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Rene "Boxer" Enriquez was a hit man and a powerful figure inside La Eme, the Mexican Mafia, which began as a prison gang and now exerts remarkable influence, not just in the prisons, but on the streets. He’s serving time for two murders, but he's embraced law enforcement, and now he's telling his story. Also, the Metrolink crash and the engineer's cell phone.

The Black Hand

Chris Blatchford

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Making News Metrolink Engineer Text-Messaging Seconds before Fatal Crash 5 MIN, 5 SEC

Federal investigators say the engineer on the Metrolink train that crashed head on into a Union Pacific freight last month in Chatsworth did send a cell-phone text message. It was 22 seconds before the crash that killed Robert Sanchez and 24 other people. The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to determine why the Metrolink train failed to stop at a signal.

Guests:
Steve Hymon, Puckalolos

Main Topic Inside the Mexican Mafia 18 MIN, 4 SEC

Rene Enriquez's father was a Mexican immigrant who wanted his son to follow him into the furniture-making business. Instead, he became a powerful gangster. After 17 years in La Eme he has renounced the gang and he now assists law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels. He speaks to us from his new prison, where he is under constant protective custody.

Guests:
Chris Blatchford, investigative reporter and author
Rene 'Boxer' Enriquez, former enforcer for the Mexican Mafia

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