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  • How a Mexican Mafia killer became a law enforcement darling

    02/17/2015 11:48:51 AM PST · by Colofornian · 6 replies ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 | Kate Mather and Victoria Kim
    The man sitting in the back of the vehicle is wearing a light-colored shirt, a patterned tie and an air of authority. He's headed to a conference in Anaheim to give a speech and, as trees, hedges and apartment buildings flash by, he rattles off a list of accomplishments — his book, his expert witness testimony. "This has been a dream of mine," he says in the online video, referring to his speaking invitation. "You know how many people have said, 'You can't do it'?" There was every reason to doubt Rene "Boxer" Enriquez could. Enriquez, 52, is serving a...
  • One-eyed man arrested in connection with double murder at 7-Eleven

    08/05/2014 11:29:41 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2014 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    A one-eyed man wanted in connection with a double homicide in Panorama City was arrested on suspicion of murder after gang detectives found him at a motel a half-block away from the incident. Witnesses connected Angel Santana, 29, with the July 17 double killing of 22-year-old Maron States and 19-year-old Deshawn Miles outside a 7-Eleven, police said. According to police, Santana and another man allegedly began shooting at two men after a brief confrontation. The other gunman, who has not been named, fled south on Sepulveda Boulevard, police said...
  • Black, Brown and Obama (California's Mexican Mafia, the 21st Century's Ku Klux Klan)

    02/16/2013 12:38:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies ^ | February 15, 2013 | Lloyd Billingsley
    <p>A federal hate-crimes indictment highlights differences in response between Barack Obama and previous presidents when racists target blacks with violence.</p> <p>The Feb. 8 Department of Justice press release says that members of the Compton 155 gang, whose members call themselves “nigger killers” (the release spells it out N***** Killers) or “NKs,” use “violence and threats of violence in an effort to drive African-Americans out of their ‘territory’ on the west side of Compton.” Further, “[t]o instill fear in African-Americans, members of the gang tag their gang moniker and ‘NK’ throughout their ‘territory.’”</p>
  • 2 found dead on U.S. side of border(Texas/Mexico)

    05/22/2012 3:50:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jason Buch
    Authorities in Maverick County found the bodies of two men in their underwear dumped in a canal Tuesday morning. The men haven't been identified, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Ruben Cano. The bodies have been taken to San Antonio for autopsies. One of the men had a large cut on his neck and was wrapped in plastic bags, and may have been killed somewhere else, Cano said. The second victim appeared to have been killed in the canal north of Eagle Pass, he said. Sheriff's investigators, who are working with the Texas Rangers, don't have any leads and haven't found any...
  • [Texas:] Austin police chief wishes Mexican Mafia would ‘go back to San Antonio’

    12/15/2011 1:43:08 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/14/2011 | Bob Stewart
    The Austin American-Statesman reports that Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo made a comment this week regarding San Antonio at a news conference touting recent successes against the Mexican Mafia. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the 309 years doled out on Friday are “a tremendous gift to the people of Austin.” “The Mexican Mafia is not welcome in Austin,” Acevedo said. “I hope they go back to San Antonio.” Federal, state and Austin law enforcement officials took part in the Tuesday presser. The Statesman reported: The FBI said the case is the largest joint prosecution of the gang in Austin....
  • California Iraqi-Mexican crime ring busted, police say

    08/18/2011 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Whats the Matter with Kansas? · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 18,2011 | Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Bohan
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in southern California have arrested 60 people and broken up an Iraqi criminal ring accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs out of an immigrant social club, authorities said on Thursday. The swoop by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police targeted a network operating out of El Cajon, which is near San Diego and close to the border with Mexico.
  • 99 arrested in Mexican Mafia crackdown in Calif.

