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The War on Drugs has become the longest
most costly and dangerous war in American history.
Michael Webster: Investigative Reporter
June 15, 2008 1:30 p.m. PDT
America wages its war on drugs and terror with costs to the tax
payer in the billions organized criminal gangs here in the U.S.
have merged with the Mexican drug cartels, the threat to U.S.
interests from an emerging international crime cartel grows more
serious every day. 35 years after Nixon started the war on drugs
the War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in
American history. The Drug War is a disastrous failure.
The American war on drugs shows how money, power and greed have
corrupted not just drug dealers and drug users, but how it can
corrupt entire governments like Columbia S.A., Mexico and yes,
The U.S.. More importantly what can be done about it? So far
history proves not much.
Groups like the Sinaloa, Juarez, Tijuana,
gulf Cartels, has virtually taken over law enforcement and high
ranking Mexican government officials in their host country and
are dangerous and significant players on the international
stage, carrying out their criminal activities across borders and
threatening the stability and interests of the United States. In
other words they are a big security threat to this nation.
Fresh evidence of this growing threat comes
from the powerful Mexican cartels themselves which is already
responsible for up to 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the
United States, and are increasingly able to operate above the
law, buying off or even killing the government officials who are
supposed to work with U.S. law- enforcement agencies to crack
down on crime.
What's worse, the cartels have now forged
alliances with American street gangs, giving these drug cartels
a deep reach into American life and through that alliance with
our gangs that gives them control over most of the multi-billion
dollar American drug trade, the largest in the world. These
cartels have become a world-wide crime corporation with an
international reach of illegal franchises spanning the globe.
Mexican drug cartels have extended their
reach across America through gangs, according to the Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA). While cartels battle each other and
the Mexican government, various Mexican and American gangs are
buying drugs directly from foreign producers in places like
Peru, Afghanistan, Belize and Bolivia, officials say. A report
two years ago by the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) revealed that U.S. gang members were recruited by drug
cartels. With their connections, the gangs have become
professional criminal organizations not unlike the mafia.
The Mexican army patrolling the streets of
the Mexican cities bordering the U.S. report that in the last
several weeks, at least 50 criminals and drug traffickers
arrested there were members of U.S. street gangs, Mexican cartel
gangs and other traditional" prison gangs."
In addition to
the "traditional" prison gangs, there are many other lesser
known, but none the less dangerous, prison gangs. These gangs
frequently align themselves with other gangs who may have
similar cultural or criminal beliefs. In some instances prison
gangs (and street gangs) have been known to have truces with
rival gangs strictly for the purpose of facilitating their
criminal activities; i.e. supply and distribution of narcotics.
following gangs usually have the largest number of members in
the corrections system in which they originated, many have
spread (through the interstate compact system) to other state
departments of corrections as well as the Federal Bureau of
The following is
a short list of known U.S. gangs involved in drug trafficking
and other crimes that are or are suspected of having ties with
Mexican cartels and/or Mexican cartel gangs.
18th Street Gang
The Arizona Aryan Brotherhood
is a white supremacist group whose members believe in having
pure bloodlines in the white race. The group formed in the
Arizona Department of Corrections in the mid 1970's.
The Arizona AB believe in the philosophy of "Blood In - Blood
Out." To become a member, the prospect must kill someone. The
only way out of the group is to be killed.
Members stay to themselves in prison and feel that they do not
need the help of any other gang. They are generally respected by
the other inmates because of their ability to control and
monitor their own activities.
This gang is also known as the
Arizona Original Mexican Mafia. Established in 1977, it is a
faction of the Mexican Mafia that was formed in the California
prison system in the late 1950's. In 1984 a split occurred and a
second gang, known as "Arizona's New Mexican Mafia" emerged. A
fierce rivalry developed between the two gangs and the Old
Mexican Mafia, as well as Mexican Mafia members are subject to
attack by the New Mexican Mafia members if they are placed in
the prison population together.
The Old Mexican Mafia patterns itself after the organizational
structure of the California Mexican Mafia, which includes as its
leaders a General, Captains, Lieutenants, and soldiers.
In 1984 this group was formed
as a result of a split from "Arizona's Old Mexican Mafia." In
order to be completely independent of the other Mexican Mafia
gangs, the gang adopted its own constitution, rules and
ARYAN BROTHERHOOD OF TEXAS
The ABT originated in the
Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the early 1980's. It is
patterned after the California Aryan Brotherhood who sanctioned
the use of their name.
A council, or steering committee, provides leadership. This
committee approves prospective members, makes decisions on gang
rules, and is responsible for resolving problems between
members. The committee is also the authority, which issues
orders for "hits" or "contracts."
