Law Enforcement Guide to Texas Street Gangs

Texas Department of Public Safety

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

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TEXAS SECURITY THREAT GROUPS 5
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
TANGOS/TANGO BLAST GROUPS 19
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
MAJOR STREET GANGS AND CLIQUES 31
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
RESOURCES 42

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