Criminal Anatomy The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs Mass arrests in Los Angeles highlight the huge gang operation running sections of the city but putting these people in prison could make it even worse. Federal officials spent Wednesday arresting members of the Boyle Heights-based street gang which has strong ties to La Eme.
History[ edit ] The Mexican Mafia was formed in by 13 Hispanic street gang members from different Los Angeles neighborhoods who were all incarcerated at the Deuel Vocational Institutiona California Youth Authority facility, which is now an adult state prison in Tracy, California.
Gang warfare between Hispanic neighborhoods was the norm during the s and 60s, so the fact that Luis Flores was able to get established enemies to set aside their rivalries upon entry into the prison system was something that was not thought possible.
This Mexican mafia exists to the present day. Hispanic street gangs like White FenceThe AvenuesClanton 14, San Fer, Barrio Nuevo Estradaand the oldest of them, Primera Flats, were already into their second decade and firmly established as self-sustaining entities.
La Eme member Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza claims that in the beginning the overall goal was to terrorize the prison system and enjoy prison comforts while doing time.
It is said that the name "Mexican Mafia" was to show organization similar to the American Mafia but it was later changed to not be confused with it. Furthermore, the black hand symbol was a reference to the Black Hand of the early 20th century. Cheyenne Cadena arrived on the lower yard of San Quentin and was met by a six-foot-five, pound black inmate who kissed him.
Cadena returned a short time later, walked up to the unsuspecting predator, and stabbed him to death with a jailhouse knife, or Shiv. There were more than a thousand inmates on the yard and no witnesses stepped forward.
Some of the early members were from the Los Angeles area, but NF soon drew inmates primarily from rural communities in Northern California. The Mexican Mafia saw Nuestra Familia as inferior and "just a bunch of farmers", or farmeros.
However, in at San Quentin, a full-scale riot broke out after a Mexican Mafia soldier, or soldado, stole a pair of shoes from a Nuestra Familia sympathizer.
Nineteen inmates were stabbed and one La Eme associate ended up dead. Many assaults and murders of members of both groups have occurred as a result of each organization claiming the title of "Mexican Mafia" within the Arizona prison system.
They have created their own rules and regulations and have established an organizational structure. The leader, approved by the members, has the power to solely decide important issues.
Culture[ edit ] Law enforcement believes that La Eme presently is not presided over by a single leader.
Many Mexican Mafia members have the authority to order murders and oversee various other criminal activities. The penalty for refusing orders or failing to complete an assigned task is often death.
These include becoming an informantacts of homosexuality, acts of cowardice, and showing disrespect against fellow gang members. According to gang policy, a member of the Mexican Mafia may not be murdered without prior approval by a vote of three members, yet the murder of non-members requires no formal approval.
Prior to the establishment of the oath, members of the Mexican Mafia were allowed to return to their street gangs after incarceration. The new oath stipulated that the only way for a member to leave the Mexican Mafia was to be killed.
Flores and Cadena also established a set of gang commandments. These included policies such as: Execution of a member of the gang for policy violation must be committed by the gang member who sponsored him.
La Eme has a blood-in, blood-out credo: Murder or drawing of blood is a prerequisite for membership and anyone trying to get out will be killed. A member may not be an informant, or rat.
A member may not be a coward. A member may not raise a hand against another member without approval.Watch video · More than 80 people were charged in federal indictments targeting Mexican Mafia operations involving drug smuggling into county jails and extortion of inmates, federal officials in .
The Mexican Mafia, or la Eme, is at the top of a Hispanic organized crime hierarchy that includes both prison and street gangs in California. According to most accounts, the La Eme was formed in by Luis "Huero Buff" Flores. The Mexican Mafia, also known as La eMe (Spanish for the letter M) is an American originated mostly Mexican-American criminal organization and is one of the .
A Texas-based drug dealer and former member of the so-called Mexican Mafia testified Wednesday about murdering an associate in James Chapa, 53, told a court in San Antonio that he and fellow. MEXICAN MAFIA – La Eme. The notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang was founded by Luis “Huero Buff” Flores, Mundo Mendoza, Joe “Peg leg” Morgan and Eddie Gonzales in July at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California.
The Mexican Mafia (Spanish: Mafia Mexicana), also known as La eMe (Spanish for "the M"), is a highly organized Mexican American criminal organization in the United States.
Despite its name, the Mexican Mafia did not originate in Mexico, and is entirely a U.S. criminal prison organization.