    07/13/2011 3:06:50 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 13, 2011 | Salvador Hernandez
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Nearly 100 purported gang members have been arrested, along with weapons, cash and drugs, in what law enforcement officials are calling a devastating blow on local gangs and leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia. Among those named in one of several indictments unsealed Wednesday was Peter Ojeda, a Santa Ana native indicted in 2005 and currently in federal prison. But despite his incarceration, Ojeda is accused of continuing to hold a grip in Orange County's Latino street gangs, ordering punishment on local gangs that refused to follow his commands and giving the "green light" on rivals...
  • Latino Gang Targeted Blacks, U.S. Says

    06/07/2011 10:10:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 8, 2011 | TAMARA AUDI
    Members of a Latino gang affiliated with the Mexican Mafia conspired for nearly 20 years to drive African-Americans out of the Southern California city of Azusa through violence and intimidation, federal authorities alleged Tuesday. An alleged member of the Azusa 13 gang following a raid Tuesday. Fifty-one alleged members of the Azusa 13 gang were indicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges; six were accused of conspiring to violate the civil rights of African-Americans. The case marks the second time federal civil-rights laws have been used against a gang, authorities said. "The Azusa 13 gang waged a campaign of hate during...
  • Bloody Mexican Gangs Make It 'Official,' with Uniforms, Insignia

    05/23/2011 4:40:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies ^ | May 23, 2011 | Kelley Vlahos
    According to a growing number of reports out of Mexico today, the major drug trafficking operations (DTOs) – like Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, La Familia Michoacana and its latest incarnation, Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) -- are not only donning uniforms but brandishing insignias, badges, even decals on their vehicles that are indistinguishable from that of the federal or local police forces. “This has been going on for about five or six years and perhaps even longer – members of Mexican cartels impersonating the cops … or dressed in some sort of dark, scary uniforms,” said Howard Campbell, a professor...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • Mexican Mafia Gives “Green Light” To Kill AZ Sheriff (w/ video)

    07/06/2010 8:14:16 AM PDT · by · 44 replies · 4+ views
    Eyeblast TV / The Blast ^ | 7/6/2010 | Joe Schoffstall
    The Mexican Mafia has threatened Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu with his life, ordering a “green light” to take him out for his support of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070. A “green light” indicates that the assassin given the order must complete the murder or he will be killed himself, as will his family. “I understand this threat, yet I will not run in fear or change my support for SB 1070 and my demands for President Obama to secure our border with 3,000 armed soldiers in Arizona and start building the fence again. I’m always armed and as...
  • Mystery surrounds Villaraigosa's duties at free-ticket events [L.A. mayor]

    06/24/2010 12:46:16 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | David Zahniser
    At the heart of the current controversy involving free tickets at Los Angeles City Hall, one question stands out: If Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended big-time entertainment events because he was conducting city business, why did he not keep better records of those public duties? For weeks, Villaraigosa has argued that he appeared in an official capacity at dozens of concerts, sporting events and awards shows since 2005, from sitting in box seats at Dodger Stadium to attending a 2007 performance by R&B singer Mary J. Blige at L.A. Live. Those duties, he said, exempted him from the law that would...
  • [South Texas:]Mexican Mafia attacks taking place in Valley towns

    05/17/2010 11:04:09 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 790+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | May 16, 2010 | MICHAEL BARAJAS
    One night in early April, Bobby Leal, Israel Banda, Abraham Serna and another unidentified suspect put a gun to someone’s head, beat and stabbed him repeatedly, then left him for dead in front of the Harlingen Sports Complex. Roughly one week later, violence broke out again in Harlingen when Leal and Alfredo Aguilar attempted to kidnap a Harlingen man at gunpoint outside his brother’s house. Aguilar was shot in the stomach and taken to the hospital after the victim fought back. Both Aguilar and Leal were arrested soon after the incident. What has concerned local police is both the violent...
  • 52 arrested by Ontario police in Mexican Mafia bust

    04/21/2010 3:30:11 PM PDT · by Smogger · 16 replies · 901+ views
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | Created: 04/21/2010 09:25:19 AM PDT | Lori Consalvo
    Ontario police, Drug Enforcement Administration agents and U.S. Attorney's Office personnel have arrested 52 people, including 27 on Wednesday morning, in a sweep targeting the Mexican Mafia and Ontario gangs. The arrests culminated a 17-month investigation. Twenty-five suspects had already been arrested. Eight area gang members are still outstanding. The arrested are being taken to a federal holding facility in Riverside.
  • Fifth Gang Member Sentenced to Life Without Parole After Convictions...

