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  • Gang crackdown nets 582 arrests

    08/27/2005 10:55:01 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 1,016+ views
    NJ.com New Jersey Star Ledger ^ | August 2, 2005 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members, including 22 in South Jersey, over a two-week period, targeting an estimated 80 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country, officials said yesterday.</p> <p>Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called the gangs "a threat to our homeland security and ... a very urgent law enforcement priority."</p>
  • Prison funds of Mexican Mafia figures put on ice

    08/26/2005 10:54:08 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1,582+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 08/26/2005 | Guillermo Contreras
    In another punch aimed at the Texas Mexican Mafia, the government has frozen the prison trust fund accounts of the gang's founder and his right-hand man. In a seizure warrant filed under seal this week in San Antonio, investigators contend the $13,000 in the account of purported gang president Heriberto "Herb" Huerta, 52, and the $10,000 balance of alleged gang vice president Benito "Viejito" Alonzo, 70, are the fruits of illegal activity. Specifically, the federal government alleges the accounts were fueled by the collection of "the dime" — a 10 percent street tax that the San Antonio-based gang levied on...
  • Mexican Mafia - New Crime Syndicate in California…

    08/24/2005 9:31:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,953+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 8/24/05 | Jim Kouri
    An anti-gang task force arrested 15 defendants charged in a federal racketeering indictment with exercising control over Hispanic street gangs across Orange County, CA. The indictment alleges that members of the Ojeda Organization - named after leader and Mexican Mafia member Peter Ojeda - extorted "taxes" from street gangs and punished non-payers with assaults. In addition to the arrests made by well over 100 agents and officers associated with the Santa Ana Gang Task Force, ten defendants are already in state custody. The three-count indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana, asserts that the Ojeda...
  • Big Money In Mexican Meth

    08/19/2005 9:49:45 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 10 replies · 2,428+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 19, 2005 | WorldNetDaily
    WND Exclusive CONTROLLING THE SUBSTANCES Big money in Mexican meth New laws cut down on U.S. labs, but drugs still flow Posted: August 19, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com While new state and federal laws are cutting down the number of U.S. meth labs, the deadly drugs continue to flow into the U.S. across the porous border with Mexico, say law enforcement authorities. The federal anti-meth law was recently amended to permit states to impose their own stiffer restrictions and penalties. In Oregon, for instance, legislators now require cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a principal ingredient in methamphetamine, to...
  • Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.

    08/01/2005 3:43:47 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 114 replies · 4,119+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1 AUGUST 2005 | Jerry Seper
    A renegade band of Mexican military deserters, offering $50,000 bounties for the assassination of U.S. law-enforcement officers, has expanded its base of operations into the United States to protect loads of cocaine and marijuana being brought into America by Mexican smugglers, authorities said.
  • Feds make more than 500 gang arrests

    08/01/2005 9:37:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies · 2,175+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/1/05 | Lara Jakes Jordan - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal authorities arrested 582 alleged gang members over a two-week period, officials said Monday, targeting an estimated 80 violent groups they say have spawned street crimes across the country. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called the gangs "a threat to our homeland security and ... a very urgent law enforcement priority." Investigators picked up most of the offenders between July 16 and July 28 on immigration violations for being in the United States illegally. Seventy-six face criminal charges, ranging from illegal possession of a firearm to holding fraudulent documents. "For too long, these gangs have gone unchecked...
  • Mexican Mafia grows in Staten Island

    06/16/2005 10:02:02 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 31 replies · 2,042+ views
    Mexican Mafia grows in Staten Island BY CARRIE MELAGO AND JOSE MARTINEZ New York Daily News NEW YORK - (KRT) - At the foot of the Bayonne Bridge, in the Staten Island neighborhood known as Little Mexico, crime is down - falling by more than 6 percent this year. But troubling signs remain.Fights regularly break out in the Port Richmond neighborhood's Latino nightclubs, and even more unnerving are the graffiti scrawlings for M13, a street gang with ties to the notorious Mexican Mafia."We've got a lot of problems right now with the gangs," said a 28-year-old Mexican man who ran...
  • Illegal Alien Gang Members Nailed by Feds, Local Cops - (is the gov't finally listening to us?)

