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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...
  • 88 arrested, 147 charged in massive operation against Hawaiian Gardens gang (Mexican connection)

    05/23/2009 10:54:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1,892+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 05/21/2009 08:02:14 PM PDT | Tracy Manzer
    Slaying of Deputy Jerry Ortiz triggered four-year investigation HAWAIIAN GARDENS - Almost 1,400 law enforcement officials converged on Hawaiian Gardens in a series of pre-dawn raids Thursday as part of the largest federal indictment against a street gang in United States history. Varrio Hawaiian Gardens, Hawaiian Gardens' oldest and most notorious gang, waged a racist campaign to eliminate black people from the community via attempted murders and other crimes, according to the federal racketeering indictments that werei unsealed Thursday. A total of five indictments charged 147 members and associates of the gang, and federal, state and local law enforcement officials...
  • Attacks kill 7 Mexican police in Tijuana

    04/28/2009 2:37:31 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 458+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 28, 2009
    TIJUANA, Mexico — Seven police officers were assassinated in about an hour's time in what authorities said Tuesday was a coordinated effort that followed months of relative calm in a border city stricken by drug-fueled violence. Three officers were injured. Municipal police detained three or four people after Monday night's attacks, said Jose Manuel Yepiz, spokesman for the Baja California state attorney general's office. He did not have additional details. After four officers were killed by gunfire outside a convenience store, police scanners hummed with "narcocorridos," or drug ballads. One voice threatened over the airwaves that 30 officers would be...
  • Mexican cartels already in state - "No. 1 threat" to Oklahoma

    04/27/2009 2:23:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 3,296+ views ^ | 4/26/2009 | RON JACKSON
    Crossing a Mexican drug cartel usually comes with a price — death. On the U.S.- Mexico border, that price is being paid daily with an endless stream of execution-style slayings in a war to control drug routes to the north. As Mexican officials crack down on these cartels, violence spreads. Lives are merely the cost of doing business, and since 2007 the international press has documented more than 7,400 drug war-related murders on the border. Police are gunned down in public squares. Failed drug smugglers are tortured to death and bound from head to toe in duct tape. Enemies are...
  • Mexican cartels unloading drugs to Italian mafia

    04/22/2009 9:27:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 391+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | April 20, 2009 | JASON TRAHAN
    Mexican drug traffickers are funneling cocaine to Italian organized crime, and some shipments are moving through Dallas. "We've got some of the major cartel members established here dealing their wares in Europe," said James Capra, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas office. .... Across the Atlantic, demand for cocaine is high and prices are up. A kilo sold for $20,000 in Dallas is worth up to three times as much overseas, experts say. Mexican cartel operatives in North Texas "are dealing with Italy, Spain, you name it," he said. "They can operate their logistical center from here and coordinate...
  • Gangs members are in Garfield County, not just ‘wannabes’

    04/18/2009 9:46:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,781+ views
    Citizen Telegram ^ | April 16, 2009 | MIKE McKIBBIN
    There are no gang “wannabes” in Garfield County, only gang “gonnabes,” said two sheriff’s deputies assigned to a recently formed anti-gang task force. Deputies J. Miller and J. McCune, who don’t use their real first names due to the potentially dangerous nature of their work, are members of the Threat Assessment Group, or TAG, in the sheriff’s department. The group was formed after jail staff noticed an increase in gang members from California and elsewhere among the inmate population. “Then we found some of them were hanging out by some of the schools, just off school property, trying to recruit...
  • Guatemala finds Mexico drug smuggler training camp (a ranch in Quiche)

    03/27/2009 8:14:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 425+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/09 | Sarah Grainger
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan security forces have discovered a camp run by Mexico's most violent drug gang where traffickers trained dozens of gunmen, police said on Friday. Security forces were tipped off about suspicious activity at a ranch in Quiche, in the central highlands, by residents who said men in ski masks were asking villagers to join their ranks, police chief Marlene Blanco said at a news conference. Two commanders of the Zetas, the armed wing of Mexico's Gulf cartel, and 37 recruits fled the camp before the police and army arrived, leaving behind 500 grenades, six rifles and...
  • Border Patrol battles influx of dangerous criminals

