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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.

Blog - Gangs - March 2012

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East Coast Gangs  

March 29, 2012
Are street gangs from different geographic regions really different? Are West Coast gangs different from Midwest Gangs? Are East Coast gangs different from Southern gangs? The answer is they are all the same with a few "twists of lemon."
<p>Two expressions of Sure&ntilde;o gang allegience include the Aztec symbol for 13 (left) and the Nahuatl word &quot;kanpol.&quot; Photo: Rich Valdemar</p>

Sureños: Understanding Kanpol and Pilli  

March 14, 2012
Sureños identify with the color blue and use tattoos with the number 13, sureño, sur, south sider, or "kanpol" (a word taken from the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl that means southerner).
<p>Frank &quot;Bosco&quot; Marquez and Anna &quot;Banana&quot; Reed. Photos: Richard Valdemar</p>

Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part II  Law Enforcement Only

March 6, 2012
The girlfriend was provided with a “burnout phone.” A burnout phone is one that would be operational for a few months before being burned out. By that time the bill would have grown to many thousands of dollars, which they had no intention of paying.
<p>These heroin &quot;tomatillos&quot; were seized in Men&#39;s Central Jail in the mid-1990s. Photo: Richard Valdemar</p>

Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part I  Law Enforcement Only

March 1, 2012
Sometimes separate local, state, or county police are used for physical surveillance. Occasionally when intercepted communications seem to have gone dormant, the surveillance team will also be used to deliberately arrest or conduct a traffic stop on individuals to cause them to increase their criminal communications or "tickle the wire."
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