America is home to thousands of street gangs, but the best known include prison gangs like the Aryan Brotherhood, the Mexican Mafia and the Texas Syndicate along with motorcycle gangs like the Mongols, the Hell's Angels and the Bandidos. These gangs conduct a number of criminal enterprises, ranging from racketeering to drug smuggling and violent crime.Continue Reading
Motorcycle gangs like the Pagans and the Sons of Silence are highly mobile and generally well organized. They use their motorcycle clubs and legitimate social organizations as fronts for a wide variety of criminal activities. They are especially entangled with enterprises like drug and arms smuggling and are connected to many other criminal sectors through those avenues.
Prison gangs like La Nuestra Familia and Neta exist as a means of self-segregation within the United States penal system and as a security system to provide protection for individual inmates by gathering into bands. These gangs engage in violent conflict with one another along racial and cultural lines and frequently maintain strong ties to gangs outside the prison system, smuggling contraband into prisons and engaging in systemic corruption and intimidation.
Organized crime is a widespread problem in the U.S. Gangs traffic heavily in drugs and cause a wide array of problems for mainstream society through crime and racketeering.Learn more about Crime
A few notorious motorcycle club names include Hells Angels, Bandidos, Sons of Silence, Outlaws and Mongols. Some nonviolent motorcycle club names are Flaming Knights, LA Deuces, Original Route 66, Rolling Thunder, Sacred Bones Society, Steel Horses, Untouchables, Freedom Riders, Gunfighters, Law Dawgs and Iron Crew Law Enforcement. Many of these motorcycle clubs have "MC" in their names to abbreviate "motorcycle club."Full Answer >
Dothan, Alabama is home to three street gangs as of 2015. Montgomery, Alabama is home to the All Profits Gang, or APG. The nationwide street gangs the Crips and the Bloods have a significant presence in Alabama, as does The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.Full Answer >
The Bloods gang does not have a specific founder, but the Pirus gang teamed up with other street gangs to form a new group to resist the influence of the Crips. The Pirus gang, also known as the Piru Street Family, was originally a subgroup of the Crips, but it became its own group after an internal gang war in the 1970s.Full Answer >
The Sur 13 gang is part of a larger affiliation of gangs called the Surenos. The Surenos are a national Mexican-American gang in the United States with a heavy presence in California.Full Answer >