We had just saved the founder of the Mexican Mafia’s life by arresting
him and sending him to prison. But he wouldn’t be grateful. He would
quickly eliminate anyone he suspected of making the heroin buy for the
police that got him arrested until he narrowed it down to Buzz.
Each former or active Sheriff’s detective was there to pay his last
respects to a neighborhood hero. No one made them come, and many of
their peers would have probably ridiculed them for coming to the
funeral of a “snitch.” But none of the ridiculers knew what Mad Dog had
done to make Los Angeles a safer place. Not many people knew, not even
his own family.
The two burly deputies wanted to book him, but I was interested in hearing his story. Hype gang members do not normally seek out the police or walk into a police station. Just for my safety I patted him down for weapons and had him remove his shirt. I saw that he was heavily tattooed with prison and gang tats. His arms proclaimed that he was “Spider” from the infamous “White Fence” gang.
“You have who!” I overheard the other party yell over the phone. “He is
a four-man escort here at Folsom, a member of the Mexican Mafia, and a
danger to all inmates and staff. He is a convicted cop killer!”
I was assigned to L.A.’s Men’s Central Jail, Module 2400, without the
benefit of any custody training at all. There were about 250 inmates
divided among the four rows of the module. Rows A and B were on the
bottom and rows C and D on the top.
Suddenly, a night of fun became a night of terror as multiple muzzle flashes lit the night from the interior of the blue Impala. Bang! Bang! Bang! “Crip!” Followed by: Bang! Bang! “Palm ‘n Oak!” echoed in the crowded streets. Streaking sparks marked the bullet strikes as they ricocheted off the streets and sidewalks. The crowd ran in panic in all directions from the sounds of the gun fire. Some victims fell wounded. But inside the blue Impala the occupants were laughing. They got off a few mo
The traditional gang culture is a “macho” lifestyle where women are only second-class members. Like the cheerleaders on the football team; they wear the colors, and support the team, but they are not allowed to play. When they are given a role, it is often to act as the intelligence unit or spies for the gang.
The prison gang defector, even after cooperating with law enforcement, is still a formidable and dangerous predator. His mental and criminal cunning, his tactical combat experience, and even his drug addiction remain dangerous to you.