature from ULSA, brushing shoulders with criminally minded individuals. Eager to maintain a champagne lifestyle with lemonade money, James worked casual labor jobs involving but not limited to: forklift driving, heavy machinery operation, construction, delivery driver etc. All whilst cliquing up with some of Los Santos' amateur underworld figures. At 22 years old James connected with a Chinese-American drug dealer named Kingsley Chiu and began couriering drugs into San Fierro for Kingsley’s crew, who had tight-knit relations with the Wo On Lok, or Water Room Gang, a notorious Triad. Feeling the heat, Kingsley Chiu slowed down operations, which inevitably left James out of pocket. The Martorano crime family Associate James Provenzano linked with Ralph Sciandra, a known affiliate of the Martorano crime family. The pair, alongside Frank Ida, formed a formidable partnership that began to make waves in Vinewood's show business. An ESPN contracted, pay-per-view, mixed martial arts event held at The Rockford Dome under Ralph Sciandra was a monumental success and inevitably catapulted the trio into Vinewood's circle of nightlife tycoons. This later encouraged James Provenzano to muscle his way into a business lease for the popular nightclub Tequi-La-La. James Provenzano and Frank Ida masterminded a complex credit card fraud scheme that takes in an estimated $40,000 per week. The scheme involves purchasing gas using fraudulant information, obtained and administered by Melody Hadley, Frank Ida's girlfriend. Becoming more and more integrated within the ranks of the Martorano crime family, James Provenzano began to commit and act as an acomplice on a series of murders. Ralph Nedra, a known associate of Nathaniel Agro was shot and killed in James Provenzano's home by Provenznao himself. Domenick Cessaro was murdered by Nathaniel Agro in Provenzano's vehicle and thereafter took part in the burial. Victoria Miller, LSNN reporter, was pronounced missing on March 16. Provenzano was an accomplice to Miller's murder. During the tensions within Vinewood between the Martorano crime family and a Eurasian organized crime group, Provenzano murdered two Armenian associates. Club Malibu, one of Los Santos' most renown nightclub was burnt down in an arson attack headed by James Provenzano, understandably in relation to the war in Vinewood between several illegal outfits. Made Man James Provenzano was inducted into the Martorano family per Ralph Sciandra's recommendation. Shortly after Provenzano's initiation, he was arrested and charged for racketeering and involvement in organized crime.
  12. This topic follows Jason Gauldoni, a 3rd generation 26 year old Italian-American. Jason Gualdoni was born on June 14th, 1995 at Los Santos Medical Center. During his childhood, his mother struggled as an alcoholic single parent. This led Jason to fall into the world of crime from a young age. Throughout high school, he'd do anything to make a quick buck that didn't involve physical labor, which often got him in trouble. He and his best friend, Richard Morra, were often seen selling cigarettes and lottery tickets during school lunch. Those were his first steps into the organized crime world. After graduation, Jason and Richard continued to branch out of their comfort zone more and more. They both dreamed of making it big, so from then on, they both vowed to one day make it. From breaking into cars to selling drugs. Whether it was to prove something to someone or just to make money. Eventually, Jason was caught with narcotics and was sentenced to a year in jail. There he met Mark Romano, which after getting out of jail, opened Jason up to more opportunities. (( The main goal of this thread OOCly is to keep track of Jason's character arc. A personally character thread is much more efficient as it adds context to the actual character in question rather than having to search for it in the faction pages. I will continue to post on the Conti Crime Family faction thread, but anything related to character development will also be posted here. ))
