The amount of the northern mexican prison population in the San Andreas Correctonal System varies, Octane Springs State Prison has the biggest northern mexican population over 300 inmates currently, next to it is Whetstone State Prison which has the numbers of 200 northern mexican inmates and San Andreas Correctional Facility that has around 100 northern mexican inmates. After the NF divided from the Mexican Mafia(La Eme) it also started in San Andreas as the farming communites around cities gave their loyalty to Nuestra Familia.The population that came from the varrios that started claiming "14" came together to protect themselves from rival sureno gangs and La Eme in the San Andreas Correctional System. As the eighties came, most of the NF veterans from San Andreas got validated and segregated, so Nuestra Raza came into the ranks to control the prison mainlines and mainline activities. Newer prisons like San Andreas Correctional Facility had its problem with consistent and good leadership of the car. One of the first functional norteño cars came in the mid 2010's, which also resulted later to vanish because of conflicts with other cars in the system. At the end of the decade a few Nuestra Raza members got incarcarated in the San Andreas Correctional Facility. With the knowledge of these NR members also discipline and function throughout the norteño prison car started, with hits roles in the car and also they made connection with the Nuestra Familia members who were the shotcallers for the East Los Santos Regiment, the shotcaller for the San Andreas Correctional Facility was Gueronimo "Puppet" Punetas one of the NF veteranos that did time in San Anne's SHU. The norteno prison car became functional and had full control over norteños and unstructured norteños. The norteño car got into good relations with the KUMI on San Anne's prison yard and it had good standings and avoided conflict resulting for the norteño car to be fully disciplined and functional behind San Anne's walls.
As stated above, the Nuestra Raza is an extended branch of the Nuestra Familia and they are subordinate to the dictates and decrees of the "O" (Organisation). They basically act as lower-level allied forces that carry out the Nuestra Familia's bidding. The analogy would be similar to the NF being your political field in Washington and the NR being the military personnel in the field. The NF created the NR to divert attention from its own illegal activities and to unite the Norteño following enabling the entire movement to function under an organized and strict set of guidelines, similar to those that the NF functioned under itself.
The NR basically comprises of the elite Norteño believers who are the Nuestra Familia's most steadfast sympathizers. The NF originally deployed the NR in the 80s to continue it's presence and existence on the mainlines, as the majority of the "C's" (Carnales - term used for NF members) had been slammed down in SHU after the 1976 clampdown. This also created a subsidiary gang, providing the NF with auxiliary forces and a proven league of prospects to recruit from. The NR members were also the soldiers that secured the front lines and were the first ones to engage with the opposition whenever a conflict developed. They knew this and embraced it as one of their furthermost fundamental responsibilities, and were taught to always accept this as an honor opposed to a sacrifice.The primary purpose and goals of their cause methodically laid out; They are working for the betterment of the Norteño people, they are striving to attain mutual respect, social status of equality for all Norteños, and they are to work together toward protecting and defending all Norteños from any threats or outside opposition. Most NR members referred to the NR as the cause, the struggle, the movement and the elite circle. They refer to each other as Bros, Hermanos, brothers or LO's (Loved Ones). CDCR actually began classifying this movement as "Northern Structure" (NS) for validation and identification purposes, but the NF adopted the title "Nuestra Raza" around the beginning of 1993, following a number of revisions spurned by the 1992 indictments.
The NF operates a no gang banging policy to members of the organization, instead of members on the street make up "regiments", which are essentially the street crews of the Nuestra Familia, these street regiments have influence over the Norteño gangs in Northern California. They distribute firearms and narcotics abut Northern California, they also tax other gangs, apart from Norteños operating in areas they hold influence.
This history is written by Big Rock an NF member dating back to the 1970s that schooled John "Boxer" Mendoza, this is his account of the true history of the Nuestra Familia.
In 1952, the Aryan Brotherhood (AB) was the first prison gang to evolve and organize itself with the ability to threaten the rest of the prison population. They functioned under a no-ethnic boundary policy, basically preying on the weak and vulnerable. They did this proficiently with sheer numbers. It didn't matter if you were black, Mexican, Asian, another race, or even a non-affiliated white, you became susceptible to being attacked and were open game to being targeted. As the majority of other inmates weren't organized and stood alone, they didn't a chance and became effortless victims.