    06/09/2005 9:26:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 964+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | JUNE 10, 2005 | JIM KOURI, CPP
    Feds and local cops in New York nabbed almost a hundred illegal aliens who are suspected of participating in gang activities that include violent offenses, drug trafficking, prostitution and sex crimes. A joint criminal investigation in the New York City metropolitan area has resulted in the arrest of 95 criminal alien gang members, all of whom now face removal from the United States. The arrests are the culmination of a joint four-month investigation conducted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, the New York City Department of Probation, Yonkers, NY Police Department officers and other local law enforcement agencies that...
  • The Mexican Connection

    06/06/2005 5:19:25 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 8 replies · 485+ views
    The Mexican Connection Sunday, June 05, 2005STEVE SUO MEXICO CITY -- America's methamphetamine crisis is now rooted in Mexico, where drug cartels are illicitly obtaining tons of pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient needed to make the potent stimulant. Mexico's imports of the cold medicine have vaulted from 66 tons to 224 tons in the past five years, customs records show. That's roughly double what the country needs to meet the legitimate demands of cold and allergy sufferers, an analysis by The Oregonian found. U.S. officials say meth production in Mexico is rising because Mexican traffickers can no longer easily obtain pseudoephedrine...
  • In violent Mexican border city, elderly hired to police schools

    06/04/2005 3:28:49 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 551+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico- Grappling with a wave of kidnappings and murders, including the brutal slayings of two small children, authorities in the border city of Juarez are recruiting people over 60 to patrol outside elementary schools. They hope this unarmed "policia adulto mayor," or elder police force, will gain the trust in a city whose police force is widely seen as corrupt. The elders are armed only with a cell phone and a uniform of black pants and a yellow shirt with a state police logo. They work in pairs outside their neighborhood elementary schools, watching for suspicious activities and...
  • 'It's a war' along the Mexican border

    06/03/2005 3:44:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 72 replies · 3,580+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 3, 2005 | TRACEY EATON
    300 have been killed as drug crime thrives in Mexico U.S.-MEXICO BORDER – The dead include university students, assembly-plant workers, farm hands, businessmen, journalists, money couriers, drug gang henchmen and dozens of police officers. At least 550 people have lost their lives in drug-related executions in Mexico so far this year – with 300 of those killings in the six Mexican states bordering the U.S. All are thought to be linked to organized crime, according to a review of press accounts by The Dallas Morning News. Among the latest: A police commander assassinated in Nuevo Laredo early Thursday. Enrique Cardenas...
  • Mexican Drug Lord Fighting For Control of U.S.-Mexico Border

    06/03/2005 6:46:42 AM PDT · by txdoda · 28 replies · 814+ views
    AP ^ | 6-3-05 | Will Weissert
    MEXICO CITY - Reputed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has launched a bloody offensive to control drug smuggling along the entire Mexico-U.S. border, Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said. Mexico's top law enforcement official said Guzman was behind a wave of violence that has killed hundreds of suspected smugglers, hit men, police, soldiers and civilians along the 2,000-mile border. "Definitely, he is the most active man in his group. He is trying to fight for the border corridors, trying to control places like Culiacan just like the rest of the communities of Sinaloa (state), and the border cities,"...
  • Mexico police commander shot dead on U.S. border

    06/02/2005 2:51:25 PM PDT · by dvan · 32 replies · 1,268+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/2/2005 | NA
    MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Mexican police commander in front of his young daughter on Thursday, the second attack on a senior officer in this violent city on the U.S. border in two days.Municipal police commander Enrique Cardenas was murdered outside his house as he left to drive his daughter to a primary school in the city, which lies south of Laredo, Texas, a police spokeswoman told Reuters. The attack came a day after gunmen in a moving car ambushed and wounded another local police commander, Samuel Alvarado, as he drove through the city center. Nuevo Laredo...
  • Bush Adds 9 Targets to Drug Kingpin List

    06/02/2005 10:09:37 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 2 replies · 236+ views
    AP ^ | 06/02/05
    WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday added nine new targets to the nation's congressionally mandated list of individuals and organizations the administration deems to be major foreign narcotics traffickers. Those on the list are subject to a variety of economic and other U.S. sanctions. Added this year was one organization, the Mexico-based Arriola Marquez Organization, and eight individuals, four of them Mexicans: Oscar Arturo Arriola Marquez; Miguel Angel Arriola Marquez; Ignacio Coronel Villareal; and Rigoberto Gaxiola Medina. Also added to the "foreign narcotics kingpin" list were Marco Marino Diodato del Gallo of Bolivia, Otto Roberto Herrera Garcia of Guatemala, Haji...
  • NL police official shot(Mexico)

