DPS: Barrio Azteca remains El Paso's most prominent gang threat

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released their annual Texas Gang Threat Assessment on Tuesday.

Based on the contributions of multiple law enforcement and criminal justice agencies across Texas and the U.S., this assessment provides an overview and update of gang activity throughout the state.

According to the assessment, there are as many as 100,000 gang members across Texas.

The El Paso-based gang, Barrio Azteca is one of the largest and most active prison gangs in West Texas, along with the Tango Cliques and Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. The largest and most active street gangs in West Texas are Surenos, Gangster Disciples, and Crips.

In January 2016, El Paso and Socorro law enforcement conducted eight consent searches at homes across the city. According to police, they successfully arrested 21 people related to Barrio Azteca and seized various quantities of drugs including heroin, marijuana and prescription pain medications.

This assessment explains Texas' approach to evaluating and classifying gangs in order to identify which gangs show the biggest threat.

"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," said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

To view the full Texas Gang Threat Assessment, please visit the DPS website.


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