Adversarial rivalry exists between the ABT and the Mandingo
Warriors, La Nuestra Familia, Black Guerilla Family and other
ABT gang members frequently attempt to hide their gang
affiliation by claiming to be members of the Aryan Nations,
which preaches white supremacist views as a religion
The newer white supremacist gang in the Texas prison system,
they are making a name for themselves and growing quite
violently with deadly attacks against the Texas Aryan
Brotherhood. It is believed that a suspected Aryan Circle
prospect was responsible for an officer's murder at a southern
prison in TDCJ in December of 1999. Following that vicious
murder, another Aryan circle member stabbed and killed an ABT
member at a nearby facility.
According to sources, the AC was founded in 1985 by Mark Gaspard
and was formed due to the fact that some "Whites" had become too
radical in their beliefs. The AC is believed to consist of three
branches; incarcerated men and incarcerated women and an
external branch which consists of non-criminal "White" men in
the free world. The original AC patch, or tattoo, is a small
circle usually worn below the left breast. Their hierarchy
consists of a president, vice president, majors, captains, and
several other titles.
Beliefs of the AC include separation of the white race from all
others for the betterment and preservation of the race. They
consider their enemies to be all who are against them and those
who attempt to oppress them. Some members are ex-ABT members.
The AC have now been designated as a Security Threat Group and
members, when identified, are place in administrative
Originating in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice (Department of Corrections) the
Barrio Azteca's activities were first tracked within in the
system about 1990. Many of the original inmate members were from
the West Texas area of El Paso but since organizing, they have
permitted some inmates from other parts of the State of Texas to
join their ranks.
Like other prison gangs they attempt to control the prison
system, and the inmates within the system, through illegal
activity. Reported criminal activities have included drugs,
prostitution, extortion, intimidation of staff, assaults, and
The organizational structure of the Barrio Azteca is as follows:
President, Vice-President, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and
They do not have a specific tattoo but have been known to use an
Aztec Indian head. A tattoo with one feather signifies the rank
of lieutenant and two feathers, the rank of captain.
Barrio Azteca members are known for their propensity for
violence and membership is for life. Serious association with
members of other prison gangs such as the Texas Syndicate, La
Raza Unida, Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the Mexican Mafia is
DIRTY WHITE BOYS
The name of this
gang is believed to have originated in the federal system in
1985 and stems from the name of a prison softball team. As the
name implies it is a "white" gang but does not appear to have
white supremacy philosophies. It is found in many of the Federal
Institutions and is associated with the Aryan Brotherhood, Texas
Syndicate, Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and possibly the Mexican
A members tattoo is referred to as his "patch" and includes the
outline of his home state (Texas, California, etc.)
Criminal activity primarily involves drugs.
AKA Pistoleros Latinos
the name of this group means the "Brotherhood of Latin Gunmen."
Also known as the HPL, the group was founded in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice in the mid 1980's. The HPL has
been reported to be involved in many criminal activities to
include gambling, inmate assaults, protection rackets, staff
intimidation and murder.
Internal problems within the group forced a division among the
and today one
faction calls itself the "Sixteen - Twelve," or 16/12. These
numbers refer to the 16th and 12th letters of the alphabet; P/L
or "Pistoleros Latinos." The other faction calls itself the
"Forty-Fives," and uses as one of its known tattoos, the .45
caliber automatic pistol. Although operating as separate
factions, the groups follow the constitution and other rules of
Membership is for life and membership is for inmates of Latin
origin only; persons who speak Spanish or who are descendants of
Latin or Hispanic families.
The Los Solidos gang formed
about 1990 or 1991. It was formed for reasons of "self
protection" and is basically comprised of two street gangs from
Hartford, Connecticut - the "Ghetto Brothers" and the "Savage
Nomads." Translated Los Solidos means "the solid ones."
The Los Solidos are considered to be a prison gang in
Connecticut correctional facilities and they are also active in
the streets of Hartford and Waterbury, CT
A committee which includes an executive president, vice
president and five executive "stars" governs the Los Solidos.
The members identify themselves by wearing a bandana that is
half blue and half red. This comes from the original colors of
the Ghetto Brothers (blue) and the Savage Nomads (red); the
combined colors denote solidarity between the two groups.
Translated, Mexikanemi means
"Free-Mexican." This gang formed in the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice in 1984 and is also known as the Mexican Mafia.
(Note: This gang is sometimes mistaken as the traditional
Mexican Mafia of California. It is a separate group.) The
Mexican Mafia also refer to themselves as La Eme (Spanish
pronunciation for the letter "M.") while the Mexikanemi
sometimes refer to themselves as EMI.
After forming, the group rapidly grew to become the largest gang
in the Texas system (numbers reported only as "Mexican Mafia")
and became known for criminal activity to include extortion,
drugs and murder. They state that they will conduct any criminal
activity that will benefit their advancement including contract
The Mexikanemi has a constitution and is structured along
paramilitary lines with a President, Vice-President, General,
Lieutenants, Sergeants and Soldiers.
