REDEMPTION OF THE MEXICAN MAFIA
In the late 1980s hardcore heroin addict Sable “Junior” Munoz voluntarily checked himself into a Christian drug rehabilitation program, up in the mountains of Helendale, California. He did so, not to kill his heroin habit, but a staff pastor in the program. Munoz, a loyal associate of the Mexican Mafia, had accepted a lucrative contract to put a hit on the man of God, who was a former member of the Mexican Mafia.
“When I went there, I remember going in through this dirt road, and there was this big sign that said, “You are now entering Holy ground,” that gave me a big chill, but I didn’t understand at that point,” Junior told ThugExposed.Org, reflecting back on the day he drove to his contracted assignment.
Junior didn’t just wake up overnight with the mentality to kill a pastor in cold blood, this mentality had been brewing and processing since his early childhood.
Junior’s family moved from Texas when he was a young child to the gang infested streets of Pomona, California in Los Angeles County. The Munozs’ were once a close knit family, with a loving mother and father present in the home. Careers and positive goals were discussed around the dinner table, but the dynamics of their family structure rapidly changed, however, after their move to California.
“We started getting into the vices of the streets. We learned gang mentality, we learned how to use drugs at an early age. I started using heroin at 17 years old. I used heroin for 23 years of my life.
“I had my sisters end up prostituting and getting caught up in the streets, going to prison back and forth. And all of us ended up going into the system.”
At 12 years old Junior joined the Pomona 12th Street Sharkies.
“My house was a house people hung out at. If my people wanted to go to the store or anything, it would be four deep, because we were that much into gang warfare with the neighborhoods around us.”
As Junior and his brother’s gang involvement escalated, tragedy hit the Munoz home.
“I lost my older brother through gang violence, which brought a lot of hatred into my heart.”
Junior went into a depression, using drugs and violence as coping methods for his suppressed anger and grief behind his brother’s death.
“Through all that time as I grew up and I got deeper and deeper into drugs, it escalated to where I just didn’t care any more, so I would do anything.”
As Junior got older, his network of crime connections begin to grow and so did the level of his crimes.
“I moved from L.A. County to San Bernardino County. Every time it would get hot, I would hit another county, but yet I was still connected. I remember working for a friend of mine’s wife, that was Kilroy, his wife Esther.”
“Kilroy” was one of the original founders of the Mexican Mafia and at that time, he was in prison.
“I remember one day that I walked up in there and was talking with her and she came up and told me it was over, she told me that she had found Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and I looked at her and said, ‘what do you mean, it’s over?’ There’s a lot of work to be done out here.”
“So I left, and as I left I went back into the streets. I could go anywhere and ask people if they needed anything, I could take care of it as a contract. One day I went to my own family’s house, my sisters, and they told me if I wanted to make some money, just take care of this one guy, so I went looking for this guy, but I found him in a Christian environment, he was in a Christian home a men’s ranch in Helendale. I went with intent to take this guy out, to make some money, I had no indication what was going to happen.”
When Junior arrived at the facility, staff members did their routine intake and search for drugs, weapons and other contraband. However, as Junior puts it,“being a heroin addict, I knew how to get it in there.”
Now that he was officially registered in the treatment program, Junior immediately set out to locate his target.
“When I went there, I looked for the guy and I found him, but he was giving a Bible Study, he was teaching about the Word of God, and as he taught about the Word of God, I didn’t know I was being that open to it, I was being exposed to it. Being a heroin addict for 23 years, you just don’t lose your heroin addiction, but I lost it.”
He remembers the pastor quoting, “Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).”
“You know that’s kind of crazy, but it’s touching,” Junior said he thought to himself.
The last scripture which resonated deep within him as they closed the Bible Study was: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).”
“They all clapped, I clapped too, they said thank you Jesus, I said it too. Through these prayers I found I was feeling the coldness of my heart, I felt I needed to just open up and let go, and let the spirit of God just begin to move within my life. I was beginning to detox. I wanted to take care of this guy and get on.”
“That night they had a prayer chain, I didn’t know what a prayer chain was.”
They came into Junior’s room and told him that at 2:00 a.m. he was assigned to go up to the chapel and get into this prayer chain. There was a pastor in Wales, England who was dying of leukemia, who they were all praying for.
“Man this a good time to go in there and play the part, go into this prayer closet, it’s dark, I can just play it off, hit the guy and get down the hill to my car waiting for me with my people.”
“As well as we all know, God works in a different way,” Junior reflects back as he begins to talk about the experience he would have that night, which would change his life forever.
“So I went into this prayer closet, it was so small, I didn’t know what to do. All of a sudden I started feeling compassion for somebody I didn’t know. I thought maybe I’m detoxing, maybe I’m tired, my bones, I got to rest them. The only place to rest was to kneel down, so I put one knee down and then the other, I put my hands together and I said, ‘this feels good.”
I started to rest, and I said ‘I will kill a little time.’ Then something happened right then and there. All of a sudden I started to smell the air, the air wasn’t like the air we breathe here today. Then all of a sudden I started to feel different and I started to weep. I got a sense that I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. I heard weeping, a lot of weeping, my heart and mind started to open up. And right there before me, I seen three crosses. I’m thinking what are these crosses, what’s happening up there, I didn’t know Jesus. I begin to focus down on him and I looked in the middle and these ladies are moving around and they raised this stick up with a sponge on the tip, to give the man in the middle a drink, and I’m thinking ‘what’s that about’ and every thought I had, it would zoom me in, and as I zoomed in, I seen Jesus right there on the cross, crucified. I said, ‘this is crazy’ and begin to break my hands loose when I heard this small voice, a very small voice, come and speak into my life, not into my ear, but into my life.”
“He said, ‘My son, my son, I have brought you back 2,000 years in time just to show you I lived and died for your sins.’ And right there man, I just busted down, the dam came out, I was shaking, I was all wet, I got up and I didn’t know what happened. I look around, I said, ‘man is this really happening?’ I looked at the door, it had a little crack under there, now mind you this is two o’clock in the morning and I’m looking around and when I look under the door and I’m shaking like a little boy, I walk up and I open the door and there’s five guys in line (asking) ‘what’s happening brother, you’ve been in there four hours.’ I come out and I got my shirt all wet and the sun is out. And I’m looking around and I see the pastor and he’s smiling at me, he has the big ol’ horse smile, he says, ‘come here.’”
“Look, I don’t know why, but I got to tell you, something happened to me here, and what I want to let you know, I didn’t come here to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I came here on a contract as an assassin, but this thing happened.”
“The pastor then said, ‘I have somebody you need to talk to.’ He brought this guy from the fields, and this guy I wondered where he was for many years, it was a guy named Johnny Green Eyes from the Mexican Mafia. He walked up and he smiled. He said, ‘brother, those things can’t happen here, God would never allow anything like that to happen.’ He said, ‘this is an appointment with you. God has been calling you for many years and today this is your day.’
“They asked me, ‘did you take care of that guy?’ I said well, ‘you’re a brand new man if you believe in Christ, old things have passed away, and you become new.’ I thought in my heart and mind, ‘yeah he’s dead.’”
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:” Romans 6:8
Interview & Story by Rayford Johnson/ Author of Thug Mentality Exposed