Crime

Gang Member's Booking Photo Goes Viral (Photo)

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Khamprasong ThammavongKhamprasong Thammavong

 Khamprasong Thammavong of Fresno, California, has a tattoo above his upper lip that reads “speak no evil,” but that doesn’t seem to preclude doing any evil. The 33-year-old, who is a documented member of the Laos Blood gang, was out on probation when police pulled him over for a traffic stop on March 7.

The officer, who has only been identified for C. Howard, asked for assistance in searching through Thammavong’s home. According to a release from the Fresno Police Department, police found several gang-related items, a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, which Thammavong had allegedly posed with in a photo. The weapons weren’t registered to Thammavong, although he was also in possession of “tactical gear similar to law enforcement equipment.”

Thammavong’s house also reportedly contained 38 marijuana plants, although he didn’t have a license to grow or possess marijuana. The investigation has been handed over to narcotics detectives, and Thammavong was charged with cultivation of marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Police told The Huffington Post that Thammavong was out on AB109 probation at the time of his arrest, which is granted to nonviolent and nonserious offenders who have not been convicted of sexual offenses. Parolees like Thammavong are monitored at the county level as opposed to the state level, but it doesn’t imply he was released early. 

Thammavong’s mugshot quickly went viral, garnering more than 1,000 reactions and 2,500 shares on Facebook, mostly because of his unusual appearance -- most notably the word “Gucci” tattooed on his forehead and a head full of curling, tattooed-on hair. 

“Looks like he passed out at a party (and) got drawn on,” quipped Facebook user James Bruxton.

Sources: Fresno Police Department/Facebook, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Fresno Police Department/Facebook

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