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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

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

Gangs Abandon Honor for an Unholy Alliance

The lure of filthy lucre is too great. Gang members betray the ancient warrior's code of conduct for new tires and fancy rims, or a dime bag of dope. Honor is replaced by "bling."

May 5, 2010

Facing the Facts of Gang Denial

Facing the Facts of Gang Denial

Denial and minimization of a gang problem allows the city's criminal gangs to take root. It also thwarts proactive anti-gang measures.

April 19, 2010

Mexican Mafia: The Most Dangerous Gang

Mexican Mafia: The Most Dangerous Gang

No matter which big bad bloody band of barrio bad boys you might be dealing with, I'll bet they are taking their orders from prison-gang inmates. And when one prison gang member can walk with immunity into some street gang's turf and order them to murder one of their own, that's a clue.

April 12, 2010

Sureño Tattoos and Symbols

Sureño Tattoos and Symbols

Sureños can be found in every major city in the U.S. They can be found in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and South America. The big transnational super gangs such as Florence, 18th Street, and Mara Salvatrucha threaten the stability of some Central American nations.

March 3, 2010

Gangs in the Military: Loyalty to Homeboys or Homeland?

How to Assess Gang Threats

Most gangs frown on a policy of open Jihad against the police. Their natural enemies are not the police but rival gangs. Traditionally, the police were more of an annoyance and only collateral targets if at all.

December 10, 2009

Los Wonder Boys and the Mexican Sureño Movement

Mexican authorities continue to report a steady rise in "Sureño" gang activity in San Luis, Mexico. This has become a serious concern for both Mexican law enforcement and the general public.

September 24, 2009

Gang Enablers and Co-Dependents

These supposed “non-gang” gang supporters are too often shown leniency by the prosecutors and courts. They have as much culpability for the acts of the gang members they support as the actual drug dealing murderers. The bloody violence clearly stains the gang supporter’s hands as well, and it is their actions that make the violence possible.

September 15, 2009

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