OK, who are the NGIC?

The NGIC is comprised of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), US Bureau of Prisons (BOP), United States Marshals Service (USMS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US Department of Defense (DOD), National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

In simple terms, these guys are serious people, and they have just released the 2011 report on organized gang activity in the US. It makes for rather sad reading. Including the appendices it comes in at a whopping 104 pages. It is worth reading, and you can read it here.

The statistics boggled my mind. An estimated 1.5 million people are hard core members of the various, and very varied world of gangland. They are affiliated with more than 30,000 identified gang entities.

Scant mention is made of the traditional organized crime syndicates, for the most part the Mob got a pass. A quick reference to the Lucchese family, but other than that, zip! Strange though it may seem, I have talked to a number of ex-mobsters and always have found them to be men of honor. They tended to stay away from the drug and flesh pedaling aspects.

While the text makes for interesting reading, it is the data and graphics that tell the whole story.

Southern California has a clear lead, Of course you have to also figure in the population density. Other hot spots seem to be Seattle, Southern Florida, Chicago, and not surprisingly parts of Texas.

What I did find strange was that New York came out reasonably unscathed.

The real shocker though was reference to gang affiliations from within Law Enforcement and the Armed Services! I for one would never have even thought of these as being places to look.

As of April 2011, the NGIC has identified members of at least 53 gangs whose members have served in or are affiliated with US military. Among the identified gangs with military-trained members are street gangs such as the Asian Boyz, Bloods, Crips, Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, MS-13, Sureños, Tiny Rascal Gangsters, and the Juggalos; the Aryan Brotherhood, Barrio Azteca, and Texas Syndicate prison gangs; and OMGs including the Bandidos, Hells Angels, Mongols, Outlaws, and Vagos. Some gangs, particularly OMGs, actively recruit members ith military training or advise members without criminal records to join the military for necessary weapons and combat training

A Hells Angels message is on the back of this truck.

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And here we have a soldier in a combat zone ‘throwing’ a gang sign.

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This report is well worth the effort to read.

Simon Barrett

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