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Weekend Series on Crime: The Mexican Mafia Organization

Weekend Series on Crime: The Mexican Mafia Gang

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Drug Cartels Operate Freely in Small Calif. Towns

In these small little towns in California, not only are some of the politicians extremely corrupt, but they’ve become places where gangs and Mexican and Colombian drug cartels operate freely.  Investigative reporter Jeffrey Anderson examines the problem.
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By Jeffrey Anderson
Washington Times

BELL, Calif. —  The gang graffiti that coats freeway overpasses, exit signs and the concrete banks of the Los Angeles River attests to a problem more alarming than the recent revelations of hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual salaries for public officials.

Street gangs, a powerful prison gang known as the Mexican Mafia and even more powerful drug-trafficking organizations based in Mexico and Colombia operate freely in this small city and the similarly sized cities surrounding it.

News reports in recent weeks have focused on three Bell city officials who resigned on July 26 amid revelations that they were being paid up to $800,000 per year in a city of 36,000 where the average annual household income is less than $40,000. California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Monday announced that he issued subpoenas to current and former members of Bell’s city government, adding that his office also is investigating allegations of “possible illegal election conduct by Bell officials.”

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Rival Prison Gangs Working Together on Outside with Drug Cartels, Feds Say

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Sometimes law enforcement wishes not everyone got along.

USA Today reports that rival prison gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican Mafia “are brokering unusual criminal alliances outside prison to assist Mexican drug cartel operations in the U.S. and Mexico.”

Inside the prisons, the paper reported, the groups remain bitter enemies, the paper says.

Kevin O’Keefe, chief of ATF’s criminal intelligence division, tells the paper that says investigators have tied the rival gangs to some stolen vehicles flush with cash and weapons headed toward locations like Mexico and Texas.

“They realize that the financial gain is so lucrative that they have been willing to work together,” O’Keefe told USA Today. “It’s all about business.”

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Feds Arrest More than a Dozen Mexican Mafia Gang Members in San Diego Area

Mexican Mafia art and tattoos/az dept. of corrections
Mexican Mafia art and tattoos/az dept. of corrections

Usually the word “Mafia” is a good indication that a group is up to no good. The Mexican Mafia has been up to a lot of no good over a good period of time, authorities say.

By Angelica Martinez
San Diego Union-Tribune
SAN DIEGO — More than a dozen gang members connected to the Mexican Mafia prison gang were arrested early Friday and accused of attempted murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking in San Diego County, authorities said.
Officials have charged 40 people – 17 of whom were arrested early Friday – in connection with the nearly year long investigation, dubbed “Operation Keys to the City”, that targeted the notorious prison gang, officials said at an afternoon news conference downtown.
Two criminal complaints charge 36 defendants with federal racketeering, firearm offenses and drug trafficking violations.
U.S. Attorney General Karen Hewitt described the Mexican Mafia and its connection to Latino street gangs as a rigid hierarchy comprised of “members”, “associates” and “soldiers” whose criminal enterprise spills into the community.
Some of the alleged crimes involved paying “taxes”, which officials say is the term used by gang members who use violent acts to extort payments from victims.
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