Drug Czar Says Mexican Drug Gangs Taking Over Public Land

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  1. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    Drug Czar Says Mexican Drug Gangs Taking Over Public Land
    December 17, 2003

    Drug Czar John Walters, on a whistle-stop tour through California, accused violent Mexican drug cartels of taking over public land in the state’s parks to grow marijuana and, for the first time, opium. (This is likely not what President Bush had in mind two weeks ago when he signed the Healthy Forests Initiative, opening some public lands to private enterprise.) Walters, interviewed by the Associated Press during a stop in Sacramento, said that the cartels, none of which he named, are using the state’s rich lands to grow drugs in the United States, which they deem to be safer and more lucrative than risking interdiction at the U.S. border.

    Critics of the Bush administration and Walters have pounced on the drug czar. "It's a good thing for the federal government that it's not subject to the same laws that the rest of us are," said Bill Piper, Associate Director of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. "If it was, it would have to indict itself under the RAVE Act, which punishes innocent property owners who fail to stop drug offenses on their property. It would also have to spray deadly herbicides over state and national forests – and everyone camping in them – the way it does in Colombia. Other countries are no more able to stop people from growing drugs than we are in the United States,” said Piper. “But, as usual, the drug war has a double standard for those who are in power and those who are not."

    While in California, Walters met with and touted the state’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), which is made up of seventy local, state, and federal drug-enforcement organizations. This year CAMP seized a record 466,054 plants – including 40,000 opium poppies found along the border of Yosemite National Park – valued at $1.9 billion, seventy-five percent of which it says were seized while growing on public lands. Like Walters, though, CAMP plays fast and loose with the facts, claiming that eighty-four percent of drug seizures were made on large plantations “linked to Mexican gangs,” while giving no evidence to support such a claim. Typical of a Walters visit – which is always a talking-to and never a dialogue – the drug czar did not take questions after a speech yesterday and “was whisked away by [the] Secret Service to catch a flight back to Washington, D.C.,” according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
  2. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    Mara Salvatrucha 13 or MS-13

    This gang began as a result of people fleeing El Salvador as a result of a civil war. Refugees fled to the United States and some had connections to La Mara, a street gang in El Salvador. Some of the immigrants had once belonged to groups such as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and were trained as guerilla fighters. These Salvadoran guerrillas were known as "Salvatruchas." Here in the United States, as a result of prejudice of Hispanic gangs, they formed the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) gang. They quickly achieved recognition for their violence and sophistication.

    The gang, commonly referred to as MS-13, enforces an extensive hierarchy. Each local gang is divided into "cliques," which are further divided into smaller groups. Members range from 12-year-olds to adults. MS now includes members from many Latin countries. Common identifiers include the intials "MS-13," "M," "MS" or "Salvadorian Pride. Members often make the hand sign of the letter "M."

    The gang is active in Central America, the United States, Mexico and Canada. Since its inception in California and Washington, DC, Mara Salvatrucha members continues to plague many American cities. Many MS members continue to have close connections with El Salvador.

    Mara Salvatrucha gang members are known to be involved in all aspects of criminal activity. Because of their ties to their former homeland, they have access to sophisticated military weapons thus making firearms trafficking one of their main criminal enterprises. Other law enforcement agencies have reported MS members were exporting stolen cars to Central America. As with nearly all street gangs, the MS is also involved in drug sales, murder and other common gang crimes.

    ***This one is all over our area Quig, I know you have seen the tags.***
  3. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    Mexican mafia

    The creation and growth of the Mexican Mafia has been credited to Rodolfo Cadena and Joe Morgan. While serving time at the Duel Vocational Institute in Tracy, California several inmates complained of the abuse and racism in the California Prison system. White prison gangs such as the Blue Bird Gang controlled all activities within the prison walls. The Mexican-American inmates created the gang to protect themselves from other inmates and to control illegal activity behind bars. The Mexican Mafia remained unmolested until 1968 when their rivals, La Nuestra Familia was official organized. According to FBI documentation, as a direct result of the growing control and threat of the Mexican Mafia, the Black Guerilla Family and the Aryan Brotherhood were formed.

    Southern California street gangs banded together in prison, to combat the unified Northern California street gangs. Young street gang members began calling themselves Surenos, (Spanish word for Southerner). They were told that when they would be arrested, they would one day join the Mexican Mafia.

    Sureno street gang members often identify with the symbols XIII, X3, 13, and 3-dots. This refers to the 13th letter of the alphabet "M" which stands for Mexican Mafia. The gang identifies with the color blue and the words Sureno, Sur and Southerner. Other symbols include a black hand, La Eme (meaning 'the M' in Spanish) and MM (Mexican Mafia). Members of the Mexican Mafia align themselves with the Aryan Brotherhood and the Italian Mafia.

    The Mexican Mafia has been identified in nearly every federal and state institution in the United States. Sureno street gangs have been identified in every state in the country. Members have being involved in all facets of criminal activity.
    Maintaining close tabs on Mexican gangs is important. As they are rapidly increasing in numbers, they are also stepping up their acts of violence. Many times, innocent people are victims of their violent behavior, especially those who are celebrating a family function when the gangsters decide to crash it. There are several murders still under investigation in New York that have not been solved with an arrest of a perpetrator.

