Friday, August 31, 2007

Great, But They'll Probably Just Go To Jail

El Centro, CA

First the good news. A 20 month investigation in San Diego has pulled in 31 members of La Eme, the Mexican Mafia, on 46 counts including kidnapping, torture, drug and firearms sales and a whole slew of conspiracy charges.

Now the bad news.

La Eme started as a prison gang in the '50's in Los Angeles. Now they control pretty much every serious Latino criminal enterprise from drug trafficking to prostitution and extortion. One of the problems with getting rid of them is that most of the shot callers are already in prison. Some of these guys will get picked up and thrown into the can just to get into the power circle or relay messages to the higher ups.

So, yeah, jail's not really a deterrent.

Granted, it fucks their distribution, throws their organization into disarray, and is going to take time to recover. But they will recover. Because all that will happen is that the shot callers will find new people to carry on the tradition.

I'm a big fan of the Chicago Way, as Sean Connery so eloquently put it in The Untouchables. "They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue." Because anything short of that is just sticking guys in a closet until they can start it all up again.


AP said...

I'm going to blog roll you.

Tracey's Treasures said...

It seems like I watched a documentary about gangs in the prison system and heard of them. It doesn't hurt their organization at all to get thrown in jail- like you said, most of the higher ups are in prisons and they run things just as smoothly from behind bars as if on the outside. They have a whole system of communication in codes only they understand.
I enjoyed reading through your blog- very interesting topics.