  13. The following will showcase the development of Ezra Bardin and his assimilation into organized crime in Los Santos.
  14. "If it's the last thing that I gotta do, if it's the last point that I gotta prove, to my fuckin squad I'ma keep it true and represent the gang till I'm restin in a tomb" - Young Dopey Left to right; Florencia Echegoyen, 2015 @ Decker Park before MS13 RICO indictment ~ Florencia Echegoyen, 2020 @ Lindsay Park after release from Bollingbroke State Pen BACKSTORY: Florencia Echegoyen a/k/a La Greñas was a W/S Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member, originally born into a mid-end family in West Los Santos; a couple of them being affiliated to the W/S Mara Salvatrucha 13 themselves. Florencia Echegoyen was a good girl up until she was 14, when she was placed under the observacione role within W/S Mara Salvatrucha 13; meaning she was being observed for membership status. She became a chequeo at the age of 15, ironically being the same year that the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Los Santos Police Department RICO indicted countless W/S Mara Salvatrucha 13 affiliates, her being one of them. She was sent to a juvenile detention center where she was officially inducted as a member of the transnational criminal organization at 16 years old by other young affiliates, and was given a 13 second beatdown to get jumped into the gang; in private away from juvenile security. At the age of 15; Florencia Echegoyen and several other Mareras jumped a rival female gang member from Drifters 13, where it resulted in Florencia Echegoyen hanging the rival female with a rope; essentially lynching her. This is where Florencia Echegoyen's street name; La Greñas comes into play, since it translates to "Tangle", and the rope tangled multiple times during the lynching; Florencia Echegoyen's homegirls nicknamed her La Greñas. Once Florencia Echegoyen hit 18 years old, she was officially transferred to the women's facility of Bollingbroke State Penitentiary where she served a remaining 17 months before being released back into the general population. Once released back into the public, she spent roughly two years in the W/S Mara Salvatrucha doing countless things to keep ship afloat, until Gabriella "Feisty" Delgado was released after being made keyholder of MS in the state of San Andreas. Once "Feisty" Delgado became the acting keyholder, just before her reigns came to an end she gave Florencia the go ahead to walk away from the W/S Mara Salvatrucha. After walking away from MS13, Florencia got deeper into the underworld of Organized Crime instead of going legit. In her mind, getting away from MS13, and removing the tattoos; were only going to help her go far in the underworld. Due to being a woman in a man's world, her Mexican uncle from the Badiraguato region of Sinaloa helped line up a connection for her to get in touch with some people, and directed her to the most infamous street crew under the Border Brothers 22 in San Andreas; Blood Money Inc. Anything used in character from this thread will be reported, as it'll be considered metagaming. Everything on this thread, pictures and backstory are for the aesthetic and vibe and also to give people a short little insight to Florencia Echegoyen's life.
  15. This will showcase the development of John Bellanti, an Italian-American 35-year-old male, connected with the small-time Alberici Crime Family from New York. ( Picture taken: Early 2000's. ) (( The character thread/story will be updated once in a while due to events that's been taking place In-Character )) Short background story about J.B: John Bellanti is an Italian-American 35-year old from Bronx, New York City. He grew up in Little Italy with his mother and father under the mob's heydeys. John was heavily inspired by the mob in his teenage years. He was interested in studying law but at the same time, he was stealing, scamming, and robbing. This behavior started to become like an addiction. John was great in school but he was hanging out with the wrong people, for too long. He quickly saw through his teenage years that making money illegally was the easiest income. Through the years he's learned how to make money in stealing and selling vehicles, such as cars and bicycles. He's learned different scamming schemes and he's got a few robberies on his hands. John was slowly working his way up in the underworld, in the same neighborhood he grew up in. John involved himself with similar people to him, eventually ending up working for a notorious organized crime group in Bronx, New York. The years passed and John Bellanti was a part of this crime group, Patriello's Crew, who were a sub-crew of the small-time Alberici Crime Family, as an associate. He spent time in jail a couple of times and eventually ended up with a prison sentence. After John's release from prison, he was inducted into the official crime family as a made man. He had his own crew going with associates Anthony Fiumara and Salvatore Giugliano and a couple of others. John Bellanti was at this time working part-time with Waste Management and part-time Construction, at the same time having this huge headache running his own crew, causing organized crime around New York. Work Background: John finished school with high school education and got a job within the fish market. He worked at the fish market for almost 2 years until he got himself a job in the Waste Management industry, part-time. John Bellanti was working part-time with Waste Management driving their trucks and picking up trash, and part-time studying Law. John eventually dropped out of Law school and got into the Construction industry with the help of his father's union connections. Now, J.B was working in both Construction and Waste Management. Moving to Los Santos: A couple of years later, John and his childhood friends and associates of his crew, Salvatore Giugliano and Anthony Fiumara gets a call from his supposedly at that time: Boss, to move to Los Santos for a fresh start. The small-time Alberici Crime Family’s streetboss needed a crew set up in Los Santos under John Bellanti's command, to expand their organized crimes across the country. They leave their lives behind in New York and moves within a couple of months. To this day, John Bellanti, Anthony Fiumara and Salvatore Giugliano are all within the construction business full-time, having schemes and illegal organized incomes on the side, trying to make a name for themselves and expand Alberici’s Crime Network around Los Santos under John Bellanti’s commands, being bumped up to a Captain within the Family. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  16. [Vincent Bernardini, 2018.] Vincent Bernardini, moved to New Jersey at the age of 3, after his family was granted a Visa for the US. His dad was an accountant and his mother a kindergarten teacher. Vincent was a gifted kid, his school grades were always high, and just at a young age everyone expected from him to be a successful businessman. All started going south after Vincent's dad passed away on the day of his high school graduation, Vincent had to leave his dream of pursuing a Bachelors degree, and get any kind of job just to help out the family. He started doing any job a young man at his age was able to do, just so a two years later he finally got a steady job as a store clerk. After five years of working at the store, he expected to get a promotion and thus get a better pay, but the manager refused to do so, which lead to a major argument and Vincent being fired. He started looking for a job again, but to no avail as his old boss started spreading rumors around the city that he shouldn't be hired at any cost because he is a lazy worker, and has no respect for others. After Vincent heard about the rumors his old boss started to spread, he immediately decided to respond to the rumors and start at the source of it, by assaulting his boss on a parking lot as he was leaving the job at night. After a few days of investigations and evidence gathering, Bernardini was arrested on second degree assault charges, with a fine of 5,000$ and 8 months of jail time. Life in prison changed Vincent forever, he was fascinated by the stories of his inmates, living on the other side of the law. While locked up, he learned a thing or two from prison, as he was making himself ready for a new chapter of his life, learning from their mistakes. He moved to Los Santos after he got released, in order to see if the wisdom he gathered in prison would be enough to lead his new way of life.
