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January 11, 2013 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Deliberating what punishment befitted the man before him, the judge mulled over the twists and turns in Isaac Guillen's 52 years of life. There was his induction into gang life at age 11, spending years in and out of juvenile lockup. He got himself off the streets and into UC Berkeley, then UCLA, graduating with a law degree and becoming a criminal defense attorney. Then came the choices that led him back to the wrong side of the law, doing the bidding of a powerful Mexican Mafia member.
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December 7, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
When her father was convicted of the murder of a rival gang member and sentenced to life in prison without parole almost three decades ago, Vianna Roman was a 9-year-old girl. In the years since, Danny Roman, federal authorities say, has become a feared member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. He allegedly controlled a 30-square-mile expanse of gang territory in South L.A. from behind bars in Pelican Bay State Prison. Doing his bidding from 700 miles away — passing down his orders of violence, collecting "taxes" from businesses and other gang members at his behest — was his daughter, federal prosecutors alleged Thursday.
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November 28, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
From a prison cell outside California, an inmate known as "Evil" was making himself known on Ventura County's streets. Martin Madrigal, 39, was squeezing drug profits from street gangs for the prison-based Mexican Mafia, according to a grand jury indictment released Tuesday. He was so feared that rival gangs cooperated on extortion schemes, drug deals and violent crimes, according to law enforcement officials. The 35-count indictment portrays Madrigal as a powerful figure representing an efficient and merciless organization that law enforcement officials believe has been operating for decades, largely from behind bars, calling shots among street gangs.
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January 26, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The young woman sat by herself in a hallway of the bustling courthouse, nervously clasping a brown paper bag. Inside was a warm bean and cheese burrito stuffed with 24 grams of black tar heroin. Henry Marin, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, peeked out from a courtroom and waved her over. Lunchtime was approaching - lawyers in suits clutched their briefcases and witnesses waited to testify. As the handoff was made, no one appeared to be paying attention - until a voice commanded: "Deputy Marin, you need to stop.
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July 27, 2010 | Richard Marosi
Jason Harrington, wanted on a battery charge in Alameda County, was caught after a chase across rooftops in the Baja California fishing village of San Felipe. Alleged child molester Father Joseph Briceno of Phoenix was handcuffed amid a crowd of parishioners in Mexicali. Tony "The Big Homie" Rodriguez, a Mexican Mafia boss from Indio, hurled threats after being hauled off a street corner by Mexican police posing as junkyard dealers. All three fugitives had a similar escape plan: Flee to Baja California and leave their troubles at the border.
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February 8, 2010 | By Sam Quinones
The sentencing of six Florencia 13 gang members to life in prison appears to bring to a close a prolonged and terrifying spate of violence in the Florence-Firestone district allegedly brought on by orders from a prison gang member in solitary confinement 700 miles away. Beginning in 2004, the unincorporated Los Angeles County area north of Watts was the site of one of the region's worst gang sieges since the early 1990s, evolving into what some residents felt was a race war. The violence left dozens of people dead, including many with no gang affiliation, and required enormous county resources to combat.
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November 28, 2009 | By Richard Winton
A reputed Mexican Mafia leader who prosecutors said once tried to seize control of drug sales in Norwalk and the San Gabriel Valley has been charged with orchestrating a large-scale extortion scheme, according to authorities. Ralph "Perico" Rocha, 42, was ordered held in lieu of $4-million bail at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. Rocha was arrested without incident Nov. 19 as he was about to leave his Moreno Valley home, said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
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June 20, 2009 | Scott Glover
A Covina defense attorney accused of serving as a liaison between a violent Los Angeles-based street gang and the Mexican Mafia was ordered held without bail Friday by a federal judge. Prosecutors argued that Isaac Guillen, indicted as part of a broad racketeering case against a clique of the 18th Street gang known as the Columbia Lil Cycos, was a danger to the community and a flight risk.
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June 18, 2009 | Scott Glover
When a stray bullet from a gang member's gun struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart and killed him in 2007, police, politicians and ordinary Angelenos expressed outrage over the infant's death. But they weren't the only ones. Members of the Mexican Mafia, the notorious prison-based organization that authorities say controls Latino street gangs, demanded that those responsible be killed, according to an indictment unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
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June 17, 2009 | Scott Glover
Federal authorities on Tuesday unsealed an indictment charging more than three dozen alleged members and associates of the notorious 18th Street gang with racketeering and murder, including the death of a 3-week-old baby. The indictment also accused a Covina attorney of being an intermediary between the gang and an imprisoned member of the Mexican Mafia. -- Scott Glover
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