La Salla, not wanting to test his luck, left the East Coast for Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he established himself as a minor capo and hitman. Unlike some East Coast mobsters, he was able to adapt relatively well to the new environment, learning Spanish, and ingratiating himself with the jefes of the Mexican Mafia families in the area until he could get his feet on the ground. Thus, at age 55, he was far more successful in New Mexico than he ever could have hope to have been in New York City.
The FBI's La Cosa Nostra (LCN) Organized Crime Program was alerted to La Salla's resurgent criminal behavior when an informant from his gang revealed to them that he was fast becoming the cocaine middleman of choice for several Mexican organized crime interests. Since that time he has been surveilled thoroughly. This surveillance has produced numerous investigative leads into Mexican organized crime, drug smuggling, and other illegal cross-border activity for the FBI, DEA, and Homeland Security.
Current status: Arrested by the FBI as part of TENEBROUS operations and incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution - La Tuna in New Mexico/Texas.