Rolando Muniz a/k/a Black Rabbit, the one-time chair of the Texas Syndicate in San Antonio, has been sentenced to fifteen years in a federal prison on a racketeering conviction involving drug trafficking and a bystander's murder as reported by WOAI.
In the recently published Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2011, analysts for the Texas Department of Publuc Safety report that some of the state's most powerful gangs have formed strong ties with Mexican cartels. Those gangs include the San Antonio-based Mexican Mafia as well as the Texas Syndicate and Tango Blast, sometimes called Orejones in San Antonio, both of which have a presence here. * * * "The gangs increase their power and acquire wholesale quantities of drugs at reasonable prices, while the cartels extend their network of connections deeper into the United States."
*** After a decade on the lam a suspect in a gangland bloodbath in San Bernardino, CA is extradited from Mexico: "the case became known as the Dead Presidents because the four men who were killed were the leaders of two gang cliques known as the West Side Verdugos, police said."
*** Man charged for his alleged role in whacking three teenage boys in 2009 outside their high school in Chicago, IL: "the Latin Kings and Black P-Stone gangs had been in a running dispute in the area . . . in the weeks leading up to the attack."
*** The feds indict 13 suspected Latin Kings members, including former city council candidate Jorge Cornell, on racketeering charges in Greensboro, NC:
The indictment alleges that Cornell gained control of all North Carolina chapters of the Latin Kings "through violence, threats of violence, and coercion." It goes on to say that Cornell disguised the criminal activities of the group with a public relations campaign to "to falsely portray the Latin Kings as a public service organization."
*** In the nation's capital the feds indict seven suspected G-Rod or 1-4 crew members, including a former intern for a local councilman, on robbery, gun and murder charges.
*** It's decades in prison for 17 members of the Texas Mexican Mafia following their drug convictions in Austin, TX:
The Texas Mexican Mafia has a brutal history in other parts of the state but has generally not been very active in Austin, which has been dominated by the Texas Syndicate prison gang. The prison gangs generally recruit members behind bars, and those members band together to commit crimes upon their release.
*** The feds indict 18 suspected Texas Syndicate members on racketeering charges involving four murders, attempted murder, drug trafficking and other crimes in San Antonio, TX:
The Texas Syndicate formed in California's prison system in the 1970s, and has grown to be one of Texas' largest. Its members, who have a heavy presence in Austin, refer to each other as "cuernos" -- horns -- because they tend to be attired, or tattoo themselves, with the logo of the University of Texas Longhorns, gang experts said.
*** The California Supreme Court overturns convictions for reputed gang leader and his alleged accomplice "in two killings that sent both men to death row for 15 years": "Cleamon Johnson, known as 'Big Evil,' headed a gang called the 89 Family Bloods during the 1980s and early '90s that authorities contend was responsible for about 60 killings in South Los Angeles."
*** Two more Hilltop Crips sent to prison in Tacoma, WA: "The two men were among 36 people charged in February 2009 as local law enforcement tried to gut one of the city's oldest and arguably most dangerous gangs. * * * So far, 32 defendants have been convicted of crimes as a result of the crackdown."
The Mexican drug cartels have supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in 250 cities across the United States, and they're getting a little help from their friends -- prison gangs connected to the Mexican Mafia -- with the dirty work as reported by Christopher Sherman for The Associated Press:
When Mexican drug traffickers need someone killed or kidnapped, or drugs distributed in the United States, they increasingly call on American subcontractors - U.S.-based prison gangs that run criminal enterprises from behind bars, sometimes even from solitary confinement. Prison gangs have long controlled armies of street toughs on the outside. But in interviews with The Associated Press, authorities say the gangs' activity has expanded beyond street-level drug sales to establish a business alliance with Mexican cartels. "They'll do the dirty work that, say, the cartels, they don't want to do" in the United States. "They don't want to get involved," said a former member of Barrio Azteca, a U.S. prison gang tied to Mexico's Juarez cartel. * * * The latest annual National Drug Threat Assessment, released in February by the Justice Department, said prison gangs were operating in all 50 states and were increasing their influence over drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. * * * Sometimes they get help from corrupt court or prison employees.
The Mexican drug cartels have supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in 250 cities across America, and with the increasing violence north of the border that is associated with the illicit trade federal law enforcement is targeting the U.S.-based street and prison gangs who serve as their affiliated partners and foot soldiers as reported by Dane Schiller for the Houston Chronicle. For example, on the drug gangs in Texas, Schiller writes:
In the past three years, officials from Houston to Laredo have prosecuted at least 77 upper-echelon gangsters and associates for ongoing conspiracies of moving drugs, weapons and cash in connection with Mexico's cartels. Some of the more well-known organizations that are aligned with cartels and have been taken on by authorities include the Mexican Mafia; the Texas Syndicate; Tango Blast; Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos (Brotherhood of Latin Gunmen;) and Raza Unida (People United). * * * There are so many crimes and so many organizations that authorities concede it is tough to keep a scorecard. The relationships building between Mexico's cartels and Texas gangs are in many ways a natural progression since the Mexican drug cartels took over for the Colombians back in the late 1980s. They began pushing more and more drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border rather than trying to sneak them in from the waterfront edges of the country. And they did it with U.S.-based gangs. * * * The Lone Star State isn't alone, as gangs primarily in Southwest border states are gaining more clout — including cash and power — by working directly with Mexican cartels, according to a Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center report released last month. Gangs now are trafficking at the wholesale bulk level, instead of just the retail plastic-bag level, notes the report, titled the National Drug Threat Assessment 2010. The bond has helped Mexican cartels to be more active in more U.S. cities than any of their rivals. * * * The use of street and prison gangs has worked over and over for the cartels.