A new Gang Threat Assessment released by the state shows Texas, including some East Texas counties, has many areas of high gang activity.
One map specifically shows higher than normal gang activity in Smith County and Gregg County. Only the major metropolitan areas of Houston, Dallas and San Antonio have a higher level of gang concentration.
The report identifies Tango Blast and associated Tango cliques, Latin Kings, Texas Mexican Mafia and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) as the gangs posing the greatest threat to Texas due to their relationships with Mexican cartels, consistent transnational criminal activity, statewide presence and a high propensity for violence, among other significant factors.
“This report provides an overview of gangs operating in Texas, which gives law enforcement important information to help protect our communities from these violent organizations,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Gangs and their associates remain a significant threat to public safety in our state, not only because of their penchant for violence and criminal activity, but also their relationships with other criminal organizations, such as Mexican cartels.”
The Texas Gang Threat Assessment is based on the collaboration between multiple law enforcement and criminal justice agencies across the state and nation, whose contributions were essential in creating this comprehensive overview of gang activity in Texas.
This assessment details the state’s systematic approach to evaluating and classifying gangs in order to identify which organizations represent the most substantial threat. The report reveals that there are as many as 100,000 gang members across the state.
You can see the full report below: