The Unholy Alliance – Mexican Mafia, Cartels, and Sureños


PHOTOGRAPH:  David “Popeye” Barron lies dead on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico

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The Mexican Mafia is now operating at full throttle with various Mexican cartels and has designed one of the most diabolical avenues for the utilization of street gang members, also known as Sureños, to facilitate their criminal business.


Today we are featuring the release of the upcoming book entitled The Unholy Alliance – Mexican Mafia, Cartels, and Sureños.  It reveals the organized evolvement and ongoing proliferation of these three deadly groups.  The book is authored by Ramon “Mundo” Mendoza with contributions from nine (9) law enforcement agents who are specialists in their field of expertise.


The Mexican Mafia was born over 60 years ago, in 1957, at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California, founded by Louis “Huero Buff” Flores, a member of the Hawaiian Gardens street gang.  The first street operations conducted with Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations occurred in 1970 with Huero Buff teaming up with his street gang home boy Alejandro “Hondo” Lechuga, a fugitive living under an assumed name in Juarez, Mexico.  It was Hondo who set up avenues of heroin smuggling across the border into El Paso, Texas.  He and Huero Buff employed trusted runners to transport what we referred to as mercancia, Spanish for merchandise.  When it arrived to Los Angeles, Huero Buff utilized mostly Hawaiian Gardens and Artesia gang members to distribute the drugs.

In the mid-70’s, a California controversial Senate Bill was responsible for the wholesale release of over a hundred prison gang members and associates throughout the state of California.  Because there has never been a formal chain of command within the ranks of the Mexican Mafia, leadership was normally delegated by fellow EME Carnales to those who were the most respected.  Because of his age, reputation, and drug connections, Joe Morgan inherited the role of leadership on the streets of L.A. and in 1975, within a period of a few months he was joined by other fellow members.  Joe was living in a Glendale apartment with Maria “Crystal” Alonzo, a former member of the Charles Manson clan.  Crystal had been corresponding with Aryan Brotherhood member Bobby Headburg in Folsom Prison and Bobby was a close friend and prison gang ally of Joe’s.  Like a piece of property signing over the pink slip, he “gave” Crystal to Joe as a present upon Joe’s parole from Folsom.  It was at the Glendale apartment where Joe met with his fellow Carnales Ramon “Mundo” Mendoza and Eddie “Sailor Boy” Gonzalez.  The three discussed the direction of the Mexican Mafia’s street operations and Mundo proposed the formation of what they would call The Inner Circle.  With EME members disbursed throughout the State of California, “Sonny B” from Big Hazard and Steve “Calote” Amador from Wilmas were in San Francisco, “Gilbert from New Mexico” was set up in Hayward; “Tati” Torrez and “Victorio” Murrillo were conducting business in Visalia; Colton was the domain of Joe “Colorado” Ariaz and Los Angeles was the main Mexican Mafia stronghold and titular headquarters.  Joe agreed with Mundo’s idea of creating an EME sub-group consisting of dedicated movers-and-shakers.  The team consisted of Joe, Mundo, Sailor Boy, Robert “Robot” Salas and they were later joined by Alfredo “Alfie” Sosa.  Joe Morgan secured the first major Mexican heroin and cocaine connection in the person of Jesus “Chuy” Araujo who was the head of the Araujo Family.  This is before they were called cartels.  Chuy offered an unlimited supply of heroin (as much as we could get rid of, as fast as we needed it) with a consistent quality which allowed us to step on it once.  For a quick turnover, we sold them (uncut) at $600 per ounce to our Carnales, $650 if he was based in Northern California where the street prices were astronomically higher.  Mundo also created and led an execution team consisting of himself and Sailor Boy with Alfie soon coming on board.

Also known as the “Little One” or “El Chiquito,” Alfie was initially the designated getaway driver for Mundo and Sailor.  They conducted their business like sales representatives, recruiting and converting existing dope dealers in L.A. for exclusive distributors of EME heroin.  Those who resisted were killed on the spot and they quickly installed their own people to replace the existing dealer, sometimes accomplished while the crime scene tape was still at the victim’s home. One day, with Alfie in the getaway car, Mundo and Sailor executed two people who refused to come on board.  As the two jumped into the car, Alfie sat there, arms folded across his chest, head down, looking at the steering wheel refusing to start the car.  He said he was tired of driving the getaway car and would only drive off if Mundo gave his word next time he would be the pistolero. Mundo shook his head in disbelief, pondering for an instant whether he should simply blow him away for insubordination.  Then the humor of this picture hit him.  He looked over at Sailor, who was in the back seat.  Sailor said, “I think he’s serious.”  Mundo quickly turned to Alfie and promised next time he would be the pistolero.  “Now move!” he urged him.  Alfie smiled and happily drove away.  No one knew then that putting a gun in Alfie’s hand on the next caper was the beginning of a one man crime wave.  If any of you have ever seen The Goodfellas, Alfie Sosa became the Joe Pesci of the Mexican Mafia, but in real life.  Sailor later teased Mundo and accused him of creating a monster in Alfie.

(This book will be available on June 10, 2019, and you can check anytime at to pick up your copy)

With the passage of time the EME began to embrace the multiple thousands of game youngsters at their disposal.  These young men and women became known as Sureños, an army of street soldiers that has grown in leaps and bounds throughout the past decades.  The Unholy Alliance will detail the evolvement of the Sureño and will touch upon Mexican Mafia members who became immediate instruments of death working for Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations.  The book will profile three San Diego Sureño gang members – David “Popeye” Barron, Jose “Bat” Marquez, and Martin “Joe” Corona – who embody all three entities of The Unholy Alliance.  Each began their criminal careers as Sureño gang members, each joined the Mexican Mafia and all three put in extensive work for the Arellano-Felix Cartel engaging in drug operations and specializing in executions, well over a hundred, on both sides of the border.

Barron (who is shown on the cover of the book) became the head of the Arellano-Felix execution squad and died during an armed attempt at executing the editor of a Mexican newspaper in Tijuana.

The current state of affairs touching on the cartels, Sureños and Mexican Mafia is discussed in detail including the revelation of EME members living south-of-the-border conducting business for La EME on the streets of cities like Tijuana and controlling the Sureños confined in at least four Mexican prisons.  It is a book that connects the dots and reveals the stark realities of an evil union of groups operating in concert in our communities.

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