HOUSTON, TEXAS – Have you seen all the graffiti around town? Some is art. But some is old-school tagging that represents street gangs. The Texas Department of Public Safety says there are more than 100,000 gang members in Texas and they expect the gang threat to remain high in the coming year.
The Houston Tango Blast, the Mexican Mafia, and the Crips are among the most prominent in the Bayou City.
And what exactly do gangsters do for a living? They participate in robbery, drug dealing and assaults. They also smuggle drugs, weapons and people across the border, in partnership with the Mexican cartels. Recently we saw a house full of trafficking victims. The report says gangs working directly with the cartels represent a particular threat.
Often times, young members join gangs while in prison. And once they’re back on the street they continue their gangster ways.
You can report any gang activity to HPD, Crime-stoppers or the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. If we want to keep our neighborhoods safe, we should all act together, like a gang.