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Monday, 17 May 2010

Mexican Mafia attacks taking place in Valley towns | mexican, early, valley - Local - Brownsville Herald

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Mexican Mafia attacks taking place in Valley towns | mexican, early, valley - Local - Brownsville Herald: "Harlingen police keep a close eye on Mexican Mafia activity in and around the city, both cases last month were alarming because they broke through the surface, the violent nature of each attracting the attention of local law enforcement, Harlingen police Sgt. Stephen Mayer said.

Mayer, the head of the Harlingen Police Department’s Gang Eradication Unit, remarked that it is highly uncommon to see violent acts committed by Mexican Mafia members in the Rio Grande Valley because the gang is intent on keeping a low profile.

“This is very uncommon here,” Mayer said. “We are looking into the situation and attempting to gather intel … We have identified a spike here and we’re investigating it.”

The Mexican Mafia in Texas functions separately from the original Mexican Mafia, which sprang from the California prison system in the 1960s. Maryanne Denner, a gang expert and former gang sergeant with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, explained that Heriberto “Herbie” Huerta started the Texas offshoot in the mid-1980s, after which the gang spread throughout the state, both on the streets and in the prison system.

“‘La Eme’ ” — the gang’s well-known moniker — “is a huge organization across the state now,” Denner said bluntly."

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