Mexican Mafia Targeted By Local Authorities, 68 People Allegedly Prosecuted

The busts are part of "Operation Corridor," a federal, state and local investigation.

Criminal complaints unsealed in San Diego Wednesday as part of a crackdown on the Mexican Mafia prison gang in Southern California charge nearly two dozen people with offenses ranging from heroin and methamphetamine dealing to conspiracy to commit murder.

Six suspects were captured Jan.7-8, and others were in custody already, according to prosecutors. With the latest arrests, 18 of 22 defendants named in grand jury indictments handed down last month in the case were in federal or state custody, authorities said.

The allegations -- which also include racketeering, assault with a deadly weapon, extortion and money laundering -- resulted from "Operation Corridor," a federal, state and local investigation that has led to the prosecutions of a total of 68 people since April 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego.

Most of the defendants are alleged associates of the Mexican Mafia, operating primarily in Oceanside and Vista, as well as within area jails and state penitentiaries, including Donovan, Centinela and Ironwood prisons.

Investigators have used electronic surveillance, intercepted phone lines and other methods to target a broad criminal conspiracy to extort money and control the illegal narcotics trade on the streets and from inside detention facilities.

The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, created to consolidate and utilize all law enforcement resources against organized crime and major drug-trafficking organizations.

The following agencies have taken part in the operation: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Bureau of Prisons, Homeland Security Investigations; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Highway Patrol; Carlsbad Police Department; Escondido Police Department; FBI; Marshals Service; Oceanside Police Department; and San Diego County Sheriff's Department. --City News Service

SA January 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM
“The allegations -- which also include racketeering, assault with a deadly weapon, extortion and money laundering –“ Sounds like the Thug President of our Country is also running the Mexican Mafia….
Alek J Hidell January 11, 2014 at 04:18 AM
these foreign enemy combatants have invaded our nation with intent to destroy our society--they should either be waterboarded at Gitmo, or better still? summarily executed as spies..
Average American January 12, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Bout friggin time, the Mex mafia even has ties to local politics and although I cant prove it, I think it was tied in some way to the earlier scandal in Bell CA.
spike January 16, 2014 at 01:18 PM
One would think that terrorism laws could apply here.
ChrisG January 16, 2014 at 03:48 PM
@spike, good point regarding terrorism laws. Why are they not applied to gang crime? I thought the laws enacted after 9/11 to fight terrorism would have made it easier to arrest, prosecute and punish gang members. I wish local, state and federal governments would be more vigilant fighting that type of crime and deporting all non-citizens after they are released.


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