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Apr 17, 2014 3:27 PM

DPS: More Than 100,000 Gang Members in Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI - The latest gang assessment from the Texas Department of Public Safety has estimated more than 100,000 people take part in gang activities.

DPS has the group Tango Blast and associated cliques listed as the most significant threat in Texas with more than 8,200 members. Other significant gangs are the Texas Mexican Mafia (5,500 members), Texas Syndicate (4,400 members), Barrio Azteca (2,000 members).

Authorities are concerned about the increased cooperation between Mexican cartels and Texas gangs when it comes to smuggling drugs, guns, weapons, and cash.

In the Corpus Christi region, the Tango cliques (Corpitos), Texas Syndicate, and Texas Mexican Mafia are well-established. Other groups include: the Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos, Partido Revolucionario Mexicano, Paisas/Mexicles, Bandidos, Sureño 13, Aryan Brotherhood, and Latin Kings.

The gang assessment covers gang members efforts to gain control over illegal activities in Corpus Christi in the past year. In February 2013, authorities disrupted a Texas Syndicate ring that dealt in cocaine, meth, marijuana and guns. Shortly afterward, law enforcement arrested 24 members of a Tango clique who intended to fill the void left when the Texas Syndicate ring was broken up.

To read the full 42-page report in PDF format, click here - http://bit.ly/1gEgwLW


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