Carmen Fischer, a criminal-defense attorney in Phoenix, has been sentenced to three years in prison for crimes related to helping her husband, a leader of the New Mexican Mafia prison gang.Fischer was arrested last year and charged in Pinal County, accused of helping her husband Angel Garcia, also k ... More >>
Like many retirees, former Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger has gone to Arizona for his later years.Bulger's not exactly moving to Sun City, though -- he's been transferred to the United States Penitentiary in Tucson.
It's been a blue moon or two since I gave much thought to Phoenix attorney Carmen Fischer, wife of Angel Garcia, imprisoned honcho of the New Mexican Mafia, an Arizona prison gang that takes its name from the more notorious, California-based eMe, or Mexican Mafia. But along comes a press release Fr ... More >>
A Child Protective Services employee was arrested in a plot to hinder the prosecution of her boyfriend, a Mexican Mafia gangster, who was convicted of second-degree murder last month.The employee, 62-year-old Elida Perez, "has a long history of association with criminal street gangs," according to c ... More >>
A suspected Mexican Mafia member has been arrested in the shooting death of ex-con Erasmo Ledezma on Thanksgiving, as police say Mexican Mafia members had a "green light" to kill Ledezma because he had previously "snitched" to the cops.The alleged gangster and shooter has been identified as Steven B ... More >>
See also: Hells Angels Sue Feds Over Ban on Members Entering U.S.The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has filed a lawsuit against several federal agency heads -- including Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- claiming the group's foreign members have been wrongful ... More >>
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has filed a lawsuit against several federal agency heads, claiming the group's foreign members have been wrongfully banned from entering the United States.Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service ... More >>
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office claims a gang member was "planning to publicly assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio using a high powered rifle."The first problem with the plot of gangster Samuel Matta was that he couldn't come up with the $1,800 to bond out of jail after he stole a car and tried to r ... More >>
Forget everything you've heard about the Justice Department lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Joe Arpaio for racial-discrimination claims, because there's an inmate who says "Joe Arpaio and stuff" saved the lives of all the "brothas" at the 4th Avenue Jail.OK, don't ac ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has ordered a lockdown on parts of the 4th Avenue Jail, as the sheriff's office says the Mexican Mafia is "attempting to control" the jail."Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered parts of the maximum security 4th Avenue Jail be placed on indefinite lockdown as ... More >>
Robert Fisher, one of the FBI's and Scottsdale Police Department's "most wanted" fugitives, may still be in Arizona, according to information relayed from the FBI.Fisher's accused of killing his wife and two young kids, then blowing up their Scottsdale home in April 2001.According to various media r ... More >>
Ralph Moreno, an unemployed ex-con on food stamps, is fighting with the federal government to keep $76,000 in cash seized at his west Phoenix home by FBI agents.State records show that Moreno and his wife, Wilma, of 6629 West Coronado Road in Phoenix, haven't earned wages for at least 10 years, and ... More >>
Retired Los Angeles Sheriff's Office Deputy Richard Valdemar, who now lives in Arizona, says that legalizing marijuana won't hurt drug cartels. Richard Valdemar believes the central character of his medical-marijuana story would be executed by a Mexican drug cartel if he was named, so he refe ... More >>
ICEFederal, state, and local law enforcement agencies claim to have delivered a "death blow" to a Mexican drug trafficking ring that was running $33 million worth of drugs through Arizona every month.Authorities announced this morning the results of "Operation Pipeline Express," a 17-month invest ... More >>
State prosecutors today moved to drop criminal charges against Mario de la Fuente Manriquez, former CEO of his father's Mexican media empire.The motion to dismiss charges of money laundering, assisting a criminal syndicate, conspiracy and fraud is a major win for Manriquez, who's fought the alleg ... More >>
Tempe Police DepartmentIf you cashed a check for this guy, 21-year-old Tymothy McCurn, you're an idiot.Tempe police on Tuesday arrested seven members of a local "party crew" after a seven-month investigation into a check cashing scam that cost Tempe banks more than $55,000.First and foremost, you ... More >>
A lawyer in Ohio pleaded guilty yesterday to money laundering charges stemming from money he received from the leader of a drug ring based in Phoenix. Authorities say 40-year-old Kyle Hunter received more than $100,000 from convicted drug king-pin Leonard Barnhouse. Payment for services rend ... More >>
Local shutterbug documents dying communication ties
On the heels of recent articles across the United States that claim heroin use is surging, the Arizona Department of Public Safety says it recently broke up a major heroin ring based in Chandler. Detectives worked for seven months on the case with members of a northern Arizona anti-drug task f ... More >>
Obama goes on Arabic TV with a message to Muslims, calling Al-Qaeda's ideas "bankrupt," and later sending his special envoy, George Mitchell, to the Middle East for a "listening tour." Eternal peace can't be far behind. Jan Brewer's new budget director -- she's more than just a pair of scissors. In ... More >>
Quarter-munching arcade game finally pays out
Act it out at the Sandbar
Mob fink, NBA ref hows this guy still breathing?
You've seen the G-rated HBO documentary on the Arizona legend, but there was so much more to Goldy than that
A hero of the Hong Kong new wave returns the compliment
One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
County attorney candidate ditches debate to fund-raise with Fife
Even stoners won't find anything to laugh about in Potluck
Jen and Ben get Gigli with it, and -- lucky us! -- we get to watch.
The North Side Kings mix mob stereotypes with hard-core rock. Got a problem?
Made, a wanna-be mob comedy, makes an offer anyone can refuse
From the Week of March 9, 2000
Coffee talk with a Mafia muscleman turned stoolie turned alleged drug kingpin
Cocaine from Mexico is the currency that drives gangster economics
Felix Medina and his gang compatriots ruthlessly ruled a south central neighborhood. Now the party's over.
Mafia-themed Mickey Blue Eyes spoof doesn't deliver much of a boot
Mob 40's build a large, loyal punk fan base beneath the industry's radar screen
A survivor of the L.A. Confidential heyday, Mesa-born mob darling Liz Renay is still going great guns
How alleged sports bookies and a reputed Asian gang member wound up in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Executive Posse
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