Batang City Jail (BCJ) Prison Gang in the Philippines
The Fresno Bulldogs, also known by the abbreviations Perros Chatos, F-14 FBD, 624 and BDS, are a primarily Mexican American criminal street gang located in Fresno, California. They are considered to be one of the biggest drug gangs in Central California with membership estimated to be around 6,000 in the city of Fresno. They are engaged in a wide range of criminal activity and have been subject to many high-profile cases over the years. They wear mostly red but do not align themselves with Norteños, one of their biggest rival gangs in America.
Bandidos Motorcycle Club is now in the Philippines and Worldwide
Motto “We are the people our parents warned us about”
Location San Leon, Texas
Founder Donald Eugene Chambers
Type Outlaw motorcycle club
The Bandidos Motorcycle Club, also known as the Bandido Nation, is a “one-percenter” motorcycle gang and organized crime syndicate with a worldwide membership. The club was formed in 1966 by Don Chambers in Texas. Its motto is We are the people our parents warned us about. It is estimated to have 2,400 members in 210 chapters, located in 16 countries. The club considers itself to be an Outlaw Motorcycle Club. The Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada have named the Bandidos an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
The club was formed on March 4, 1966 in San Leon, Texas by Donald Eugene Chambers. Many people think Chambers named his club the Bandidos after seeing a TV commercial with the Frito Bandito enthusiastically promoting Fritos corn chips. This is not true, as the cartoon came out in 1968 (although he did adopt an obese machete- and pistol-wielding Mexican Bandido as the center patch for the club’s colors). Don Chambers, having served in Vietnam as a Marine,modeled the club’s colors after the scarlet and gold motif of the United States Marine Corps. After Chambers’ presidency ended due to his conviction for murder in El Paso, Texas, Ronnie “Seneca” Hodge was elevated to president.
Like the Hells Angels, The Bandidos also have a number of puppet, or so-called “support,” clubs, who are used as proxies for both legal and illegal activities. These groups usually wear reverse colors (gold border with red background rather than the Bandidos’ red-border–and–gold background). They also commonly wear a unique patch (known as the “Heart Patch”) consisting of a round patch in Bandidos colors on the front upper left of the colors (vest), as worn by the member. Most of these clubs are regional.
Founding locatio New York City Department of Corrections
Territory New York City, Upstate New York, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Hudson
County, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Boston, Hartford, Bridgeport, Providence, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Spain
Ethnicity Hispanic (Primarily Dominican)
Membership 25,000 worldwide
Criminal activities Drug Trafficking, Weapons trafficking, Assault, Witness intimidation, Murder, Robberies
Rivals Dominicans Don’t Play, United Blood Nation, Latin Kings
The Trinitarios or 3ni are a violent New York-based multinational organization composed of Hispanics.Trinitario was established in 1989 within the New York State prison system and since spilled into the streets, with chapters in all five boroughs of New York City. Reports of Trinitario activity have also been made in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. In Long Island places like Freeport, Brentwood, and Port Jefferson Station have a 3ni presence. It is considered the fastest-growing gang in New York, recruiting members from high schools local to the gang’s area of activity, with the highest numbers of reports coming from Chelsea, Gramercy Park, Harlem, the Morris Heights section of The Bronx and Washington Heights.[Their slogan is “Dios, Patria, y Libertad”, which means “God, Fatherland, and Liberty”.Trinitario is a Hispanic organization formed in prison, providing protection and unity for Hispanic inmates within the New York City Department of Corrections. The name “Trinitario” means the Trinity Brotherhood in Spanish. The public wrongly associates their name with La Trinitaria secret society that served as the keystone in the quest for independence in the Dominican Republic. Members view themselves as being, like the founding fathers, freedom fighters and protectors for Hispanic people, though in this case within the New York City Department of Corrections.It was originally composed of members of smaller, now-defunct Hispanic gangs such as Los Papi Chulos, Dominican Power, and Dominican Posse, as well as unaffiliated drug dealers. Many members remained affiliated with the gang after serving their sentences, and began recruiting in their neighborhoods, the path many prison gangs take as they become street gangs.
They are known (as featured on an episode of Gangland) for the use of the machete as their weapon of choice.
Locations and Membership
About 30,000 members worldwide (France, Philippines, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Dominican Republic etc.). One of the largest street gangs in NYC with over 10,000 members, and 10,000 more in other states like Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Alaska, and Pennsylvania.
Trinitarios is one of New York City’s most violent and fastest rising street gangs. With their reach spreading into neighboring New Jersey and beyond, these machete-welding Latino gangsters are now battling older, more established gangs, like the Latin Kings and Bloods, for control of the streets and the lucrative east coast drug market. What started as a prison gang has now become a dominant presence in the boroughs and the suburbs; as they prey on communities in the Tri-State area, Trinitarios are quickly rising on the radar of law enforcement agencies.According to New York Law Enforcement, the Trinitarios are the fastest growing gang in New York. According to the DEA and the NYPD they may be considered the toughest gang in NYC.According to the FBI National Gang Assessment for 2010, the Trinitarios have become a threat on the East Coast. In addition, they have become an emerging gang in the New England area.
