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Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses

Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses

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.

September 21, 2011

Book Excerpt: Officer's Discretion

Book Excerpt: Officer's Discretion

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.

August 24, 2011

Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.

Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.

Operation Black Flag was another "staggering and comprehensive blow" to California's most powerful gang, according to U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte. However, the La EME prison gang has proved to be resilient to extermination. Mexican Mafia leaders have managed to operate their criminal enterprise from the most secure housing units in the most secure prisons in America.

August 9, 2011

The Best Argument Against the Death Penalty

The Best Argument Against the Death Penalty

Former Mexican Mafia leader Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza's motivation for writing, "Mexican Mafia: The Gang of Gangs," is to get the book into the hands of gang members and inmates in the hope that it might prevent them from following in his footsteps. His intent is to break the negative brainwashing the prison gangs utilize and illuminate the path to redemption.

July 14, 2011

Gangs and Lowrider Car Shows

Gangs and Lowrider Car Shows

If I worked a gang unit in your area, I would send plainclothes officers inside to monitor any Lowrider shows near your jurisdiction. I would also watch carefully and stop in unannounced at your local Lowrider custom shop. These shops are often also stolen car chop shops.

July 5, 2011

Understanding Inmate Codes of Conduct

Understanding Inmate Codes of Conduct

I've always marveled at this irony. Young men who rebel against authority and parental control, who commonly hate school, hate memorizing verses and symbols, hate reading history, hate learning new languages, and hate participating in physical education, enjoy doing all these things for their prison gang leaders.

April 25, 2011

La Cosa Nostra: Alive and Kicking

La Cosa Nostra: Alive and Kicking

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.

March 15, 2011

Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

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.

February 1, 2011

Do You Speak Nahuatl?

Do You Speak Nahuatl?

Mexicans and Mexican Americans who can barely say taco are being taught dialects of the ancient Aztec language Nahuatl. In California prisons both the Mexican Mafia and the rival Nuestra Familia use this Aztec mythology to recruit and train soldiers for their wars.

January 18, 2011

A Nahuatl Dictionary

A Nahuatl dictionary was intercepted in a prison in September 2000. It contains the code to the ancient Aztec language now being used by gang members. Break the code by learning these translated terms.

January 18, 2011

Blood Brothers: Cartel Ties That Bind

Blood Brothers: Cartel Ties That Bind

Like the unwanted dandelions that sprout in lawns, cartel and gang partners continue to adapt and survive. The systematic corruption of our police, courts and political system is their goal.

January 4, 2011

When the Mexican Mafia Takes Out a Pawn

Art Romo's association with high powered La Eme members, his loyal service as a liaison to the drug cartels, his close association to Mexican Mafia lawyers, and his usefulness as a front man, meant nothing when challenged by a real made member.

November 9, 2010

Los Angeles Times Story Threatens Safety of Key Witness

Understandably, witnesses often have deep fears of retaliation by other gang members. That didn't dissuade Times Staff Writer Victoria Kim from exercising extremely poor judgment in reporting the names of witnesses who testified at the trial.

October 4, 2010

Behavior and Group Dynamics In Gangs

Sociologists believe that a gang will take on the morals, or lack of morals, of the worst members and often exceed that lack of morals. This behavior often manifests itself in most or all of the gang's members, especially when they are together.

August 31, 2010

How Gangs Orchestrate Home Invasion Robberies

To diminish the possible loss of too many resources, Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) developed a policy of utilizing three separate houses to deal dope—one for the money, one for the drugs and one for the leadership. In this way, local gang jack teams, rival DTO teams, or the police might get one house, but very rarely all three.

August 10, 2010