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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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<p><em><strong>Operation Anaconda. Photo: Richard Valdemar.</strong></em></p>

Mara Salvatrucha: A Transnational Gang  

April 5, 2011
Autonomous cliques of the Mara Salvatrucha gang communicate internationally through the same social networks we use, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other Web sites. Drug transactions can be coordinated through these social networks as can green light or hit lists, and even simultaneous prison riots or escape attempts from Central American prison systems.
<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.
Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

Gang Finances: Living Off the Grid  

February 15, 2011
Gang members belong to a gangster culture, believing that only lame punks do menial work for "the man." Why be a lowly worker, when you can be the boss? As a carjacker, burglar, armed robber, or drug dealer, you are the boss. You own your own business. You call the shots.
Los Angeles attorney Richard Fine was jailed and disbarred, when he exposed the fact that Superior Court judges have been receiving illegal money under the table from county supervisors in addition to their lawful salary from the state. He made the October 2010 cover of California Lawyer.

Equal Justice Under the Law?  

February 8, 2011
If ending corruption is the real goal, let's apply all the regulations equally across the board. I can support mandatory financial disclosure for all gang-unit officers, if this attempt to ensure equal justice under the law is applied to all corruptible government employees equally.

Prison Shanks  

February 1, 2011
The jail-made "shank" is fashioned from this material by sharpened by scraping the metal on concrete floors. A handle is fashioned from paper or cloth. Since the length of the shank is small, the handle is often held in the palm of the fist with the blade protruding from between the middle and ring fingers like a push dagger.

Edged Weapons and Gang Culture  

February 1, 2011
Edged-weapon gang culture flourished most prominently in American jails and prisons. Every inmate is expected to be able to defend himself. Gang members take this to mean they must be armed with an edged weapon.
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