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Richard Valdemar

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 - December 2010

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The brutal murder of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena by a Mexican drug cartel is dramatized in the 1990 TV mini-series, "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story." Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

Blood Brothers: Roots of a Cartel War  

December 29, 2010
Like the evolution of the Italian Mafia in U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago, Mexican smugglers or "contrabandistas" evolved from crude thuggish beginnings to more criminally sophisticated organized crime groups.

LAPD's CRASH vs. LASD's OSS  

December 21, 2010
You don't become a gang expert overnight. You don't become qualified to testify in court in just a couple of years. LAPD rotated its officers in and out of CRASH gang units and station areas, but the OSS gang deputies remained in OSS and LASD stations for years, allowing them to develop greater, more complete expertise.

Florence 13: The Other Transnational Gang  

December 14, 2010
The Los Angeles Sheriff's OSS Gang Task Force targeting the F-13 gang soon received information that the F-13 gang was enforcing Mexican Mafia orders to tax all drug dealers, to tax Sureño gangs, to kill rival blacks and run them out of the city, and to tax "Mica Mills" (counterfeit document mills) that produce fake identification and immigration documents.
Det. Sgt. James Bisetti retired from the Long Beach (Calif.) PD after a 30 year career, including 20 as a gang cop.

Gangs: The 'Ultimate' In Police Work  

December 9, 2010
In his years as a gang cop, Sgt. James Bisetti witnessed few gang members in Long Beach, which is primarily a Crip-gang city, successfully leave gang life.
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