The Texas Department of Public Safety has declassified its 2013 state-wide gang assessment. There are over 100,000 gang members in Texas alone. According to the FBI, a large majority are Latino.
Four gangs are listed as “Tier One” gangs.
Tango Blast – Loose affiliation Latino prison gang
Texas Syndicate – Top level prison gang for US born Latinos
Mexican Mafia – Top level ethnic Mexican prison gang
Barrio Azteca – Ethnic Mexican gang that operates along the border. Thousands of members on both sides.
All four have thousands of members, and relationships with Mexican drug cartels. DPS believes that Barrio Azteca takes orders directly from a Cartel.
The report also cites several other well known Latino gangs as being on the rise, as possible candidates for “Tier One” gangs in the future.
Surenos 13 – California based Latino gang. DPS expects this gang to reach “Tier One” level soon. Affiliated…
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