List of active rebel groups
Jama’at al-Jihad al-Islami (Islamist)
Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb
also operates Morocco, Mauritania, Niger and Mali (sometimes “Al Qaeda in the Sahel” (Islamist)
Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (separatist nationalist)
Democratic Karen Buddhist Army(Buddhist/nationalist)
Committee for Emergence of a Federal Union (CEFU)
Karen National Union (ethnic/Democratic)
Kachin Independence Organization
Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP)
the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP)
Shan State Army-North (SSA-N)
Shan State Army-South (SSA-South)
New Mon State Party (NMSP)
Chin National Front (CNF)
National Liberation Army (ELN) (Marxist)
Popular Liberation Army (Marxist)
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia[ (FARC) (Marxist)
Black Eagles (rightwing paramilitary)
Comité Régional d’Action Viticole (Winemaker)
National Liberation Front of Corsica (Corsican nationalism)
Sect of Revolutionaries (leftist/anarchist)
Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei (leftist/anarchist)
National Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of Haiti
Abhinav Bharat (Hindu nationalism)
Communist Party of India (Maoist) (Marxist)
Hizbul Mujahideen (Islamist)
International Sikh Youth Federation (Sikh)
Khalistan Commando Force (Sikh)
Khalistan Zindabad Force (Sikh)
Lashkar-e-Taiba (also in Pakistan) (Islamist)
National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isaac-Muivah (Christian)
Students Islamic Movement of India (Islamist)
United Jihad Council (Islamist)
United Liberation Front of Assam (separatist)
(also known to operate in other parts of South East Asia such as Singapore and the Philippines) (Islamist)
South Moluccas – (Christian)
Free Papua Movement
Informal Anarchist Federation (leftist/anarchist)
Jundullah (Baloch nationalism/Islamist Sunni)
PJAK (affiliates of Turkey’s PKK) (Kurdish nationalism)
Al-Qaeda in Iraq (Islamist)
Islamic Army in Iraq (Islamist)
Mahdi Army (Islamist)
Various Palestinian groups
National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad
Popular Revolutionary Army (Marxist)
Zapatista Army of National Liberation (anarcho-communist)
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta(anarcho-communist)
Balochistan Liberation Army (Baloch nationalism)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (Islamist)
Fedayeen al-Islam (Islamist)
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (also operated in Kyrgzstan) (Islamist)
Palestine Liberation Organization
Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command
Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestine Liberation Front
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Morbiton (People’s Army)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Popular Resistance Committees
Abu Samhadana clan
Army of Islam (Gaza Strip)
Fatah Revolutionary Council
Paraguayan People’s Army (leftist)
Shining Path (Maoist)
Abu Sayyaf (Al-Harakat Al-Islamiyya) (Islamist)
Moro National Liberation Front (nationalist)
Moro Islamic Liberation Front[ (Islamist)
Rajah Sulaiman Movement (Islamist)
Misuari Renegade/Breakaway Group
Philippine Raja Solaiman Movement (Islamist)
New People’s Army (Communist)
Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas-1930 (Communist)
Alex Boncayao Brigades (Communist)
Caucasus Mujahadeen (Islamist)
Ingush Jamaat (Islamist)
Shariat Jamaat (Islamist)
Yarmuk Jamaat (Islamist)
Kataib al-Khoul (Islamist)
Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda
(also active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) (ethnic)
Union of Forces for Democracy and Development
Rally of Democratic Forces (rebel group)
National Movement for Reform and Development
Justice and Equality Movement
Sudan Liberation Movement/Army
Pattani United Liberation Organization (Islamist)
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Kurdish nationalism/Marxist)
Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (Kurdish nationalism/Marxist)
Lord’s Resistance Army (operates mainly in northern Uganda, but also in parts of Sudan and D.R. of the Congo). (Christian)
United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
Continuity Irish Republican Army: 1994–present (separatist/Irish nationalist)
Real Irish Republican Army: 1997–present (separatist/Irish nationalist)
Óglaigh na hÉireann (Real IRA splinter group): 2009–present (separatist/Irish nationalist)
Republican Action Against Drugs: 2008–present (vigilante/Irish nationalist)
Orange Volunteers: 1998–present (Ulster loyalist/sectarian)
Real Ulster Freedom Fighters: 2007–present (Ulster loyalist/sectarian)
Red Hand Defenders: 1998–present (Ulster loyalist/sectarian)
Houthis (separatist nationalism/ Islamist Shia)
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Islamist)
Prison gangs are now in the Philippines and Worldwide
Prison gang is a term used to denote any type of gang activity in prisons and correctional facilities. Prison officials and others in law enforcement use the term security threat group or STG. The concept for this name is to take away the recognition and publicity that the term “gang” connotates when referring to people who have an interestin undermining the system.
