America is home to thousands of street gangs, but the best known include prison gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate along with motorcycle gangs like the Mongols, the Hell's Angels and the Bandidos. These gangs conduct a number of criminal enterprises, ranging from racketeering to drug smuggling and violent crime.Know More
Motorcycle gangs like the Pagans and the Sons of Silence are highly mobile and generally well organized. They use their motorcycle clubs and legitimate social organizations as fronts for a wide variety of criminal activities. They are especially entangled with enterprises like drug and arms smuggling and are connected to many other criminal sectors through those avenues.
Prison gangs like La Nuestra Familia and Neta exist as a means of self-segregation within the United States penal system and as a security system to provide protection for individual inmates by gathering into bands. These gangs engage in violent conflict with one another along racial and cultural lines and frequently maintain strong ties to gangs outside the prison system, smuggling contraband into prisons and engaging in systemic corruption and intimidation.
Organized crime is a widespread problem in the U.S. Gangs traffic heavily in drugs and cause a wide array of problems for mainstream society through crime and racketeering.Learn more about Crime
The West Side Verdugo was a Latino gang in San Bernardino, Calif., that gained national attention during the "Dead Presidents" case of 2000. The gang was once the largest in the city, but it is unclear if it still exists as of 2014.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the largest gang in Florida is the Latin Kings. The gang began spreading to Florida in the 1990s and have about 1,000 members in Florida's prison system in 2014. However, it is estimated that they have about 900 hundred more members outside of prison.Full Answer >
Black and red are the colors worn on clothing and used for identification by the Black Disciples, an African-American street gang. The gang is based in Chicago, Ill., and was formed in 1960 by David Barksdale.Full Answer >
Nearly every member of the law enforcement community will agree, the average civilian either lacks the familiarity or the proximity to accurately identify gang tattoos or symbols. More than this, symbolism varies from one organization to the next, and virtually nothing is universal.Full Answer >