    06/02/2005 8:50:52 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 462+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | 06/02/05 | VICENTE RANGEL
    NUEVO LAREDO - A high-ranking city police official was in critical condition Wednesday after he was shot several times as he was on his way home in the pre-dawn hours. Commandant Samuel Alvarado Torres, 43, was alone in his 1996 Grand Marquis when he was attacked at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Venustiano Carranza and Guerrero Streets. He was hit several times on the left side, but he managed to drive to the police station near city hall, where officers picked him up and took him to a hospital. Officials said Alvarado Torres was off duty at the...
  • Fugitive protected by townspeople who view him as hero (Mexico)

    05/31/2005 8:11:34 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 797+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | 05/31/05 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's chief drug prosecutor Monday described the country's top fugitive drug lord as a kind of Pablo Escobar figure who - like the deceased Colombian trafficker - is viewed as a hero by many people who protect his mountain hideouts and tip him off when police come looking. In the most detailed description yet of how Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has managed to avoid capture, Assistant Attorney General Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos called the drug lord "the smartest leader we've come up against." He said authorities are campaigning to convince people in northern Mexico that the funds...
  • CORRUPTION CROSSES THE BORDER WITH AGENT BRIBES

    05/30/2005 8:55:33 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 52 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 30 May 2005 | James Pinkerton
    MCALLEN - The Border Patrol checkpoint on a remote stretch of South Texas ranchland was the ideal route for a drug trafficking ring to move tons of marijuana. To make sure their product got through, traffickers paid $1.5 million to U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan Alfredo Alvarez, 35, to wave trucks loaded with a ton or more of marijuana through checkpoints outside Hebbronville, according to a plea bargain Alvarez agreed to earlier this month. As Mexican drug cartels have transformed the Texas-Mexico border into one of the major transport corridors for marijuana, cocaine and heroin, traffickers have stepped up their...
  • MEXICAN DRUG LORD SEEKS CONTROL OF THE BORDER

    05/27/2005 5:42:16 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 35 replies · 3,229+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 27 May 2005 | WILL WEISSERT
    MEXICO CITY — Reputed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has launched a bloody offensive to control drug smuggling along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said today. Mexico's top law enforcement official said Guzman was behind a wave of violence that has killed hundreds of suspected smugglers, hit men, police, soldiers and civilians along the 2,000-mile border. "Definitely, he is the most active man in his group. He is trying to fight for the border corridors, trying to control places like Culiacan just like the rest of the communities of Sinaloa (state), and the border...
  • Federal agent killed in gun battle near Veterans Bridge (Mexico)

    05/27/2005 2:26:58 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 682+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | May 27, 2005 | SERGIO CHAPA
    Grenades, weapons found after two suspected shooters captured, two escape MATAMOROS, — A Mexican federal agent was killed in a Wednesday night shootout with alleged drug dealers blocks away from the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates. According to a Tamaulipas state news agency, two suspects were arrested at the scene while two more remained unidentified and at large Thursday. Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) officials told Tamaulipas En Linea that agents tried to stop a suspicious Ford Expedition shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Los Pinos neighborhood east of the bridge. The Expedition fled from the AFI agents and...
  • Mexican commandos new threat on border

    05/27/2005 7:16:01 AM PDT · by Mikey · 54 replies · 2,102+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 27, 2005 | WND
    WASHINGTON – Elite Mexican commandos, trained by U.S. forces to combat the drug cartels have switched sides and are working for the drug smugglers in the border area posing a special hazard to American law enforcement and Border Patrol agents, according to a U.S. Justice Department memo. The commandos, trained by the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, are known as "Los Zetas.". The Justice Department warning was sent to law enforcement agencies throughout the Southwest.. Using the commando training, Los Zetas are known to be extremely violent and have been blamed for an outbreak of violence along the Mexican...
  • Meeting focuses on missing Americans (missing or killed in Mexico)

    05/26/2005 3:54:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 762+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 05/26/2005 | Jesse Bogan
    LAREDO — U.S. government officials have had a "very frank exchange of views" with investigating authorities in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, about the lack of progress in 21 open cases of missing or killed Americans in the border city, U.S. Consul Michael Yoder said. "If we could just have some success or progress on even one of those cases, it might encourage people to become more involved with Mexican authorities," Yoder said recently. He said the Nuevo Laredo office for the state of Tamaulipas' attorney general's office doesn't have the same number of cases the consulate has recorded because some of...
  • Mexicali prison director shot to death in his car

