Report: Crips, Bloods have ‘significant presence’ in Central Texas

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(KWTX) The Crips and Bloods gangs have a “significant presence” in McLennan and Bell counties, according to the Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which the Texas Department of Public Safety released Wednesday.

The two gangs also have a significant presence in Travis, Bexar, Williamson, Victoria and Hays counties, the report says.

At any given time, the report estimates, there are more than 100,000 gang members in the state.

The report says Texas gangs are responsible for “high levels of violence throughout the state” including murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and sex trafficking.

One Crips member arrested during an undercover prostitution sting in Waco was named in federal indictments in December 2017 “after transporting a woman from Mississippi to Texas with the intent to compel prostitution,” the report said.

The assessment found that gangs pose a significant threat to public safety in the state, continue to work closely with Mexican Cartels and use social media to communicate, boast and recruit.

“Gangs and their associates remain a significant threat to public safety, 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.

Texas gangs are “heavily involved in the trafficking of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana,” the report says.

In the aftermath of the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival motorcycle groups at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant, motorcycle gangs such as the Mongols “continue to challenge the dominance of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” the assessment says.

“Disgruntled Bandidos members in Texas created a rival motorcycle gang called the Kinfolk, which led to violent conflicts around the state,” the assessment says.

“The findings in this report are further evidence that the State of Texas must continue to do all it can to proactively and aggressively combat gangs operating in our state,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Over the last few years, we have expanded the number of Texas Anti-Gang Centers, and initiated and supported violent crime task forces in our state," he said.

" With gangs continuing to pose a serious threat to public safety in Texas, our residents can rest assured that we will remove these ruthless criminals from the streets and bolster the safety and security of our communities.”