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Paybacks to informants and cooperators are the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico prison gang code, and now the threat is also aimed at law enforcement and federal prosecutors, according to a new federal search warrant affidavit.
For example, shakedowns of inmate cells in New Mexico prisons have turned up “confidential discovery documents” from the recent federal trials and prosecution of more than 90 SNM members and associates on racketeering and other charges.
When questioned about the confidential document, one inmate smiled and said he found that the material “makes for interesting reading,” the affidavit stated. But a confidential informant told the FBI that the inmate has been collecting discovery material from the government’s racketeering trials against SNM “to advise SNM who the informants were.”