    05/25/2005 9:14:10 AM PDT · by Ramonan · 5 replies · 367+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | May 25, 2005 | Anna Cearley
    In the second killing of a top law enforcement official in three days, the director of the Mexicali prison was gunned down yesterday morning while driving to work. State investigators said assailants fired at least seven shots at Eduardo Villalobos Luna around 7:30 a.m. One hit him in the head, according to Perla Ibarra Leyva, who oversees the state Attorney General's Office in Mexicali. The Tijuana newspaper Frontera reported that the gunmen shot at Villalobos from both sides of his Jeep Cherokee as he was driving from his home in Mexicali, and he died several hours later at a hospital....
  • WITH MEXICAN FRIENDS LIKE THIS WHO NEEDS ENEMIES

    05/23/2005 4:22:12 PM PDT · by MRMEAN · 26 replies · 409+ views
    The Counterterrorism Blog ^ | March 17 | Larry C. Johnson
    There is a terrorist threat in Mexico against Americans only it is from Mexican police. Two weeks ago (March 4th) a senior US Government official with the Transportation Security Administration was brutally attacked. This official, who is in charge of surveying and assessing Mexican airports to ensure that they meet the U.S. Government security requirements, left his hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday evening and crossed the street to buy his daughter a gift. While returning from the gift shop he was accosted by two Mexican police officers. They pulled the U.S. Federal agent into an alley and beat...
  • Gunmen Assasinate Rosarito Police Chief

    05/22/2005 1:00:31 PM PDT · by ambrose · 6 replies · 358+ views
    AP ^ | 5/22/05
    10News.com Gunmen Assasinate Rosarito Police Chief Police Chief Riddled With Bullets While Leaving Home POSTED: 10:21 am PDT May 22, 2005UPDATED: 11:31 am PDT May 22, 2005TIJUANA, Mexico -- A municipal police chief was riddled with bullets on Saturday morning as he left his house in the Pacific coast city of Rosarito, 12 miles south of the U.S. border, Baja California state prosecutors said. Slideshow Gunmen Assasinate Police Chief IMAGES: Rosarito Police Chief Gunned Down Rosarito Police Chief Carlos Bowser was surprised by two gunmen, who mowed down the former state police officer with pistol and rifle fire, said...
  • Rosarito [city just South of Tijuana] police official assassinated

    05/22/2005 12:00:31 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 3 replies · 380+ views
    ROSARITO BEACH – The top police official in this small, rapidly growing resort city south of Tijuana was shot to death early yesterday as he headed to work. Carlos Bowser Miret, Rosarito Beach's director of public safety, was attacked at 8:35 a.m. near his home a few blocks from police headquarters, according to the Baja California Attorney General's Office. Bowser was alone inside a white Chevrolet Impala when at least two assailants opened fire, investigators said. Bowser had been on the job for less than six months. He was named to the post by Mayor Antonio Macías Garay, a member...
  • US-trained Mexican commandos pose threat to authorities

    05/21/2005 6:47:08 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 48 replies · 1,445+ views
    KVOA TV Tucson AZ ^ | May 20, 2005, 08:14 PM | Lupita Murillo
    The U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more violent. The feds have been alerted through a memo to law enforcement throughout the southwest, telling them that Mexican commandos are now working for drug cartels. You'll be shocked to learn where the commandos were trained. The memo from the Justice Department warns that Mexican commandos were trained by U.S. forces, but switched sides. They are now using their deadly skills to work for the drug cartels. They were elite forces trained by the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, \Georgia to battle against the powerful drug cartels. They're known as "los zetas," but a...
  • Mexican Drug Commandos

    05/20/2005 8:11:14 AM PDT · by zaxxon · 44 replies · 928+ views
    Mexican Drug Commandos KPHO/Phoenix May 19, 2005 They were the elite "special forces" of the Mexican military, trained in the U.S. at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia and sent to "wipe out" one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels. But these soldiers deserted and became the muscle for the very cartel they were supposed to destroy. According to this Department of Justice "Intelligence Bulletin" obtained by the 5i-Team, these rogue commandos now known as "Los Zetas" may be heading our way. The normally busy streets and busy stores in Nogales Sonora have been a little...
  • No U.S. trials for Mexican cops

