Gangs 101. Presented by Kim Slayton White Commonwealth’s Attorney Artwork from www.streetgangs.com
Facts About Gangs. • 31,000 Gangs in US • 850,000 Gang Members in US • Gang Members Age Range 12 to 24 +/- • 94% Male • Females in Over 1/3 of Gangs
Gangs & Crime. • Primary Distributors of Illegal Drugs in US • Dominant Retail Level Distributors of Crack, Cocaine, PCP in Virginia • Control and Expansion of Operations Locations Result in High Levels of Violence • Assault, Burglary, Drive-by Shootings, Extortion, Homicide, Identity Fraud, Money Laundering, Robbery, Witness Intimidation
Northern Virginia MS 13 Gangster Disciples Latin Kings Bloods Crips Pagans & Hells Angels 18th Street Mexican Mafia Skinheads Southside Locos Asian Dragon Family Richmond MS 13 Gangster Disciples Latin Kings Bloods Crips Pagans & Hells Angels 18th Street Folk Nation Skinheads Asian Gangs Vice Lords Gangs In Virginia?? Two Hours Away!!!
Tidewater Bloods MS 13 18th Street Gangster Disciples Latin Kings United Blood Nation Renegades Skinheads Vice Lords Southwest Virginia Bloods Crips Latin Kings Sureno 13 MS 13 Pagans & Hells Angels Outlaws Skinheads Mexikanemi (TX Mexican Mafia) ?????
Not Just in the Big Cities . . . • August, 2003, Brenda Paz, former MS 13 member found on banks of North Fork of Shenandoah River. • May, 2003, Christopher Kennedy, Crips, found in Braley Pond in West Augusta. • May, 2004, Herndon High freshman killed in gang related shooting.
Closer To Home . . . • Southside & Piedmont Region • Crips • 18th Street • MS 13 • Folk Nation • Bloods • People Nation • 5%
Right Here At Home. • Crips – loose affiliation • Folk Nation • 5% • Locally Organized Gangs: • MFC – Mayfield Crew • PTC – Parker Town Crew • Sinai / Westside - 654 • Cody • Clover
Territorial Hierarchical Respect Loyalty Equals Violence How Gangs Operate.
What To Look For. • Doodles, graffiti, symbols in child’s room, on notebooks, clothing, personal effects • Particularly stars, pitchforks, unexplained letters, tears.
Still Watching . . . • Tattoos or jewelry with same symbols • Constant use of one color; team identification • Constant manner of wearing clothes • Others wearing same clothing • Photographs
What We Are Doing. • Halifax County Anti-Gang Task Force • Utilizing New Legislation • Educating the Public • Forming Partnerships