    02/05/2010 11:27:06 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 864+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: For Immediate Release February 4, 2010 United States Attorney's Office Central District of California Fifth Gang Member Sentenced to Life Without Parole After Convictions in Massive Federal Racketeering Case Other Members of Florencia 13 Gang Receive Multi-Decade Sentences for Numerous Crimes, Including Race-Based Attacks, Committed in Bid to Control Drug Trade and Extend Gang Territory into Other Neighborhoods A fifth member of Florencia 13 (F13), a street gang involved in narcotics distribution and shootings of African-Americans, has been sentenced to life in federal prison for his conviction on a host of federal criminal...
  • [South Texas:]Marshals: Zetas hitman could be in the Valley

    12/16/2009 3:07:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 633+ views
    KGBT ^ | December 16, 2009
    An alleged hitman for the Zetas and the Mexican Mafia may be hiding out in the Rio Grande Valley. The U.S. Marshal’s Service told Action 4 News that Joseph Allen Garcia is wanted for murder and a number of other crimes in Laredo. A local agency spokesman said 22-year-old murder hitman is known to frequent South Padre Island and is asking for the public’s help in catching him. Garcia is wanted for a December 13, 2003 shooting in Laredo where one person was killed and three others injured. The accused hitman was 16-years-old at the time of the shooting. Authorities...
  • The Assassination of Deputy Abel Escalante

    10/18/2009 8:31:32 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 26 replies · 1,292+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Oct. 14, 2009 | Christine Pelisek
    The Avenues gang and Mexican Mafia may have assassinated Los Angeles County Deputy Abel Escalante as "payback for the spectacular LAPD shootout on Drew Street in June 2008 that forced the closure of local streets, caused the evacuation of two nearby public schools — and left AK-47–wielding menace Danny 'Clever' Leon bloodied and dead in the street": Deputy Escalante had nothing to do with LAPD’s killing of Leon last year. The 27-year-old officer most likely heard about it on the news, like everyone else. But, federal prosecutors believe, Escalante died for it. Seeking revenge, the dead man’s friends months later...
  • Gunmen kill 10 patients at Mexico rehab clinic

    09/16/2009 1:06:18 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 11 replies · 792+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 16, 2009 | Salvador Gomez; Cyntia Barrera Diaz
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Suspected drug hitmen have killed 10 patients in a Mexican rehabilitation clinic, the second such attack this month in the city of Ciudad Juarez on the U.S. border, authorities said on Wednesday. Drug gangs have targeted rehab clinics in the manufacturing city across from El Paso, Texas, accusing them of protecting dealers from rival gangs. State attorney spokesman Vladimir Tuexi said the victims, nine men and one woman, were killed late on Tuesday as they finished praying before going to bed.
  • Some find El Monte police officer's side business -- selling clothing with gang symbols -- dismaying

    06/19/2009 11:13:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies · 691+ views
    LATimes ^ | June 19, 2009
    Some find El Monte police officer's side business -- selling clothing with gang symbols -- dismaying June 20, 2009 When El Monte Police Officer George Fierro was seen on video kicking a prone, heavily tattooed gang member in the head at the end of a televised high-speed chase, he received some criticism but also a good amount of praise. Then the 15-year police veteran's side business made the news, and no one advocated giving him a medal for that. When he's not fighting crime and chasing gang members, Fierro sells a line of clothing. Hiscompany's website is known "for its...
  • RICO Indictment Expands Against Clique of 18th Street Gang Involved in Murder of 3-Week-Old Child

    06/17/2009 3:12:52 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies · 626+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 16, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Central District of California
    RICO Indictment Expands Case Against Clique of 18th Street Gang Involved in Murder of 3-Week-Old Child, a Cold Case Murder Committed in 2001, and Other Crimes Superseding Indictment Charges Defense Attorney with Laundering Illegal Proceeds on Behalf of Mexican Mafia Federal and local law enforcement authorities today arrested eight of 39 members and associates of one of the most entrenched “cliques” of the 18th Street Gang after the return of federal criminal charges alleging that the gang operated a racketeering enterprise responsible for the October 2007 attempted murder of a street vendor near MacArthur Park that resulted in the fatal...