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In this, the story of the rise of the Mexican Mafia, police officer Robert Morrill shines a bright light on the formation of one of the most notorious street and prison gangs in our nation today. 
The Mexican Mafia learned that the surest way to power, the quickest way to large financial gain, and the guaranteed way to respect on city streets and within prisons was through brutal assassination of enemies … both outside the gang and within one’s own sworn membership. 
Ruling by terror, the gang was steeped in the blood of any who dared challenge their power. Retribution was often swift, sometimes delayed, but always certain.

The author, now retired with over 45 years in law enforcement, was raised in both South Central and East Los Angeles neighborhoods during the 1940s and 1950s. He grew up with the generation that ultimately formed Southern California’s Mexican Mafia. Officer Morrill, as an original member of the first “Prison Gang Task Force” to be formed in the State, came to personally know and interview senior Mexican Mafia leaders, engaging them behind prison walls and out on the streets of Southern California. 

Blending multiple themes addressing the emergence of gang power, racism, political corruption, assassination, prison life, law enforcement and adherence to duty in one’s own professional life, the author offers a personal picture of the tumultuous 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as gang growth exploded across this nation. He reveals how gang members recruited, how they controlled other prison inmates, conducted contract assassinations, bribed and influenced government employees and elected officials, and ultimately spread their power and influence across state and regional lines. 

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In 1977 on a Southern California street, a city police officer makes what he believes to be a routine traffic stop.
It is anything but routine.
Unknown to him, this officer is now face-to-face with two Mexican Mafia assassins … on parole and armed.
With the gang members in custody for booking on parole violation, a tangled web of criminal activity and corruption begins to emerge. Month-by-month, strand by strand, police investigators unravel a twisted mass of corruption, crime and murder that ultimately ensnares not only gang members and former felons, but implicates elected and appointed local and state officials.
This single traffic stop and its subsequent shock waves would pit members of law enforcement against one another and lead to incriminations reaching the highest levels of state government.


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