A Mexikanemi member must be prepared to give up his life or to
take the life of someone else at any time.
According to an article in the
California Correctional News, the Nazi Low Riders are the
fastest growing gang in the California prison system. They
originated in California Youth Authority during the 1970's at
Preston School of Industry, and recently have developed a power
base from within Los Angeles and Orange Counties in Southern
California. From this power base, the NLR have spread hate
throughout the State of California and the prison system.
They seem to recruit white members in the prison system from
smaller, less active prison gangs whose members are "looking for
a place to park their anger, hatred and predatory ways."
Over 1,000 NLR members have been identified in the system and
because of their propensity for violence toward staff and other
inmates there is grave concern.
It is believed that some of the NLR are aligned with, and owe
allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood. Other members of the NLR
see themselves as a separate entity that will do anything to be
more violent than the AB.
are the letters NLR. Other tattoos may include swastikas,
pictures of Adolph Hitler and other Nazi imagery.
From The Prisons To The Streets: The Nazi Low Riders Emerge
NOTE: The NLR are not limited to the State of California. They
are rapidly spreading to many other parts of the United States.
NEW MEXICO SYNDICATE
The New Mexico Syndicate is
also known as the Syndicato Nuevo Mexico. It has a close
alliance with, and subscribes to, the philosophies of the
Mexican Mafia. The SNM gained notoriety after the riot in the
New Mexico State Penitentiary in 1980. The SNM is considered to
be the most violent and most powerful of all of the Security
Threat Groups within the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
SNM members follow a chain of command and are led by a Don
(General) and a group of long time, respected inmates, called
"The Panel." The general membership is known as soldiers. Known
enemies of the SNM are members of another Hispanic group known
as Los Carnales. (meaning: The Brothers)
It is believed that the
Northern Structure is a spin-off of La Nuestra Familia. This may
have occurred due to the Federal RICO prosecution of many LNF
members in 1982. The NS is an ethnic organization with primarily
Hispanic members that is sometimes known as Nuestra Raza or NR
(Our Race). Its primary gang activity is narcotics trafficking.
The group is antagonistic towards the Mexican Mafia and the
display many tattoos used by La Nuestra Familia. They also use
XIV (fourteenth letter of the alphabet - N) to show alliance
with the Norte or Norteños of Northern California. The Aztec
eagle may also be seen in their drawings or tattoos.
It was noticed that some of
the Mexican nationals were grouping up and running in tight
circles. The origins are still vague but they hang together for
protection due to the fact they are off-limits to being
recruited by the other gangs. The HPL are the only ones that
actually have recruited a few of them. The PRM (Partido
Revolucionario Mexicano) are said to be the more cultured,
dignified of the two and rumor has it they are also aligned with
the PRI (Mexican Political Party). The Mexicles are those not
good enough to join the PRM. It is hard to tell the difference
between the two as they write the same lingo and are pretty
closely knit. They are very violent because of them not wanting
to be deported when they are released from prison. There are
generals for the different regions and are well organized. The
PRM do have a tattoo but only a few have been seen on offenders.
They have been known to side with the TS, Barrio Azteca and MM,
depending upon the unit and the situation. They are rapidly
The TM originated in the Texas
Department of Corrections in the early 1980's and is comprised
of predominately white convicts and ex-convicts. It is known as
an organized crime-type entity.
Many of the members are drug traffickers and have extensive
knowledge about drugs and trafficking. Members often specialize
in methamphetamine and many have close ties with motorcycle
gangs. The TM will commit robberies, burglaries, thefts, etc.
for other gangs for 15% of the value of the goods.
This gang has displayed a propensity for violence and has been
reported to have been involved in inmate homicides. They have
also been linked to "outside" criminal activity.
The Texas Mafia and the Texas Syndicate have very close ties and
they refer to the TS members as their cousins. They have been
known to carry out "hits" for the TS.
Tattoos may be found on the right forearm or behind the right
shoulder. Texas Mafia rules dictate that a TM inmate must be
tattooed before leaving the Texas Department of Corrections.
Back in the 1980s, the Bombers began as a break dance crew. This
was not a money making venture so they did petty crimes. The
leaders of the group wanted to take the group to a higher level.
A confirmed Texas Syndicate member, who saw the potential in the
group, took them under his wing and schooled them with the
blessing of the TS. Both the Bomber and Brotherhood
constitutions mirror the TS's. One of the leaders came to prison
and was intent on keeping the Bombers alive, however, he made
friends with those out of the Valley (South Texas). He knew they
could never be Bombers so he created the Brotherhood. He was
soon on the outs with the Mexikanemi (MM) and the Raza Unida. He
then hid behind the skirts of the TS too much thus causing them
to cut him loose. The Brotherhood and Bombers at this time do
not get along and were at war. As of this writing, they have
signed a six month peace treaty which has been slow to hit the
streets of the Valley.
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