Like All Good Neighbors
Gang Crime Priority Report
Report commissioned by Weekly Seattle Division Conference 12.71
GANG CRIME PRIORITY REPORT
Preliminary analysis of the sudden rise in gang-related street crime registered by our patrols in the last three weeks indicates the situation is far more complex and widespread than can be attributed to the usual turf wars and shifting alliances. Conflict flashpoints, initially restricted to Redmond’s Touristville, Tacoma’s docklands, and Puyallup are expanding rapidly. Our informants and infiltrated assets all suggest that the situation is linked to the appearance of a new Bioengineered Awakened Drug on the scene—tempo, aka flipside (see report LSGD-767.03:10:71)—and expansion of distribution gang-based networks.
Intelligence Analysis Department has cross-referenced similar evolving situations in five other
metropolitan areas under Lone Star contract, but no defi nitive intelligence on the source of the
drug is currently available. The following report highlight the principals involved in the street-level tempo-dealing. Despite the issues and restrictions on actions outlined in LSGD-767.03:10:71, per recommendation of the Division Conf. 12.71, covert assets have been retasked and additional intelligence gathering efforts focusing on tempo distribution in the Metroplex have been initiated.
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* The Feds and the Star are in an uncomfortable position apparently. Their hands are pretty much tied when it comes to dealing with the root of the problem. They can slap fines for distributing unregulated drugs, but nobody’s doing jail time over tempo. You better believe the Governor’s safety and security platform is taking a hit.
* The regulation thing right?
* Yup. Unlike other drugs, BADs are somewhat of a legal free-for-all. In jurisdictions like the UCAS, some fall under pharmaceutical regulations, others under thaumaturgical substances, but very few are currently listed as controlled substances (those that are tend to be combat drugs). It’s almost a case-by-case basis, and tempo isn’t covered at all right now.
In other places they’re considered hard drugs by default, but in some jurisdictions such as the Pueblo and Sioux, they’re perfectly legal and qualify as medicinal drugs….
* Herbal substances have always been a minefield, particularly in the NAN.
* Well, distribution of an unregulated substance is still illegal, which means the Star can still pick up dealers. You get slammed with a fine and get your rapsheet updated, but no one is doing time in the slammer for it.
According to our sources, the emerging tempo market in Seattle is being managed by a handful
of factions. All appear to be relatively small operators, a fact which suggests a third party source and involvement in the distribution network—all indications are that tempo is not local. Identification of wholesale distributors has been prioritized accordingly.
The First Nations gang appears to be the primary supplier of the drug with more market segment-
specific sales being generated by the Ragers and finally the Kumon’go Seoulpa Ring. All three
present excellent opportunities for collusion, given their individual struggles. The question repeatedly surfaces is who’s funding the operation?
The growing curiosity of the larger syndicates makes the timing ideal for trying to reach an arrangement. Also notable are the signs of megacorporate interest in the drug. Intel-gathering efforts on the part of Horizon, Aztechnology, and local corporation Chemtrex have been detected.
*Pay close attention to the scan on the Kumon’go. It’s the first I’ve heard of their
Analysis of multiple street sources points to this Native American gang as our primary source for the Seattle metropolitan area. All indications are that the group lacks the processing and
refining resources for wide-scale production, which reaffirms our suspicions of third party involvement.
The First Nations gang is led by a Salish elf known as Blood-of-the Buffalo (Case ID:2344160) and recruits primarily from disenchanted Haida and Salish youths in the sprawl. The gang currently numbers circa 130 members, sharply inflated from last year’s numbers after a recruitment drive earlier this year. Gang Crime has been tracking the gang’s activities through an undercover operative planted last fall. Unfortunately, our agent has been so far been unable to infiltrate Blood-of-the-Buffalo’s inner circle and information on the source of tempo seems carefully restricted to core members within the gang. The group appears to be motivated by a need to reestablish themselves as a formidable presence in the local gang scene, but the question of how they are funding tempo distribution remains (assuming they do not have hidden production facilities of some sort—IA suggests less than 10% chance).
Originally based out of Everett, the First Nations has been actively attempting to reestablish
themselves as a local power ever since they severed its ties with the Shotozumi-rengo.
Recent expansion into Crimson Crush territory and the borderlands area in the Redmond Barrens,
while initially thought to be linked to the gangs’ association with the “Dogmen” smuggling outfit
as well as their suspected transnational links to the Koshari, should now be reevaluated in light of tempo distribution and warehousing. The Redmond border region known as the Verge is an unpatrolled Z-Zone, ideal for such operations. Either the Dogmen and/or the Koshari would represent ideal partners for the trans-logistical backbone of the operation. First Nations is also suspected of providing outsourced protection for the Komun’go and several small-time smuggling operations, which may explain the Seoulpa Ring’s connection.
Distribution seems to be currently expanding from Downtown and Everett clubs and the University
campus area to street corner dealers and so called “fliphouses.” This expansion and resulting turf clashes will only pick up speed as tempo becomes more popular (per IA’s most recent prediction models.)
* What are the chances the source is some corporation?
* It’s definitely a possibility. I doubt the First Nations have
the organization to put something like this together on
their own, let alone finance it.
* Have to agree with Sunbeam there. No way are they
doing this on their own. It’s been an uphill struggle to
break away from their Yak lapdog image, and all of a sudden
they’re dealing drugs and packing serious weaponry?
