Law Enforcement Guide to Texas Street Gangs

Texas Department of Public Safety

  • 45 pages
  • For Law Enforcement Use Only
  • July 2007


This booklet is published by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Intelligence Service, with the cooperation of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Security Threat Group Management Office. It is being provided as a resource to assist law enforcement agencies and correctional staff in identifying possible members of Security Threat Groups (STGs) and is not to be disseminated outside your agency.

This booklet contains historical synopses of all STGs recognized by the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), as well as recognized tattoos and other
related indicators most often used by STGs and various street gang members.
Gang members may change or modify the tattoos as corrections officials and law
enforcement identify them as gang-related. The dynamics of these groups are
also subject to change.

Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) 7
Aryan Circle (AC) 8
Barrio Azteca (BA) 9
Bloods (BLD) 10
Crips (CRP) 11
Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos (HPL) 12
Mexikanemi/Texas Mexican Mafia (EME) 13
Partido Revolucionario Mexicano (PRM) 14
Raza Unida (RU) 15
Texas Chicano Brotherhood (TXCB) 16
Texas Mafia (TM) 17
Texas Syndicate/Syndicato Tejano (ESE TE; TS) 18
Austin Tangos (ATX; Capirucha) 22
Corpus Christi Tangos (Corpitos; Charco) 23
Dallas Tangos (D-Town) 24
El Paso Tangos (EPT) 25
Fort Worth Tangos (Foritos; Foros) 26
Houston Tangos (Houstone; H-Town) 27
Rio Grande Valley Tangos (Valluco) 28
San Antonio Tangos (San Anto; Orejones) 29
West Texas Tangos (WTX) 30
18th Street Gang 33
Black Gangster Disciples (BGD) 34
Latin Kings (LK) 35
Mandingo Warriors (MW) 36
Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) 37
Mexicles 38
Surenos 39
Tri-City Bombers (TRICB) 40
White Knights (WK) 41

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8 comments for “Law Enforcement Guide to Texas Street Gangs

  1. Sean Pritchett
    May 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    With regards to the Texas Gangs handbook, in the section dealing with Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, The Aryan Reich is referenced as an organizational name adopted by the ABT as a front or cover to avoid detection. However, the Aryan Reich, as acknowledged by federal authorities in numerous instances, is actually an independant organization founded by numerous individuals with no ties to the ABT. And, infact, the two organizations have been at war several times since the Aryan Reich’s inception in 1993.

  2. November 25, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I Think That Austin For Being A Smaller City Then Most But More Drugs Come In and Out The City. Not Alot Of Murders Because The City Is Run Four Major Gangs First The Crip( Los Angeles Based Street Gang)Tango Blast(Texas Prison Gang)Texas Syndicate(Texas Prison Gang)Mexican Mafia(Prison Gang)That Make Money Instead Of Killing.

  3. January 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    “Some people just want to watch the word burn” Dark Knight, Move. It is unfortunate the proliferation of gangs continues to increase, but equally so, it is unfortunate we stigmatize those who have been in trouble with the law and some people don’t have a choice but to climb the ranks or get a low paying job who’ll accept a low paying job.

  4. October 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

    My son-in-law is a Tango Orejone and people are so quick to judge without knowing. I found him on lock up and still havent met him but hes a great person and just because hes a gang member doesnt mean shit. Im a gang member but Im going to school and making something out of myself, but I will never forget where I truly come from.

    • AB
      April 3, 2014 at 7:33 am

      You’re a piece of trash. You’ll never amount to anything more than property, then one of your scumbag homies will kill you. No loss. All you sissy bangers will die at my hand.


    • JB
      November 12, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      then you’ll never amount to anything more than what you are now. that type of life was nowwhere in God’s teachings until you live for him you wont truly live at all and life will just be hard all the time

  5. m blooker
    January 5, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Anyone know what gang would have a black dragón or Snake tattoo on inside of left arm maybe originating from the garland tx area

  6. Skkrap
    February 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Gangs/Organizations Have Always Been Around & Always Will Be. You Can Be Involved In A Gang/Organization & Still Be Successful In Life. You Can Still Be A Positive Asset To The Community. Y’all Just Don’t Know The Struggles Some Folks Go Through & How They Were Raised. Until You Live Our Lives & Go Through What We Went Through & Continue To Go Through You Will Never Understand.

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