    03/25/2009 1:52:36 PM PDT · by AuntB · 24 replies · 1,518+ views
    KOLD TV News ^ | march 24, 2009 | Som Lisaius
    Border Patrol agents are arresting an increased number of dangerous criminals at the border, officials say. "We're talking about major things. Homicides, sex offenders, big robberies, armed robberies--things to that degree," says agent Mike Scioli. Scioli says more dangerous criminals are trying to enter the U.S. -- a disturbing yet growing trend along the southern border. This past weekend, a group of 34 illegals were apprehended by agents near Ajo. Two of them were members of a notorious and ruthless gang known as MS-13. How did agents find out? Finger prints and tattoos were a dead-giveaway. "These two individuals, not...
  • Mexican Mafia gang members arrested in San Diego

    02/13/2009 7:43:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 1,296+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/13/09 | Angelica Martinez
    More than a dozen gang members connected to the Mexican Mafia prison gang were arrested early Friday and accused of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking in San Diego County, authorities said. Officials have charged 40 people – 17 of whom were arrested early Friday – in connection with the nearly year long investigation, dubbed “Operation Keys to the City”, that targeted the notorious prison gang, officials said at an afternoon news conference downtown. Two criminal complaints charge 36 defendants with federal racketeering, firearm offenses and drug trafficking violations. U.S. Attorney General Karen Hewitt described the Mexican Mafia and its...
  • Mexican drug violence spills over into the US

    02/09/2009 5:54:00 PM PST · by shielagolden · 46 replies · 2,704+ views ^ | 02/09/09 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Mexican drug violence spills over into the US U.S. authorities are reporting a spike in killings, kidnappings and home invasions connected to Mexico's murderous cartels. And to some policymakers' surprise, much of the violence is happening not in towns along the border, where it was assumed the bloodshed would spread, but a considerable distance away, in places such as Phoenix and Atlanta. Investigators fear the violence could erupt elsewhere around the country because the Mexican cartels are believed to have set up drug-dealing operations all over the U.S., in such far-flung places as Anchorage, Alaska; Boston; and Sioux Falls, S.D....
  • Mexican troops take over police headquarters in Cancun

    02/09/2009 5:22:56 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 1,508+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 9, 2009 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexican troops today seized the municipal police headquarters in the resort city of Cancun as an investigation deepened into the slaying there of a recently retired army general. Scores of soldiers backed by two armored cars took over the offices amid press reports that Cancun's police chief and other officials may be implicated in the Feb. 2 torture-killings of Gen. Mauro Tello, his bodyguard and his driver. Cancun's public safety chief and six officers from its traffic police department were removed from their posts, the mayor's office said today. Federal investigators arrrested the public safety director, Francisco...
  • Members of L.A. gang that targeted blacks are convicted

    01/12/2009 6:21:12 PM PST · by granite · 8 replies · 740+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5:28 PM, January 12, 2009 | Scott Glover
    In a case that federal prosecutors trumpeted as the “largest ever” of its kind, 10 members and associates of the Florencia 13 street gang were convicted Monday on a range of federal charges, including racketeering, drug trafficking and attempted murder. The verdicts followed a 3 1/2-month trial in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana in which prosecutors told jurors of a widespread criminal enterprise directed by Mexican Mafia members, both on the street and in prison.
  • FBI says TV report endangered gang member[Mexican Mafia]

    12/04/2008 8:24:24 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 997+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/04/2008 | Guillermo Contreras
    A member of the Texas Mexican Mafia who admitted participating in two murders was moved from a federal jail for his own safety after a local television station erroneously reported that he was cooperating, authorities told a judge Wednesday. Ray Carrasco was moved last month after KENS-TV posted a video report on that talked about his plea deal but wrongly said he was cooperating with law officers, an FBI agent and a prosecutor said at Carrasco's plea hearing. “I can and will tell you he is not cooperating. Period,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Joey Contreras told U.S. District Judge Orlando...
  • New Details: 12 Gunmen Kill 8 at Restaurant along Texas Border