    These gangs are spreading to all types of neighborhoods, cities and towns. Rural areas with farms to work, major cities with restaurants to man and suburban areas with construction jobs to complete are areas which are likely to see influxes of immigrants from Mexico.

    In terms of officer safety, Mexican gang members can be very dangerous. This can be true for three reasons. First, these members consider themselves Cholos (gangsters) and may be involved in criminal activity. Second, these gang members view law enforcement as their enemy due to negative perceptions about police officers in Mexico. As a result of increased drug activity in Mexico, the DEA is now estimating that over 90% of Mexican police officers have been corrupted by Mexican illegal drug cartels/gangs. Thus, Mexican immigrants may have little trust in the police, and may have been victimized by police officers in their home country. Third, they may be particularly worried about contact with officers due to illegal immigrant status and their fear of being deported. Be careful!
  4. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    For a time Ingmar Guandique was considered a possible suspect in the murder of Chandra Levy, because he had attacked women when they were jogging in Washington's Rock Creek Park where her body was discovered. In fact, he was easy for police to question since he was already in jail, sentenced to 10 years for the violent attacks on two women plus a home burglary. Interestingly, even though there was a media firestorm over the Levy disappearance with a mind-deadening amount of superfluous detail, the mainstream press did not bother to mention that Mr. Guandique entered the country illegally. Like so many others, he benefited from the willingness of the INS and courts to engage in "catch and release," a practice more suitable to fly fishing than immigrant enforcement.
  5. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    The case of accused murderer Biswanath Halder brings up questions about legal immigration and whether failed assimilation is creating social time bombs. Halder is a naturalized US citizen, who immigrated from India as a 28-year-old adult in 1969 and became a citizen 11 years later. He was arrested for the murder of student Norman Wallace when Halder entered Case Western Institute of Technology on an apparent mission of revenge against another member of the university community whom Halder believed had hacked into his website. Halder held 140 people hostage in the campus building for seven hours before he was shot and captured by police.
    Halder was obviously psychologically disturbed for a long time: Even though Halder had a degree in engineering, he began receiving Social Security checks in the late 1980s for his "disabilities." He sued several companies for not hiring him, starting in 1990. He sued Case University over his website allegedly being hacked by a Case employee, but the suit was recently thrown out of court, a possible motive for the rampage. Was Halder someone with an obvious psychological problem when he originally applied to enter the US and never should have been admitted in the first place? Did a failure of cultural assimilation magnify a personality disorder into something much more dangerous? In 1993, he wrote, "The only thing I had in my mind when I created the Asian Indian Network was to serve my fellow countrymen," hardly the sentiments of an assimilated immigrant. Media interest in this case got up and died as soon as it was discovered that the shooter was not a white gun nut, and these sorts of questions have not been asked.
  6. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    Over on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, there have been 13 highway accidents involving hispanic workers since 2002 which have caused 18 fatalities. In addition, 90 people have been injured on area roadways during that time by foreigners, many of whom are illegal aliens working in agriculture. The deaths are about a quarter of the total fatalities during the period, while hispanics comprise about 5 percent of the local population.

    In all but three of the fatal accidents in which Hispanics were at the wheel, the drivers had no insurance. In most cases, the vehicles had no inspection stickers, the drivers carried no license and alcohol was a factor.

    One of the persons killed was Debbie Thomas, shown here, who was the mother of three. She was killed in a head-on collision on Christmas Eve 2003 when her car was struck by a car being driven in the wrong direction. The offending driver, Narciso Garcia-Jimenez, escaped from his hospital bed and is still at large. The car he drove had no inspection sticker and was registered to another person. When Debbie's mom learned that her daughter's killer had not been killed in the wreck but had escaped, she said she felt "angry, bitter and sad, all at once."
  7. martin97

    martin97 Fuel busted Trucker. Founding Member

    Jose Ramirez is every American father's nightmare. The illegal alien from El Salvador beat up a 15-year-old girl after whistling at her. He broke her nose, fractured a bone in her face and produced cuts requring 30 stitches. The man worked in construction in Spotsylvania, Virginia, where the attack occurred, and resisted arrest to the point where police had to taser him.
    The 28-year-old Ramirez of Prince William County was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and abduction with the intent to defile. Both charges carry potential life sentences. He is being held with no bond.

    Police said he whistled at the girl as she walked by, then became enraged after the girl did not respond. Ramirez is accused of then running after the girl and pummeling her in the face and head, Kocher said.
    According to authorities, the attacker then tried to drag the victim, fleeing into some woods only after a co-worker yelled for him to stop.

    Apparently Ramirez thought this kind of behavior was not objectionable, since he attacked the girl in front of co-workers during daylight hours: what kind of culture produces such brutality against women and girls?
    Furthermore, attacks of this sort will surely increase as the United States becomes more demographically Latinized, given the misogyny of hispanic culture.
    Is it just me or would he look better with an extra hole in his head?
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