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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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<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxually/&quot;>maxually</a></p>

Medical Marijuana: California's Biggest Losers  

October 27, 2011
Wake up California; you've been sold a lie. This lie has allowed the Mexican (and other) cartels and gangs to produce huge crops of unregulated marijuana here in our state. These fields produce hybrid dope high in THC content and high in illicit profit. For this, some men are willing to kill.
<p>LASD Deputy Jerry Ortiz (left) and Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang member Jose Luis &quot;Sepy&quot; Orozco.</p>

Gang Profile: Varrio Hawaiian Gardens  

October 20, 2011
Varrio Hawaiian Gardens was a Sureño gang fiercely loyal to the Mexican Mafia, and the Mafia was in a racial war against Blacks. Varrio Hawaiian Gardens (HG) was also known as the "Hate Gang" because of the hate crimes it had committed against African Americans.
<p>Photo: Richard Valdemar.</p>

Chicano Power and the Brown Berets  

October 11, 2011
Although the Brown Berets claimed to be advocates of education and the politically informed, the majority of the Brown Beret members were high school drop-outs, and many were street gang members. They were motivated more by marijuana than the moratorium.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/puroticorico/&quot;>puroticorico</a>.</p>

The Hidden Agendas of Latino Activists  

October 5, 2011
Across the U.S., there are numerous highly placed lawyers, and city, state, and national officeholders who came through the university system in the southwest where liberal professors preached these La Raza racist ideas and taught the myth of Aztlan. They are representatives of the mythical land of Aztlan and believe—"For the Race everything. Outside the Race nothing."
<p>A U.K. Royal Marine crouches in a poppy field in Afghanistan as a Chinook helicopter lifts off. Photo: <strong id=&quot;yui_3_4_0_3_1317173839841_1097&quot;><a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/defenceimages/&quot;>Defence Images</a>.</strong></p>

Homeboys and the Return of Heroin  

September 27, 2011
Heroin's old dirty image is being revamped to appeal to the younger generation. Heroin that is smokable or snortable can be marketed to avoid the old associations with dirty hypodermic needles.
<p>Peter &quot;Sana&quot; Ojeda (second from l.) is seen in federal prison with his Mexican Mafia  &quot;carnals&quot; (brothers). Photo: Richard Valdemar.</p>

Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses  

September 21, 2011
The Mexican Mafia is composed of cell-like cliques united in a coalition under the umbrella name. These cliques or sub-groups are led by informal charismatic leaders who function under the overall gang structure. Sometimes the nature of this beast aids law enforcement gang fighters in delivering the critical blow.
<p>Photo: Paul Chabot.</p>

Mexican Drug Cartels: The Battle Against Evil  

September 13, 2011
Beheadings, mass murders, and Al-Qaeda-style car bombs have become part of life in certain areas of Mexico. For America, terror is at our doorsteps and is creeping into our shadows. Without a new strategy to fight this war, drug cartels and every other evil organization around the globe will present a bleak future for the free world.
<p>Photo: Richard Valdemar.</p>

An EPIC Fail In the Border War  

September 7, 2011
Despite the federal government's politically correct definition of "cross border violence," my experience and intelligence sources tell me that "cross border violence" by these cartels and gangs has been going on inside this country for decades. In Los Angeles, Mexican nationals commit as many murders as all the street gangs do each year; and 95 percent of outstanding warrants are for Mexican nationals.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/11635866@N07/2707644487/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>pattiane</a>.</p>

Iraqis, Grenades, and Mexican Cartels  

September 1, 2011
In a federal indictment charging the suspects, it was alleged that the center of their criminal operation was an Iraqi social club in El Cajon, and authorities say the suspects distributed drugs supplied by Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel to the Detroit area.
<p>Cover of &quot;Mexican Mafia: Gang of Gangs.&quot;</p>

Book Excerpt: Officer's Discretion  

August 24, 2011
I wish to share with the reader a police traffic stop that almost ended in tragedy. It is a lesson in human nature and a training reminder for those in law enforcement who have exercised a police option called "officer's discretion" — giving an offender a break.
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