Gang violence can reach into nearly any community, and is not limited to any particular demographic. In Southern California, near San Diego, one upper class neighborhood has experienced the repercussions of Mexico’s dangerous drug war spilling into their community.
The Arellano Felix Organization is one of the most violent enforcement crews in Tijuana, Mexico. But an internal dispute led to the establishment of “Los Palillos” — “The Toothpicks,” — in the San Diego area. These gang members use very dangerous tactics such as kidnapping for ransom,impersonating police officers, violent shoot outs and robberies, and drug deals to finance their operation. Continue reading Taking A Stand Against Gang Violence »