They’re rolling in nuyen. A friend of mine just sold them four crates of mil-spec
automatics—that doesn’t come cheap.
* Why would a corporation want to form a relationship with drug dealers?
* Tempo aside, drug dealers have access to a steady supply of users that companies often subject to human testing as a way to work out the kinks before submitting new drugs to the FDA for testing. I remember how it was in my corp days. You blow it during an FDA trial and your drug won’t see the light of day for at least another nine months. That’s two business quarters, or instant death in the drug world. Makes better sense to test it out on some brainless twit who shows symptoms of whatever you’re trying to cure. Hell, in some cases a company will give someone the disease just so they have someone to cure.
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The Ragers have been operating out of the Tacoma Docklands since the early 60’s and have
been on Gang Crime’s low-priority Threat list for almost as long, despite their penchant for violent crime.
In recent months, the gang has established working relationships with the Gianelli family,
and more recently, the Bilotkiy Vory—leading to an elevation in Threat index.
Currently all indications are that The Ragers’ tempo operation is being funneled through a lieutenant calling himself Caine (Case ID:2800169), one of the handful of non-orks in the gang. Caine has a significant criminal record for his age, including one outstanding warrant on an arson charge. His exact whereabouts are unknown but he appears to be operating his drug ring without the knowledge of his superiors or of either of the gang’s syndicate allies. In fact, it appears Caine has gone to great lengths to hide the operation from the larger syndicates, even lying to higher-ups in the gang chain about where he gets the drugs, when they are coming in, and when they are being sold. On these few facts, we can presume that Caine is making a power play for leadership of the Ragers.
We have been unable to identify Caine’s source, but he is moving significantly less product than
the First Nations dealers. His operation may, however, be easier to backtrack to source.
* I thought these guys were small time. How did they get a line on tempo?
* The Ragers are definitely small fry. The way I heard it, they were being supplied by one of the other groups on the list. Might be that the Kumon’go is supplying both groups, because out of the three the syndicate is the only group not taking ownership of their sales. That sounds like they have something to hide. Then there’s the Yakuza to think about. Yaks practically owned the First Nations until recently. That relationship went sour around the same time the Kenran-kai tried to bury the Kumon’go. I don’t have any proof of this, but I am starting to think that those two are working together. They both have the NAN angle and both of them have a strong working relationship with the Dogmen; so much so that it’s put Tamanous on edge. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how the Ragers fit into the picture, though.
Kumon’go Seoulpa Ring
Along with the Choson Ring, the Komun’go is one of the surviving Seoulpa Rings after the most recent bout of Yakuza conflict. The Komun’go’s past dealings with the Shotozumi-rengo have left them serious depleted and seeking support from all corners. They have allied, at least temporarily, with the Dogmen. This relationship sprang from a tribal association between the leaders of the two groups. The Dogmen aid the Kumon’go in most of their organ-legging, flesh trade, and pharma-trafficking into NAN territories—primary sources of income in recent years.
The Ring is currently led by Chulsoon Gray-Wolf (Case ID:293112) and a loyal cadre of augmented thugs known as “Stand Over Men”. A handful of Ring members operating under the authority of lieutenant Kaz Yakamura (Case ID:2931162) have been moving the product in the corporate sector. However, on the streets there seems to be no indication this syndicate is selling tempo.
The greatest point of interest here is that the leaders of the drug operations from gang to syndicate generally have not been faction leaders. Decentralized leadership, a staple of the corporate world, has never been an aspect of gang or syndicate culture. However, here we see yet another drug operation being completely run by an underling. This particular underling is known to the corporate world. According to our records, his father is most likely Hideo Yakamura, a Yakuza liaison to Mitsuhama through the 50’s.
It was the discovery of Kaz, a bastard child by a Korean prostitute and a troll, that forced his father into retirement. Kaz was never recognized by the family or accepted into the family business. He is believed to have wandered the Ork Underground for years before surfacing as a member of the Kumon’go, gradually ascending the ranks.
* I’m calling bull. Two street gangs operating on the same playing field as a Seoulpa Ring? I just don’t see it happening, especially since the First Nations lost their Yakuza backing.
* I’d love to say I’m with you, Mika, but I picked up a dozen hits of tempo from a guy I know in the Kumon’go.
They definitely have access to the drug. Could be the researcher has his distributors mixed up. May be that the Kumon’go is running the operation and using the gangs as a primary distribution network.
* That would make sense, considering the beating the Komun’go have taken from the Shotozumi-rengo over the past couple of years. They had to pull back operations in many parts of Seattle just to have a chance at survival.
I can see them using gangs to push a new product. That way the gangs are taking all the risk while they sit back and reap the profits. But a group like that still wouldn’t have the capability to produce the drug. They have to be getting it from someone. That someone is doing a very good job of staying out of the spotlight.
* FYI—I’m not sure what the corporate connection may mean at this point but I’ve heard through the grapevine that Aztech and Chemtrex (which has been known to deal with the Komun’go on occasion) are involved somehow.
Aztechnology’s interest is nebulous at this point. They may or may not be linked to the ultimate source, but Chemtrex mostly deals in off-the-shelf generics. It looks like someone on the board has decided to explore the medicinal properties of the current not-so-cheap thrill.