  17. Clinton Avenue in North Vinewood is home to a large Italian-American community and as a result, is home to prime breeding grounds for the American mafia with direct ties to the Conti Crime Family. As a result of the large number of Italian-American households in the area, it has and continues to provide the Conti Crime Family with a very strong pool of individuals to look at for recruitment. From struggling fathers, college students, and local kids who can easily be groomed for a life of crime. The North Vinewood Gang is a group of locals who have grown up and experiences organized crime for hand for more than 15 years. The local kids aren't seen a burden but as an opportunity. They'd make an easy $20 just for showing face on Clinton Avenue. Run an errand? Here's a couple of bucks. Smash a window, wash a car, anything was a few bucks here and there for these local kids. Simple, easy money.. Who needs to work when you can get paid just for coming out of your house? The sense of maturity that was instilled in them when they were handed the keys of an expensive car had these kids hooked. If they had any problems they knew who they could and should go to for advice. These kids were seen at the future and they were groomed from day one. They longer that they were exposed to this glamorous lifestyle full of flashy cars, the expensive clothes, and a different woman every night of the week, the more they were drawn to the lifestyle. They began moving from washing cars to delivering notes, picking up payment, and hiding weapons by the time they were 14 years old and it wasn't long after that they began running numbers. The core group of up-and-comers on Clinton Avenue banded together and made their own crew with a vow to be there to put one another first. As they either finished or dropped out of high school the crew solidified and began taking on new tasks. Selling drugs, extortion, robbery, loan sharking, numbers, and vehicle theft all in the name of being a good earner. With the dream of gaining membership to the most lavish club they could imagine. The three founding members of this crew coined the tradition of getting a solid spade tattooed on their right calf used to identify one another as being a member of Clinton. Characteristics of these individuals was consistent; being a good earner and a strong enforcer. These loose cannons had the tendency to be far more dangerous than most connected members of the neighborhood as these guys were willing to do anything to make a reputation for themselves. OOC Info. This groups is aiming to portray a realistic group of individuals that grew up in a mob-infested neighborhoods. Developing from a group of wannabes with their connections to crime. Membership in this group is open to anyone who is interested though it is selective.
  18. I'll showcase Jason Masalis' day-to-day activity and development here. Thank you for watching!
  19. "With risks, success follows." 와 함께위험, 성공을따른다 . This thread will unfold Kang Dong-hyuk's life and development. Name: Kang Dong-hyuk Nicknames/Aliases: KD, Ponytail, Dong Dong Age: 27 [December 03, 1994] Likes: Grapefruit Soju, K-pop, money, guns, and cocaine. Dislikes: Japanese, Chinese, disrespectful individuals, and laziness. Hobbies: Drinking Soju, cooking Korean cuisine, visiting a shooting range. Kang Dong-hyuk, an early twenties South Korean who migrated to the US to attend college after his required military service. He is currently a local of Koreatown or also known as Little Seoul in the city of Los Santos. During his tenure there, he's made good friends with the locals. During the early years, his way to support himself in the land that's foreign to him is by working multiple part-time jobs. Due to the sudden and major change of his lifestyle as well as the heavy influence of the locals in Koreatown, he decided not to pursue a Computer Engineering career after he graduated. Some of his friends influenced him to engage in crimes such as drug dealing, robberies, home invasions and the likes. After a while, Kang Dong-hyuk managed to create a presence for himself as well as making himself known, drawing the attention of some of the more vicious locals known as the Kkangpae. For a while, he was distributing small amounts of controlled substances for them, but eventually, he had to go back to South Korea to attend his namdongsaeng's high school graduation ceremony and stayed there for a month. When he came back, he was approached and was told that the family wants to adopt him, he knew that this was the opportunity he was looking for so without hesitation, he agreed, earning himself more opportunities to make money and a more powerful stature. His induction into the family allows him to operate directly under the supervision of a hyung. His involvement in the crime group resulted to him being capable to possess assets, friends, connections, and most importantly, a family. I hesitated in creating a character story thread for this character for he has existed for more than three months already, but like what they told me, it's never too late. Some of the screenshots posted might be outdated.
  20. This thread will serve as Jeremy Sagona development thread, from his early-phase stage up until his final-phase stage.
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