    05/04/2005 10:19:55 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 579+ views
    Express-News ^ | 05/04/2005 | Guillermo Contreras
    Shielded by the badge, corrupt Mexican cops pulled over at least a dozen people who crossed the Juárez drug cartel and kidnapped them for a "carne asada" or "barbecue" — a term referring to the systematic torture, beatings and killings of the victims, prosecutors allege. As they met their gruesome end, authorities and court records allege, they were buried in the garden of a home in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso. In January 2004, authorities unearthed the bodies, news that circulated the globe. Now, court documents show none of the accused police officers will face the U.S....
  • (Texas Mexican) Mafia verdicts make federal boot heavier

    04/21/2005 11:16:05 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 764+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/21/2005 | Guillermo Contreras
    Federal prosecutors said the government had its boot on the neck of the Texas Mexican Mafia. A jury on Wednesday helped them cut off the head. After deliberating for a little more than a day, the five-woman, seven-man panel found four members of the gang guilty on various charges, including the most serious one — participating in the Mexican Mafia's conspiracy to distribute large quantities of heroin and cocaine. That charge carries a punishment of 10 years to life in prison, but because the jury also ruled on special circumstances, their sentences could start at 25 years, and at least...
  • Northern Mexico Deadly For Journalists

    04/16/2005 4:54:07 PM PDT · by Scenic Sounds · 9 replies · 311+ views
    GlobeandMail.com ^ | April 16, 2005 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY -- Northern Mexico has become one of the most dangerous places in the hemisphere to be a journalist, mostly because of its violent drug cartels, media groups say. Attacks in the past week alone have left one editor dead, one reporter missing and another barely alive after she was shot nine times. "Some of the media outlets here have hired guards," said Roberto Galves, news director of radio station XHNOE. Its crime reporter, Guadalupe Garcia Escamilla, 39, is recovering from wounds to the chest, abdomen, legs and arms after an April 5 attack in the tough border city...
  • Stockpiled weapons mesmerize jurors in Mexican Mafia trial (Texas)

    04/13/2005 1:16:54 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 47 replies · 1,507+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/13/2005 | Guillermo Contreras
    They cannot speak, yet they captivated a federal jury's attention and were guarded as closely as the most important government witness. For almost an hour today, all 51 were introduced to the jurors, some of whom sat mesmerized as a Bexar County sheriff's deputy announced them to the court. “An AK-47 with a bayonet,” Deputy George Autobee said, cradling an assault rifle in his hands. Reaching into a plastic container holding several more similar firearms, Autobee pulled out another. “Mossberg 12-gauge with pistol grip,” he said. The weapons – assault rifles, shotguns, pistols and silencers – were among an armory...
  • (Texas Mexican)Mafia man describes meeting to plan hit

    04/12/2005 4:32:31 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1,560+ views
    Express-News ^ | 04/12/2005 | Guillermo Contreras
    As strippers gyrated around them at the Penthouse Club, leaders and soldiers of the Texas Mexican Mafia discussed the business at hand. The brother of the group's former vice president was attempting a coup d 'etat, and that sibling, Tony Rodriguez, needed to be silenced before he convinced other mafia members to split off and join him in his quest to kill those who replaced his brother and his leadership council. The camello, or job, went to William "Willow" Covarrubias, who testified Monday he looked for Rodriguez to kill him but could not find him. Though Covarrubias said he never...
  • Two La Habra [Orange County, CA] officers shot during traffic stop

    04/12/2005 3:36:59 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 12 replies · 986+ views
    KABC-TV Los Angeles ^ | April 12, 2005 | Staff
    LA HABRA — Two La Habra police officers wounded during a traffic stop were recovering today but the gunman who allegedly shot them was in critical condition following a shootout with other officers, authorities said. The initial shooting occurred when an officer stopped two men in a white Toyota 4Runner about 4:30 p.m. yesterday in a parking lot near Walnut Street and La Habra Boulevard, said Cindy Knapp of the La Habra Police Department. The officer, whose name was withheld, went back to his patrol car to check the men's backgrounds, and 15 minutes later a back-up officer arrived, Knapp...
  • Mexican Mafia member explains collection of street tax

    04/06/2005 2:07:33 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 1,993+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/06/2005 | Guillermo Contreras
    A member of the Texas Mexican Mafia testified today that the gang's collection of a street tax from drug dealers was for protection. Ricardo "Cookie Monster" Saenz, who pleaded guilty in the case last year as part of a plea deal, was the first of several informants expected to testify at the trial against four alleged members of the "family," as he put it. Saenz rarely looked toward the defense table. That was likely because he apparently violated the gang's cardinal sin -- he cooperated with law enforcement. But the bespectacled Saenz, whose many tattoos peeked from his orange jail...
  • Mexican Mafia member is tied to witness death plot(Texas)

