Deep Valley Crips

The Deep Valley Crips are primarily, but not exclusively, an African-American street gang located in the Mesa Margarita, also known as the “Deep Valley” or “Back Gate” neighborhood of Northeast Oceanside, San Diego County, California. Which they share with two other gangs the Deep Valley Bloods, a predominantly Samoan gang and the Mesa Locos Gang, a violent Latino gang.

The Deep Valley Crips, was first documented as an established criminal organization, by local law enforcement, in the early 1980s. Around the “Whelan Ranch” housing complex, an area in the Mesa Margarita community, dominated by the Deep Valley Crips.

Oceanside Crip Enterprise

2011, The Deep Valley Crips and the Insane Crip Gang as well as the  Crook Mob Gangsters, dubbed as the “Oceanside Crip Enterprize”, by the Oceanside police department. Due to their partnership, in multiple criminal acts such as racketeering, sex trafficking, extortion, kidnapping and running a large prostitution ring. The Oceanside Crips, are known to commit murder to furtherance their enterprize.

In 2011, 38 gang-members, arrested in a sting operation after a eighteen 18 month gang investigation dubbed “Operation Vice Grip,” led by the F.B.I. which led to multiple arrests, including the owners (father and son) of a Travelodge (motel) on racketeering charges related to a sophisticated prostitution operation involving underage girls and adults.

Allies & Rivals

The Deep Valley Crips are allies of the Insane Crip Gang and Crook Mob Gangsters, all three gangs are based in Oceanside. The Oceanside Police Department, noted that these three gangs are former rivals who turned allies, around 2005. Over the years, individual identification and territory distinctions, became blurry, due to their close relationship.

The Deep Valley Crips, main rivals are the Deep Valley Bloods and the Krook City Bloods as well as the Varrio Mesa Gang. However, between 2002 and 2004, police credit most of the gang-related shootings in Oceanside, to the rivalry Between the Deep Valley Crips and Deep Valley Bloods.

In the early 1990s, the Deep Valley Crips and the Deep Valley Bloods, became heavenly engaged in a violent feud over affiliation disputes. However, in 2002, this rivalry intensified after the death of Pearl Seau, who was shot and killed in the garage of her home on Vandegrift Boulevard, by Robert McIntosh, a member of the Deep Valley Crips. McIntosh, was arrested and sentenced to 50 years to life for the killing of Pearl Seau.

In 2005, the nephew of Pearl Seau, known on the streets as Rusty Seau, an active member of the Deep Valley Bloods, was shot in the back after a gang-fight, near Gold Drive and Elaine Avenue. In 2006, 16-year-old Tony Lessie, the shooter, was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for the killing of 16-year-old Rusty Seau.

The Deep Valley Bloods retaliated by driving to the Whelan Ranchin, area of Oceanside. When they spotted a group of African-Americans, 18-year-old Joaquin Pruitt and wounding 19-year-old Sean Oates, who were believed to be affiliated with the Deep Vally Crips. Situe Toluao and Peni Siulua, well-known members of the Deep Valley Bloods, were sentence to life in prison.


In 2011, The Deep Valley Crips, made headlines after killing, 16-year-old Fernando Solano (male) and 14-year-old Sandra Salgado (female), a teenage couple as they sat on a bench in the Libby Park. The shooting was retaliation for a member of the Deep Valley Crips, being jumped by the Mesa Locas Gang, a violent Latino street gang.

AL’C Robert Bejaran (shooter), was sentenced to life for the killing of the teenage couple. Justin Gibson and Kenneth Hamilton (co-defendants), both were charged with two counts of murder and sentence to 20-years to life. All three defendants were affiliated with the Deep Valley Crips. The cold-blooded murders of Fernando Solano and Sandra Salgado, is considered one of Oceanside most infamous murder cases.

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