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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 - March 2011

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<p>Photo via Flickr (StevenM_61).</p>

Corruption In Collegiate Athletics  

March 29, 2011
The abuses from professional sports would eventually taint college recruitment. Money under the table, trips to strip clubs and topless bars, and steroid and other strength enhancing substances used by players scandalized the college recruitment system.

Encounters with Bloods and Crips  

March 22, 2011
Whether on duty or off duty, whether you are a federal agent or a county sheriff, whether intended or unintended, close encounters with Blood and Crip gang members can be very dangerous.
<p>(From l. to r.) Rafael "Chispas" Sandoval, Jimmy Capola of the Gambino family, and Robert "Robot" Salas. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

La Cosa Nostra: Alive and Kicking  

March 15, 2011
On the strength of 16 indictments, federal agents arrested 119 alleged members of La Cosa Nostra Sicilian Mafia in late-January raids in the Northeast. This was an outstanding blow against the Mob, but it's not a fatal blow.
<p>The author is second from right. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

Hells Angels: Taking Away Their Toys  

March 8, 2011
When you plan a raid of Hell Angels outlaw motorcycle gang locations for felons, drugs, and guns, don't assume you'll encounter good old boys who ride bikes as a hobby and don't mean to hurt anyone.

Roots of the Armenian Power Gang  

March 1, 2011
In Los Angeles, the Armenian Power street gang was linked not only to the Sureño alliance and the Mexican Mafia prison gang, but also to their elders in the Armenian organized crime groups. They often victimized members of their own community, and supported the radical politically motivated acts of groups such as the JCAG.
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