Rene Enriquez (mobster)

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Rene Enriquez
Born (1962-07-07) July 7, 1962 (age 52)
South Central Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Known for Former mobster

Rene "Boxer" Enriquez (South Central Los Angeles, July 7, 1962) is a former American mobster. He was a high ranking influential member of the Mexican Mafia before becoming a federal witness in 2003. His life is chronicled in Chris Blatchford's true crime book The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer.

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In his teens, Enriquez was arrested after committing a string of armed robberies and was sentenced for a long period in prison. At the age of nineteen, Enriquez first encountered the Mexican Mafia, or La eMe. While Enriquez was imprisoned at the Deuel Vocational Institution, he acted as a member of the Mexican Mafia and stabbed a gang member from Los Angeles, who survived the stabbing. Enriquez later stabbed to death a Vagos Motorcycle Club member nicknamed "Chainsaw."

In 1985, Enriquez became a full-fledged Carnal (Mexican vernacular Spanish for brother) in the mafia. He projected the Mexican Mafia into a status of unprecedented organizational structure with a base army of approximately 60,000 heavily armed gang members who controlled the prison system and a large part of California crime. He said, "I believe I'm a cut above the rest. As a mafioso, you have to be an elitist. You have an elitist, arrogant mentality. That's how you carry yourself in the Mexican mafia. That's how you project yourself."[citation needed]

Enriquez has been involved in organized crime for over 20 years and was a Mexican mafia member for over 17 years. Enriquez sought parole in late 2009, although a parole hearing and date has not been set.

According to Enriquez's parole officer, "There is a possibility Rene may get out of prison once his work with the feds are done, however there is also possibility that he may not."[citation needed]

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