    12/01/2008 7:34:21 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 67 replies · 2,220+ views
    KRGV 5 ^ | December 01, 2008
    Over 40 Murders Reported this Week CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - New details on a deadly discovery across the border from El Paso. This morning police in Ciudad Juarez say at least 12 masked gun men opened fire inside an upscale seafood restaurant and killed at least eight people. The attack comes a day after seven men were found executed in a school soccer field in an upper class neighborhood in Juarez. In all, 40 murders were reported over the holiday week along the border near El Paso. Police say the men were armed with AK-47 and fired off more than...
  • Marijuana eradication efforts net 100,000 plants

    09/20/2008 9:59:32 AM PDT · by AuntB · 47 replies · 430+ views
    GateHouse News Service/MtShastaNews ^ | Sept. 17, 2008 | David Smith
    Yreka, Calif. - Siskiyou County Sheriff Rick Riggins said that approximately 100,000 marijuana plants were discovered at various garden locations in western Siskiyou County last week. Involved in the discoveries were the Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Eradication Team, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies, the United States Forest Service, the Department of Fish and Game, and the California Highway Patrol Air Division. Riggins noted that a representative from the Fish and Game Department came along to assess the damage to the environment caused by marijuana operations. Riggins said that on Friday, the agencies involved discovered a garden in the...
  • eputy is slain In front of his Los Angeles house

    08/04/2008 9:06:15 AM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies · 124+ views
    Daily Breeze Los Angeles ^ | Aug. 2, 2008 | Daily Breeze
    An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was gunned down outside his house at sunrise today in the gang-ridden Cypress Park area of Los Angeles, authorities said. Deputy Juan Escalante, 27, was a sheriff's deputy for two-and-a-half years, and was assigned to the county's Men's Central Jail, Los Angeles Police said. Escalante was found by his wife and his mother after a car passed by his house, and someone inside the vehicle fired about five shots, at 5:40 a.m., witnesses said. Police Chief William Bratton and Sheriff Lee Baca rushed to the scene, and Baca called this "a difficult day."...
  • Sheriff's deputy who was shot dead guarded highly dangerous inmates (Mex. Mafia hit?)

    08/04/2008 9:02:59 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 13 replies · 811+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/4/08 | Stuart Pfeifer and Tami Abdollah,
    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy gunned down Saturday outside his boyhood home in Cypress Park had been assigned to guard the most dangerous inmates in the county, including members of the notorious Mexican Mafia gang, authorities said Sunday. Los Angeles police and sheriff's officials said the prospect that Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was killed because of his work at the jail remained one of three possible motives. Investigators were also considering the possibility that neighborhood gang violence or a personal grudge were behind the killing. As of right now, all of those possibilities are on the table," said Los...
  • The Siege of Los Angeles

    04/21/2008 5:39:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 61 replies · 497+ views ^ | 04/21/2008 | Brett Winterble
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is off his rocker. This weekend residents of Los Angeles waited with bated breath to hear the State of the City Speech from the mayor. Most Angelenos looked forward to seeing the Mayor once again since it had been while: in the wake of a sex scandal he had all but permanently relocated to the Hillary Clinton campaign bus for the last year and a half. Most residents already knew the State of the City: the City of Angels had become a much harder, more violent place what with the recent murder of Jamiel Shaw...
  • [Laredo:]Tracking gangs; Law officers see increase, but say it's all through traffic

