By Julia Reynolds
The urban of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the surroundings for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, however it can also be the house of Nuestra Familia, probably the most violent gangs within the usa. Born within the prisons of California within the overdue Nineteen Sixties, Nuestra Familia extended to regulate drug trafficking and extortion operations during the northern 1/2 the kingdom, and left a path of our bodies in its wake. Award-winning journalist Julia Reynolds tells the gang's tale from the interior out, following younger women and men as they look for a brand new form of relatives, quests that sometimes result in homicide and betrayal. Blood within the Fields additionally files the background of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long attempt to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, besides its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with neighborhood legislation enforcement corporations. Reynolds makes use of her remarkable entry to gang contributors, either out and in of legal, as...
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He sent a cut of the action up to the generals in Pelican Bay, though I don’t know if he ever sent the required 25 percent. On a glorious blue-sky day, we sat side by side in his sunny driveway. He lived in a suburbanish part of town that borders the ag fields. Salinas is the only city I know with farmland right in its middle, a “lettuce field metropolis,” as hip-hop poet Marcos Cabrera calls it. These fields are an incongruous plot of 450 acres surrounded by a hospital and jail, a trailer park, rodeo grounds, and new middle-class housing where streets are named after Anglo saints—there’s a Saint Edwards Drive and a Saint Albans Court.
So GQ remained a plain old street Norteño. He hadn’t been locked up enough to work on the finer points of the Cause. It was in jail, the California Youth Authority, and the state prisons that you were educated in discipline and war tactics. There would be time for that later—right now, GQ enjoyed a simpler life of selling and using drugs. He sent a cut of the action up to the generals in Pelican Bay, though I don’t know if he ever sent the required 25 percent. On a glorious blue-sky day, we sat side by side in his sunny driveway.
The diamond is that farm plot, a drained lakebed that for half a century has been worked by the Higashi, Hibino, and Ikeda families. From the days of missionaries and ranchers who first took the land from Ohlone natives, the Central Coast of California has a tradition of never straying from agriculture. Nuestra Familia, the mother of all Norteño gangs, hasn’t strayed either. It’s a farm-town mafia with, they say, close to a thousand murders to its name. For three decades, the NF has exerted powerful control over the West’s agriculture towns—Modesto, Stockton, Los Banos, Visalia, Santa Rosa, and Watsonville.