    03/03/2005 1:33:55 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 916+ views
    Express-News ^ | 03/02/2005 | Roger Croteau
    SAN MARCOS — A member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang tried to arrange the murder of a mother and daughter — already victims of a home invasion and robbery — to keep them from testifying against him at his upcoming trial in the case, authorities said Tuesday. Manuel Caudillo Ramirez, 20, of San Marcos and two others were charged in the murder-for-hire plot. Ramirez, already jailed on the home invasion charges, negotiated the hit with an undercover officer and even signed money out of his jail commissary account to pay for it, police said. The home invasion here April...
  • Graffiti war erupts into gang violence (dramatic increase in gang graffiti tied to Mexican Mafia)

    02/13/2005 3:03:20 PM PST · by seastay · 12 replies · 2,458+ views
    Chico Enterprise-Record ^ | February 11, 2005 | GREG WELTER
    ORLAND (CA) Police here did what they could to keep a graffiti war between rival gangs from escalating to violence, but on Wednesday it did. --- about 20 alleged Sureo gang members showed up outside a home in the 1100 block of Bonnie Lane, where six members of a rival Norteo gang were thought to be hiding. The larger group attempted to break in to the residence. The rival gang came outside to stop them and a fight began. --- Orland Police Chief Bob Pasero said a recent dramatic increase in gang-style graffiti around Orland pointed to the likelihood of...
  • Mexico carnage may spill into U.S.

    01/30/2005 4:20:21 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 33 replies · 1,487+ views
    Express-News Mexico City Bureau ^ | 01/30/2005 | Dane Schiller
    MEXICO CITY — Legendary Colombian cocaine king Pablo Escobar is as dead as Pancho Villa. But the way he and other capos unleashed terror, before the government killed them years ago, offers lessons for both forces as Mexican President Vicente Fox vows to wage the "mother of all wars" against this nation's drug cartels. If the cartels feel greatly threatened, they could strike harder at civilians, police and government institutions, and upgrade from guns to bombs. But if the mafias get too bold, the government could unleash all its power, and cartels seldom are a match for armies. It's a...
  • Inmate accounts frozen over alleged money laundering

    10/18/2004 8:38:07 AM PDT · by LNewman · 3 replies · 375+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | October 18, 2004 | AP
    SACRAMENTO – Suspecting that drug money may have been laundered through the state's toughest prison, officials at the Department of Corrections have frozen the inmate trust accounts of 14 Mexican Mafia members, a newspaper reported Sunday. The Sacramento Bee said the action followed an audit released in early September in which investigators found that two members of the Mexican Mafia housed in Pelican Bay State Prison's Security Housing Unit, or SHU, each had more than $20,000 in their accounts. Two others had more than $10,000, and seven more had accounts ranging from $1,700 to $5,200.
  • 'Severe blow' to Mexican Mafia

    01/24/2004 4:34:48 AM PST · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 686+ views
    SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | January 24, 2004 | J. Harry Jones and Onell R. Soto
    Following an eight-month, multi-agency investigation that began with a tip that the Mexican Mafia was planning to kill a county law enforcement officer, 35 people have been indicted on charges that authorities say cuts deep into a segment of local organized crime. Seven of those who were indicted Thursday by a special county grand jury were arrested yesterday during a pre-dawn sweep. Twenty-two others were already in custody on various charges and six people remain at large, said Deputy District Attorney Mark Amador, who coordinated the investigation. It is unclear how many are U.S. citizens, although most Mexican Mafia members...
  • Police Say Taos Ripe for Gang War

    11/16/2003 2:49:28 PM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies · 724+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | Sunday, November 16, 2003 | Kathryn Holzka
    Sunday, November 16, 2003 Police Say Taos Ripe for Gang War By Kathryn HolzkaFor the Journal    TAOS— Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos is known worldwide for its celebrities, art galleries, scenery and one of the world's best ski areas.     But violence and gang warfare have descended on this county of about 30,000, which once attracted peace-loving hippies.     A State Police officer's recent affidavit after a string of burglaries and a triple homicide says an "active gang war climate exists in Taos."     Law enforcement agencies from around the state have helped in the crackdown on...