A few years late in 1957, an individual by the name Luis "Huero Buff" Flores from a neighborhood in East LA called "The Hawaiian Gardens" founded another group who began calling itself "La Mexicana." This was a Hispanic prison gang which formed to protect Hispanic inmates from other prison clicks, such as the Aryan Brotherhood. Huero Buff's vision was to bring all the street gangs in LA together to form a super gang in prison. Once La Mexicana had firmly established its presence within the prison system, a symbolic working arrangement was established amongst them and the AB's. They had full control over all the illegal activities that took place within the prison system (i.e., gambling rings, extortion, prostitution, distribution of narcotics, etc). All the same illicit activities that happen on the streets are also prevalent in prison.
Over the next few years, these La Mexicana members grew in numbers and began turning their aggression toward the non-affiliated Hispanic inmates. They began taking their personal possessions, strong-arming them and taxing them under the threat of violence. Basically, you had to pay them not to assault you so you could do your time without being subjected to their inflictions.
Huero Buff would later change the group's title to the Mexican Mafia. However, some of the hardline members felt as if this title was too closely associated with the Italian Mafia, and in turn, began pushing for a new name. Rudy "Cheyenne" Cadena, one of the group's co-founders, introduced the abbreviated name "La EME." Cadena was also one of the group's prestigious visionaries. The term La EME (Spanish for the letter "M") satisfied the hardliners but the title Mexican Mafia still remained. As the EME's abusements continued, some of the non-affiliated Hispanics grew tired of EME's transgressions and began banding together in Soledad State Prison. They talked about taking a stand in clandestine meetings, but fierce reputations of the Aryan Brotherhood and the Mexican Mafia held them back.The group eventually grew bolder and began identifying itself as "La Familia" (The Family). The founders of the group were "Lil John" from the Valley, Gonzalo "Chalo" Hernandez from Bakersfield, Huero Morgan from Clanton, Freddy Gonzalez from San Diego, and "Sammy" from New Mexico. Lil John became the group's "Padre" (Father) and Chalo acted as his second-in-command. Lil John and Chalo wrote guidelines for the group but the group remained somewhat clandestine. Small pockets of the group began popping up in other prisons and small skirmishes broke out. But nobody seemed to take notice that this was another group evolving. They waived these sporadic incidents off as isolated incidents but this still became more frequent.
In 1965, two La Familia members were attacked and murdered in San Quentin, Phillip Neri, and Sonny Pena. This escalated tensions even more. On September 15 1968, an EME member by the name of Carlos "Carlitos" Ortega stole a pair of state boots belonging to a La Familia member by the name of Hector Padilla and gave them to a fellow EME member by the of Robert "Robot" Salas from Big Hazard in Boyle Heights. Salas wore the boots to the yard and eventually confronted by Padilla. Salas, in turn, stabbed Padilla, paving the way for one of the most infamous prison stories in the two group's histories, known as the "shoe war."
The following day, on September 16, 1968, La Familia decided that enough was enough and launched a full-scale attack against the EME in San Quentin. This was also done in conjunction with the day landing on the Mexican Independence Day.
RED COUNTY REGIMENT
Outside operations in Red County have been established by the Nuestra Familia decades ago, using its diverse communities for money-making. The Red County Regiment is known for production and trafficking of methamphetamine to Los Santos or other synthetic drugs. The Red County Regiment also has good ties with the norteno gangs in local towns, especially Palomino Creek as Palomino is the stronghold for the regiment. Various leaders over the years have been changed of the regiment and now the regiment operates also in Los Santos, the current leadership of this regiment is Rudy "Gunner" Brito and the street commander Ivan "Boxer Pabon. Operating and having close ties to the mainline of San Anne and shots have been called from San Anne fo the Regiment's operations. The Regiment works with cartels getting into the heroin trade and ofcourse working with numerous Motorcycle Clubs and distributing big amounts of the Red County methamphetamine. The regiment is good position for the distribution of the heroin/meth trade from day to day and also weapon trafficking, becoming one of the strongest regiments in San Andreas next to the San Fierro Regiments and Tierra Robada Regiments.