    04/01/2008 12:07:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 693+ views
    Members of rival El Salvadorian gangs were arrested by Border Patrol agents over the weekend just north of Laredo on Interstate 35, an indicator of the increasing through traffic by violent gang members the Laredo Police Department has noticed in recent months."Mostly they're transient," said Sgt. Armando Elizondo, supervisor of LPD's Juvenile Enforcement Team, which deals with local gang activity. "They use this area as a crossing point." Sunday, a 22-year-old gang member was arrested by agents at the Texas Travel Information Center at the 18-mile marker on the interstate at about 2 p.m. He had tattoos showing he's a...
  • [Seven]Mexican Mafia members sentenced to life in prison

    03/21/2008 12:27:50 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 839+ views ^ | March 21, 2008
    FEDERAL COURT: A federal judge sentenced seven members of a notorious state prison gang to life in prison yesterday. The sentence by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw capped an extensive investigation into the Mexican Mafia that targeted upper echelon members of the gang on racketeering and conspiracy charges. The seven members of the gang sentenced yesterday were convicted by a jury after a monthlong trial that ended Jan. 4. The defendants were charged with a variety of crimes, including two murders, attempted murder, drug sales and money laundering. In October, two top members of the gang, Raul Leon and Salvador...
  • [South Texas:]Mexican Mafia thug is arrested by BP agents

    03/20/2008 7:10:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 609+ views
    Border Patrol agents arrested a member of the Mexican Mafia on Tuesday and charged him with smuggling illegal immigrants, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.Agents from the Laredo South station arrested the gang member after receiving reports of suspicious activity near Rio Bravo, as the Rio Grande is called in Mexico. The release states that the vehicle driven by the Mexican Mafia member matched the description of a car seen near the location of the suspicious activity. When agents stopped the vehicle, occupied by a driver and four passengers, they performed an immigration inspection. The agents...
  • Gang Members Get Trained in the Army

    03/10/2008 5:44:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1,436+ views
    New American Media ^ | March 9, 2008 | Claudia Núñez
    While hundreds of Mexican soldiers are deserting the army to join drug trafficking gangs, California is facing the opposite problem: A growing number of gang members here have infiltrated the U.S. Armed Forces in order to receive military training. The numbers speak for themselves: In 2003 there were just 16 incidents of gang members in the U.S. Armed Forces, while in 2006 the total was 10,309, according to the study, "Gang-Related Activity in the U.S. Armed Forces Increasing," released in 2007 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Twenty-two official entities, including the Los Angeles Police Department, participated in the...
  • Texas fugitive, murder suspect arrested in Mexico

    01/28/2008 8:46:55 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Jan. 27, 2008
    SAN ANTONIO — A murder suspect who bluffed his way out of a Texas jail in October has been returned to San Antonio after being arrested in central Mexico, the U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday. Mexican law enforcement officials captured David Sauceda, 28, on Saturday outside a house in the town of Tangancicuaro, about 200 miles northwest of Mexico City. Sauceda had been living there with his girlfriend and two children, officials said. Mexico deported Sauceda on immigration violations without going through standard extradition procedures, authorities said. "There wasn't an extradition issue at all," U.S. Marshal LaFayette Collins said in...
  • No One Here Gets Out Alive

    11/14/2007 4:22:08 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 63 replies · 335+ views
    Los Angeles City Beat ^ | 11/8/2007 | ANNETTE STARK
    The Mexican Mafia’s racial cleansing campaign targets L.A. In the words of the Rev, K.W. Tulloss, “the nightmare has come true.” Federal indictments unsealed on October 16 allege that leaders of the Florenza 13 (F 13s) gang acted on orders from the Mexican Mafia to cleanse their neighborhoods of African-American gang and non-gang members. “The most disturbing aspect is that gang members allegedly engaged in a series of attacks … that extended to innocent citizens who ended up being shot simply because of the color of their skin,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien. The news was a bitter pill...
  • [South Texas: Mexican Mafia murderer]Escapee flees to Mexico

