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Richard Valdemar

Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.
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Blog - Gangs - June 2010

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In a recent seizure, Zapata County Sheriff deputies confiscated 3,500 AK-47 rounds and 320 military issue .50 caliber machine-gun rounds. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

Mexican Cartel Violence: None Dare Call It Terrorism  

June 21, 2010
In the last three years, 23,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Mexican drug gang violence. This daily body count rivals totals from Iraq and Afghanistan, but the U.S. downplays any "cross-border spillover" or homeland security threat. None dare call this terrorism.
El Paso (foreground) and Juarez (background) are on the front line of a border war between law enforcement and Mexican cartels. Photo via Flickr.com (Paul Garland).

The Border War With Mexican Cartels  

June 14, 2010
The word "war" is not just hyperbole; it correctly describes what is going on. It's estimated that the violence—kidnapping and murder—has driven 400,000 locals out of the Juarez area with an estimated 30,000 fleeing to El Paso and beyond. A U.S. border sheriff claimed that the cartels printed fliers ordering his residents to evacuate their homes in the border area or they would be murdered.
Photo of 1997 infant murder scene in Santa Ana, Calif.  The crime scene was a converted garage in which the "high priest" conducted occult rituals to a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican "saints" and deities. The picture depicts one of the main altars with the Mexican drug cartel saint "Santa Muerte" (Holy Angel of Death).

Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Part 2 of 2)  

June 2, 2010
Some human sacrifices to Santa Muerte have been claimed in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo in 2006. In 2008, 11 headless bodies were found in the Yucatan and the heads were said to have been burned in honor of Santa Muerte.

Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Part 1 of 2)  

June 1, 2010
In a strange way, the iconography ties together much of the evil perpetrated by the gangs that are trafficking in drugs and human beings and their violent inhuman behavior. There is a spiritual dimension to their madness and recognition of the signs and symbols of their belief system can help you identify them.
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