• Gabriel San Roman

How OC's First Gang Injunction Fell Apart—And Allowed a Westminster Man to Achieve His Dream

Updated: Aug 31

On a June afternoon in 1993, Al Valdez approached a man with a shaved head who was wearing a wifebeater and baggy shorts while kicking it at Sigler Park in Westminster. A gang-unit investigator for the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA), he had spent hours looking for this vato, whom prosecutors believed was a shot caller for West Trece, the city's oldest and largest gang. The gumshoe didn't plan to question or arrest his target, though; he wanted to hand the guy a stack of papers.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly Cover Story out on newsstands tomorrow:



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