"They get to America, and they don't want to live by the old rules,"
Faust said. "They want to live in the fast lane."
He said that South Siders range in age from 13 to 25.
Many of South Side's most common offenses are money-oriented: drug sales
"Their primary activity is selling drugs and stealing cars," Faust said.
"You've got curbside drug service here [in Oak View]. People come from as
far away as Fountain Valley to purchase drugs."
SHOWING THEM A WAY OUT
Paul Castillo, a gang specialist with Community Service Programs Inc.,
cited economic and cultural reasons for the gang's persistence.
"Kids see the gang as a way out," Castillo said. "But by joining the
gang, it ties them even more to the community. These kids don't see any
other possibility for advancement."
Castillo works with at-risk youth, offering museum trips, soccer leagues
and a bike club to get kids focused on positive activities instead of
He hopes the kids he works with won't have any dealings with Faust and
Garcia. The two officers would like that, too.
Although they enjoy working on the gang unit because of its range of
responsibilities, it also tires them out.
"We see some of the worst things," Garcia said. "It wears you out."