There is a subtle trend developing around the state of Arizona prisons that hasn’t caught the eye of the media nor the attention of the prison director Charles L. Ryan unless he is being ignorant about the red flags and warning signs that are waving on every yard in his prison system. In Arizona, Mexican Americans that were once thought to be autonomous in their activities are now emulating the gang styles and rules of the Mexican EME California and their brotherhood relatives the Sureños and are under current proposals to join them into a new alliance and brotherhood.
As usual, this information is not being shared and handled as a “need to know” basis that has suffocated any and all information related to the recent racial warfare situation in Winslow prison unit Kaibab as well as an sweeping infection in the Lewis, Florence and Eyman complexes ending up in the maximum custody clusters of the Security Threat Group leaders housed in the Browning Unit in Florence, Arizona. Strangely, in their ill-advised attempt to curb the violence against the Blacks, the agency transferred many Black inmates throughout the state spreading the hate and violence with it and putting all public prisons at risk of a race war especially those that have open yards.
On the outside, the Arizona New Mexico Mafia resemble a very violent group involved in murders and assassinations, drug deals and other money laundering activities on the street for those working the game inside prisons. They are a mixture of street gangs, released prison gang members and other criminals that are heavy into the drug dealing scene and often doing business with cartel related customers that fund there violence and subversive trend to control and take the power away from other gangs.
It is not unusual for street cops to see the Mexican Mafia tattoo or ink on these street gangs as they are wearing them proudly and not being shy about how their homies roll with the prison gangs. Yes the EME has had ties with MDTOs (Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations) and this is what makes Arizona so volatile and vulnerable as there are sufficient avenues of access to infiltrate the prisons with staff or contract employees to facilitate their goals and mission to dominate the prisons.
On the inside, there are gang leaders locked up in the Browning STG housing units that have daily access to cell phones and communicate their business activities with much regularity without the fear of being caught or disciplined as they have developed a network that is coded and hard to break unless you spend a sufficient amount of time and effort to decode and understand what they are doing. Such communications are related to drug deals, gang revenues and taxes, green light on hits on the street and inside, alliances with other gangs and approval of memberships.
The most disturbing concern is the unification and association of Mexican Mafia members in Arizona with members of the California Emme and Sureños. When you look at history and the rules involved, the Mafia stressed three things in their lifestyles; in for life, no disrespect to each other and live with violence to rule with power.
It’s their mantra to exercise extreme violence on their victims and sparing them nothing so that their role as intimidators remains intact and feared on the prison yards without any question how far their will go since they have engaged in recent homicides without holding back any kicks or punches as they are usually delivered on a four to one or even six to one odds during these attacks.
The Mexican Mafia physical force type of strong-arm executions is backed up by the intellect of the Sureños who control the brains of the gangs. In addition, this alliance has worked itself into the Bureau of Prisons gang territory that makes them more brutal and dangerous to all the other gangs that compete for the control, drugs and power on these yards.
A most recent review of prison gang data related to the Sureños and New Mexican Mafia reveals startling facts that should not be ignored by any administrator. To date, there are over 1,575 Sureños listed and tagged in the prison computerized informational system. Add another 2,872 New Mexican Mafia tagged in the system and you have over 12 per cent of the entire adult male population members of the two must ruthless and brutal gangs in our prison system.
As of late, the rules have been changing and they have been changing for the worst as prisons become battlefield between rival gangs struggling to survive or dominating for control and power of all they can get. It is suspected that within the next year or so, there will be a four state gang infestation that will influence the prisons located in Texas, Colorado, Arizona and California as one network. In conjunction with this growth there will be a massive increase in strength and ferociousness against other prisoners and prison employees.
It also revives the long standing feud between the Blacks and the Mexicans that originated in California prisons long time ago and puts a green light on any Black group that opposes their will to control the yards. The war against the Blacks will be escalated and more homicides will occur at the hands of these brutal gangsters that will show no remorse and do what their code allows them to do. It has been no secret that the Black, as do others, join up by race and requires that this gives them a significant level of protection while incarcerated and out in the general population.
The strength and influence of the EME is increasingly intimidating. Their obsession is to control everything. Their application of force is anything but aesthetic but rather brutal in nature. They oppose numbers with ferocious abilities to commit violent strikes and hesitate none to take a life to show which of the groups is the most powerful as it has become the way to handle the business. Hence numbers mean nothing to them while their ferocious and brutal combat style of engaging the others is their key to dominance.
Such outright vitriol is becoming more and more frequent inside our prisons. The mindset has been changed and no paper truce can survive their voracious appetite to control and to wield power over others. Their goal is to be the one gang in control and become the dominant culture to deal with as they spread out their plans for the future for this gang is all about planning for the future.