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US News 'Cold-blooded' gang ran drugs ring from jail

09:00  24 may  2018
09:00  24 may  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Prosecutors claim the gang ordered hits from inside prison too © N/A Prosecutors claim the gang ordered hits from inside prison too

More than 80 members of the Mexican Mafia have been charged with taking part in a conspiracy to run drugs and carry out violent assaults ordered from prison.

Prosecutors said the organisation - made up of Latino gang leaders - operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on drugs smuggled into Los Angeles prisons and ordering hits on those not following their rules.

On Wednesday, 83 members and associates were charged over allegations of drug dealing, extortion, violent assaults and murders.

Lawyer Nick Hanna told reporters: "We just delivered a blow to a cold-blooded prison gang and their associates."

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More than 80 people have been charged in the crackdown © N/A More than 80 people have been charged in the crackdown

Authorities said the so-called "gang of gangs" was able to control smuggling, drug sales and extortion inside and California's prisons.

The charges detailed how the organisation started out in the 1950s at a juvenile prison before growing to an international level. An indictment read: "These Mexican Mafia members and associates, working together to control criminal activity within (LA County jails), have become their own entity or enterprise and effectively function as an illegal government."

Prosecutors said other groups that brought in drugs had to give a third of what they had - called a "thirds" tax - to leaders of the Mexican Mafia.

The organisation's tax within prison walls gave the name "Operation Dirty Thirds" to the investigation behind the latest charges. Of the 83 people charged, 35 were already in custody and 16 were fugitives.

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Federal prosecutors say White was kingpin of a ring that smuggled contraband into the jail , including cellphones, tobacco and drugs , by using correctional officers. The Black Guerrilla Family has been the dominant gang at the Baltimore City Detention Center and other jails as well.

Palmer’s father, also Stephen, 52, who runs a wet fish business, was sentenced for laundering £53,000. The gang was said to have a drugs cutting production line. Maidstone Crown Court heard how an undercover police operation led to the drugs ring being smashed.

The Mexican Mafia is accused of collecting taxes on drugs in prison © N/A The Mexican Mafia is accused of collecting taxes on drugs in prison

The indictment said the gang enriched itself through drug sales, "taxes", and even collected a share of purchases from the prison commissary - where inmates can buy snacks and other food items.

It added that members were able to exert control through violence if inmates refused to pay up or follow the rules.

Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles said: "Essentially, the Mexican Mafia is a gang of gangs."

According to the indictment, Jose Landa-Rodriguez, 55, and two others, who are now dead, are accused of controlling operations in jail between 2012 and 2016.

Prosecutors claimed Landa-Rodriguez sanctioned murders, assaults and the kidnapping and planned the murder of a relative of a gang member who defied him.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said others would follow in the wake of the latest arrests.

"There will be new leaders, that's kinda how the whole system works. It's hierarchical," he said. "When one goes to jail or passes away then someone else backfills their spot just like any multilevel organisation."

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