    10/30/2007 12:25:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 72+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/29/2007 | Brian Chasnoff
    A slaying suspect who posed as his cellmate and walked out of Bexar County Jail this week has fled to Mexico, investigators said. Wearing his cellmate's clothes, David Sauceda, 27, tricked jail personnel early Sunday into thinking he was someone else, bypassed a fingerprinting system that a jail official said Monday was "mostly sound," and walked about two blocks to the home of an acquaintance, Bexar County sheriff's Capt. Jim Rickhoff said. The acquaintance drove Sauceda to a Northeast Side home, Rickhoff said. From there, Sauceda called a woman described as his girlfriend, who arrived with her two children, both...
  • Murder suspect assumes different ID, walks out of jail

    10/28/2007 7:31:51 PM PDT · by skully · 17 replies · 91+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 28, 2007 | The Associated Press
    SAN ANTONIO — A man facing charges of murder, aggravated robbery and burglary with intent to commit assault escaped from Bexar County Jail on Sunday after assuming the identity of another inmate, officials said.
  • Mexican Mafia smuggler gets five years [Laredo, Texas]

    02/01/2007 12:33:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 559+ views
    A member of a Mexican Mafia street gang was sentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term for human smuggling. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Jorge Espinoza, 41, on July 28. His arrest cames after he tried to smuggle a dozen illegal aliens hidden in the back of a tractor-trailer. Customs and Border Protection inspectors discovered the people when Espinoza tried to pass through the checkpoint near Interstate 35 in Laredo hidden in the back of a refrigerated tractor-trailer during the secondary inspection process. “ICE continues to turn up the pressure on violent criminals in order to dismantle their organizations...
  • Prisoner Gets 2nd Life Sentence For More Murders

    08/19/2006 5:47:41 AM PDT · by philetus · 5 replies · 292+ views
    CBS 2 ^ | Aug 19,2006 | U/K
    Prisoner Gets 2nd Life Sentence For More Murders (CBS) LOS ANGELES A member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who was already serving a life term in prison for murder received another life sentence Thursday for two more killings.
  • Grappling with Gangs [South Texas Pistoleros]

    06/25/2006 7:42:45 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 38 replies · 4,109+ views
    The Monitor ^ | June 25,2006 | Andres R. Martinez
    MISSION — Family and gang were one and the same for Leobardo Villarreal. So in March it was no coincidence that federal authorities finally arrested Villarreal, a 22-year-old second-generation member of the gang Hermano Pistoleros, through a tip they got after arresting his father and fellow gang member Juan Eladio Villarreal-Saenza, officials said. The Pistoleros, whom the FBI says Mexican drug cartels are hiring to run drugs and do contract killings, operate in Mexico and the United States. They are highly mobile, organized criminals who also happen to be illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. While the federal...
  • Mexican drug cartels take over U.S. cities

    06/18/2006 9:46:31 PM PDT · by seastay · 38 replies · 2,290+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 18, 2006 | Joseph Farah
    Mexican drug cartels operating in cities in the U.S. are buying up legitimate businesses to launder money and using some of the proceeds to win local mayoral and city council seats for politicians who can shape the policies and personnel decisions of their police forces, according to Rep. Tom Tancredo "The Tijuana-based Felix drug cartel and the Juarez-based Fuentes cartel began buying legitimate business in small towns in Los Angeles County in the early 1990s," "They purchased restaurants, used-car lots, auto-body shops and other small businesses. One of their purposes was to use these businesses for money-laundering operations. Once established...
  • Radical Networks in Middle East Prisons

    05/05/2006 12:35:55 AM PDT · by Say_America_In_English · 2 replies · 593+ views
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | May 4, 2006 | Chris Zambelis
    Radical Networks in Middle East Prisons By Chris Zambelis Prisons have traditionally been breeding grounds for some of the world's most violent street gangs and organized criminal organizations. The hostile and dangerous environment of prison life inspired the creation of a diverse array of well-organized gangs and networks that thrived behind prison walls in everything from extortion, drug and weapons trafficking, smuggling, gambling and other illicit activities. In a testament to their organizational capacity and reach, many gangs spread to prisons outside of their place of origin and continue to flourish among seasoned members released into the general public. Originally,...