Mexican Mafia Connections To Santa Barbara

by Robert Eringer, The Investigator Why do Eastside gang-bangers want to rumble with Westside gang-bangers – and vice versa? It’s a lot like asking, why did the chicken cross the road? So one must delve deeper to understand that we in Santa Barbara are witnessing only a piece of a larger puzzle. While everyone deliberates a simplistic credo that State Street is a boundary for chicken crossing, a higher (dis) order is influencing and manipulating both-side Hispanic gangs. The Mexican mafia, a prison gang known as Eme, maintains links to East- and Westside gangs in Santa Barbara. Moreover, Eme – or M – utilizes violence among rival gangs to keep their extortion and drug-peddling operations on track throughout southern California – according to gang expert Richard Valdemar. “It is a criminal prison drug culture,” Mr. Valdemar, a retired sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, told The Investigator. […] Read More