When we think of gangs, we usually think of the big cities of Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois or New York, New York. But gangs are alive and well across the entire country in cities both big and small. Even in East Texas we have a gang threat to deal with. These members can be pretty good at eluding capture by police but still keep a presence in the public. Texas police do their best to capture gang members and bring down the gangs they're in. But even with all that good work, there are eight gangs that have taken over Texas.

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Gangs in Texas

There are an estimated 100,000 gang members in the State of Texas. While that doesn't sound like a lot compared to the overall population of the state, that's still enough to make an impact in any community, including in East Texas. Interstate 20 runs through the heart of East Texas and is a major pipeline for human trafficking, a big money maker for some gangs. It doesn't help that these gangs get a lot of their members from our local jails.

Gang Activities

Gangs are not always violent, either. Their crimes can easily bring in a lot of money through non-violent crimes like prostitution, theft, various forms of fraud and identity theft among others. Gang activities are very diverse:

  • Alien smuggling
  • Armed robbery
  • Assault
  • Auto theft
  • Burglary
  • Drive-by shootings
  • Drug trafficking
  • Extortion
  • Firearms offenses
  • Fraud
  • Home invasions
  • Homicide
  • Identity theft
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Murder
  • Prostitution rings
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Weapons trafficking

The Major Gangs in Texas

While smaller gangs do pop up in large and small towns in Texas, there are still some major gangs that have a large amount of members to carry out their various crimes. Below you will find the eight major gangs that have taken over Texas (worldpopulationreview.com).

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