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La Eme (Mexican Mafia) "THE GANG OF GANGS" The Mexican Mafia, or also known as La Eme, is at the top of a Hispanic organized crime hierarchy that includes both prison and street gangs in Los Santos. According to all accounts, La Eme was formed in 1957 by Luis 'Huero Buff' Flores. At the time, Flores who was only seventeen, was incarcerated at the Deuel Vocational Institute (DVI) in San Andreas. Flores created La Eme as a "gang of gangs". He approached fellow Hispanic gang leaders at the facility, with the idea of being equal in status. They would refer to each other as brothers or carnals and the gang would have no official leader. La eme quickly grew in size and strength. In the 1960s, the San Andreas Department of Corrections moved Eme members to Bolingbroke penitentiary which held the reputation of being the most ruthless adult prison in San Andreas, in an effort to break up the gangs activity at the Deuel Vocational Institute. This effort backfired and served to spread La Eme's influence into other prisons instead of limiting it to Bolingbroke Penitentiary. As La Eme expanded, the group saw the potential for profiting from drug sales, gambling and extortion rackets inside prisons, so leaders placed taxes on these activities, forcing Southern Hispanic inmates to hand over a small percentage of profits to the gang. In the late 1960s and early '70s, La Eme took this approach to the street. As members of the organization were starting to receive parole, they began forcing Los Santos street gang leaders to fall under their influence. Through this, La Eme began controlling activities like drug trafficking, extortion, contract killings, and debt collection from inside and outside prison walls. Los Santos has always been the 'crown jewel' of La Eme and it's street operations with the organization having a stranglehold on much of the city's Hispanic street gangs. This is a list that has grown to include some of the largest gangs in the entire state. Criminal operations within the city have largely been coordinated through a tight-knit core of seasoned 'Camaradas' that collects taxes and enforces its whims throughout Los Santos. Most recently at the top of this structure was prominent gangland figure Rene 'Bosko' Blajos whose reputation for cunning and extreme brutality earned him enormous respect within the Mexican Mafia. Bosko, throughout a two year period, worked virtually unopposed to step up in the leadership and establish a vast criminal enterprise that earned millions from drug trafficking alone. This brief empire was brought to an untimely end with an enormous city-wide law enforcement operation dubbed "Open Casket" that saw La Eme's street presence evaporate overnight with a series of indictments. Law Enforcement officials speculate that with the fall of Blajos' organization a serious power vacuum has formed between the survivors as well as a newer generation that seeks their place in the limelight and who are increasingly unscrupulous with how they attain it. Eme was not just an ordinary prison 'gang', their tentacles of influence were reaching out to nearly all of the southern (or as they are most commonly referred to - Sureno ) gangs. Most of their affiliates were stuck in between bars, and the ways of communication were very complicated, many of the La Eme mafiosos used to learn many languages, including Nahuatl - the language of the Aztecs, and various forms of improvised sign language are also used. Quotation from an external source of information - “We all study American Sign Language in Eme,” explained Boxer. “Most understand some form of sign language. There are signs for money, drugs, dead, hit, and so forth.” Sign language is used to avoid being recorded by correctional officers monitoring visits. Notes are another frequently used method of passing secret information to a visitor. The message is secreted in a body cavity to avoid detection, removed during the visit, and held up against the Plexiglas window for the visitor to read. “It’s impossible to stop,” claimed Enriquez. “In that visiting room every weekend there are crew instructions going out, hits are being ordered, money laundering is discussed, racketeering. Any crime you can imagine is being planned in that visiting room on a regular basis.” U.S. mail is essential to communication for those locked up at Pelican Bay. “We are able to correspond with anyone,” insisted Boxer, “and conduct mob business. One method is jokingly referred to as ‘Project X.’ We understand mail to Eme members is often flagged for special inspection by an institutional gang investigator. To avoid this, we write out a letter and hand it off to another inmate in our pod, let’s say a Mafia associate named Flaco Ramirez. He copies the exact letter in his own hand, signs his name, and sends it to the person I’m trying to reach out on the street. The recipient by prearrangement knows that the letter is really coming from Boxer Enriquez. The recipient answers the letter, sends it back to Flaco, and Flaco hands it back to me at Pelican Bay. The prison staff never sees it, not knowing the communication is really between me and some other mobster. The mail system is one of the best things in the world for the Mexican Mafia.” The Sureno car refers to the overarching group within which all inmates affiliated with a Sureno gang (and others) live, socialize, exercise and conduct criminal activity. In metropolitan Los Santos county jails, this car is more simply referred to as the 'Mexican car', as all Hispanic inmates are considered to be part of it. The majority of its members are indeed active members or affiliates of Sureno gangs, though the racial nature of southern San Andreas custodial environments dictates that any non-affiliated Hispanic inmates are considered Southerners for the duration of their incarceration. The Mexican car is dominated by and ultimately subject to the authority of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. County facilities in the Los Santos area are considered strongholds for this organization, as they are the closest facilities to most members' "homes" (territory and family). Members thus often actively seek temporary housing in county facilities by requesting to be called as witnesses in other inmates' trials and by other means, meaning there are usually a handful of 'carnales' in the county system at any one time. These Mexican Mafia members are considered to be "holding the keys" over their jail: imposing taxation, conducting 'business', settling disputes and setting rules for all Mexican inmates. Carnales employ a command structure of subordinate Sureno inmates scattered across pods, floors and buildings around the jail to collect profits and maintain authority. These subordinates may in turn appoint underlings of their own, creating a chain of command stretching directly from the Mexican Mafia itself to the most unassuming Hispanic inmate. The Mexican car is loosely affiliated with the White car owing to the Mexican Mafia's prison-based alliance with the Aryan Brotherhood gang. This alliance is very tenuous in jails, as the extremely high turnover of inmates through the system prevents long-term personal relationships from being formed between White and Mexican inmates. The 'alliance' usually only results in business dealings between the two races and does not often extend to riots and disputes with other groups as it does in state prison. At most, Mexican inmates may assist White inmates who have proven to be personally 'solid'. Mutual assistance is not guaranteed by race alone. The Mexican and White cars both dispute most often with Black inmates, as is the case in prison, though in poorly run facilities with limited Mexican Mafia influence (or few 'veterano' Surenos), gangbanging may occur between rival Sureno gangs. The Mexican car is often deeply involved in custodial crimes such as extortion and drug dealing, especially when being directed by a member of the Mexican Mafia. Contraband smuggling, particularly of drugs and phones, is frequently orchestrated by inmates through connections to their respective gangs on the streets. The Mexican car is usually considered the most organized and militant within the Los Santos county jail system, owing to the absence of Norteno inmates who usually earn this reputation on state yards. OOC & Character Kill Permissions The faction aims to maintain a high standard of roleplay which means that all recruitment is done in character. The easiest way to interact with the faction is to get involved with the street gangs of Los Santos and the sureno car in TTCF. All members and affiliates of the faction are reserving their characters killed for any serious infraction or not following the codes of conduct. We also reserve the right to CK characters from any gangs/groups who pay tribute/homage to the Mexican Mafia. Consult with the leadership of the faction to gain permission to post screenshots on the thread. Any questions or concerns can be directed to @SOLID24 Shoutout to @Large Hazard & @Alfonso_Chavarria for providing content for the thread.