Onalaska Police Officer Charged with Providing Firearms to Mexican Mafia, HOUSTON, October 11, 2012 - Onalaska Police Officer Michael Anthony Mares, 50, of Houston, was arrested in an apparent sting operation centered on bringing down a prison gang known as the Texas Mexican Mafia. Mares was arrested in Houston and is facing felony charges of providing firearms including pistols, rifles and assault rifles to the mafia members. The Texas Mexican Mafia reportedly has paramilitary capabilities and has a chain of command that includes a president, vice president, generals, captains, and other officers. According to Chron.com, Onalaska Police Chief, Ron Gilbert is quoted as saying, "It is a shock to me, but we knew something was wrong because he didn't show up". According to Gilbert, Mares' supervisors have aluded to him that Mares had been acting strange in the last couple of months, but that they didn't know why he was acting strange. Arrests were made Wednesday and Thursday in Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio as well as in prisons and along the Texas-Mexico border, according to a statement from authorities.