Most prison gangs do more than offer simple protection for their members. Most often, prison gangs are responsible for any drug, tobacco or alcohol handling inside correctional facilities. Furthermore, many prison gangs involve themselves in prostitution, assaults, kidnappings and murders. Prison gangs often seek to intimidate other inmates (pressuring them to relinquish their food and other resources) and bribe or intimidate prison staff (to ensure they can go about their activities without interference, and to create links to the outside).
In addition, prison gangs often exercise a large degree of influence over organized crime in the “free world”, larger than their isolation in prison might lead one to expect. Since the 1980s, larger prison gangs have consciously worked to leverage their influence inside prison systems to control and profit from drug trafficking on the street. This is made possible based upon the logic that individuals involved in selling illegal drugs face a high likelihood of serving a prison term at some point or in having a friend or family member in prison. The cooperation of drug dealers and other criminals can be secured due to the credible threat of violence upon incarceration if it is not provided. Prison gang members and associates who are released are usually expected to further the gang’s activities after their release and may face danger if they refuse and are returned to prison, such as on a parole violation. The War on Drugs also led to large numbers of drug addicts serving prison terms, providing gangs with a significant method of asserting control within the prison and by controlling the drug trade that happens on the yard and behind bars.
Prison gangs can also be responsible for laundering money from outside gangs, usually the free world branches of the same gangs “on the inside.”
Most correctional facilities have policies prohibiting the formation of prison gangs. However, many prison gangs continue to operate with impunity. As these gang members are already in prison, and often serving long sentences, any punishment incentive to leave a gang or to integrate with the general prison population is reduced.
Prison gangs often have several “affiliates” or “chapters” in different state prison systems that branch out due to the movement or transfer of their members. Smaller prison gangs may associate with or declare allegiance to larger ones. In addition, some prison gang “chapters” may split into antagonistic groups that become rivals, as the MexicanMafia did in Arizona (into the “Old” or “Original” Mexican Mafia associated with the original California gang and the “New Mexican Mafia”, a rival group).
In the United States
Aryan Brotherhood: A white prison gang that originated in California’s San Quentin Prison, amongst White American prisoners, in 1964 (their emblem, “the brand”, consists of a shamrock and the number 666). Perhaps out of their ideology and the necessity of establishing a presence among the more numerous Black and Hispanic gang members, the AB has a particular reputation for ruthlessness and violence. Since the 1990s, in part because of this reputation, the AB has been targeted heavily by state and federal authorities. Many key AB members have been moved to “supermax” control-unit prisons at both the federal and state level or are under federal indictment.
Nazi Lowriders: A newer white prison gang that emerged after many Aryan Brotherhood members were sent to the Security Housing Unit at Pelican Bay or transferred to federal prisons. NLR is associated with members originally from the Antelope Valley and is known to accept some light-skinned or Caucasian-identified Hispanic members.
La Eme or the Mexican Mafia: “Eme” is the Spanish name of the letter “M” and it is the 13th letter in the alphabet. The Mexican mafia are composed mostly of Hispanics, although some Caucasian members exist. The Mexican Mafia and the Aryan Brotherhood are allies and work together to control prostitution, drug running, weapons and “hits” or murders. Originally formed in the 1950s in California prisons by Hispanic prisoners from the southern part of that state, Eme has traditionally been composed of US-born or raised Hispanics and has retained ties to the Southern California-based “Sureños”. During the 1970s and 1980s, Eme in California established the model of leveraging their power in prison to control and profit from criminal activity on the street.
Nuestra Familia (“our family” in Spanish): The “N” is the 14th letter in the alphabet which is used as their symbol,along with the Roman numeral “XIV” to represent their gang, another mostly Hispanic prison gang that is constantly at war with La Eme and was originally formed from Northern-California or rural-based Hispanic prisoners opposing the domination by La Eme, which was started by and associated with Los Angeles gang members.
The Texas Syndicate: A mostly Texas-based prison gang that includes mostly Hispanic members and does (albeit rarely) allow Caucasian members. The Texas Syndicate, more than La Eme or Nuestra Familia, has been associated or allied with Mexican immigrant prisoners, such as the “Border Brothers”, while Eme and Familia tend to be composed of and associate with US-born or raised Hispanics.
Most African-American prison gangs retain their street gang names and associations. These commonly include Rollin’ sets (named after streets, i.e. Rollin’ 30′s, Rollin’ 40′s etc.) that can identify with either Blood or Crip affiliations. The Black Guerilla Family represents an exception, as an originally politically-based group that has a significant presence in prisons and prison politics.
Netas: a Hispanic (mainly Puerto Rican) gang, found on Puerto Rico and on the eastern coast of the US.
United Blood Nation: an African-American prison gang found on the east coast. They are rivals with the Netas and have ties with the Black Guerilla Family.
Folk Nation: Found in Midwestern and Southern states, allied with Crips, bitter rivals with the People Nation.
People Nation: Found in Midwestern and Southern states, allied with Bloods, bitter rivals with the Folk Nation.
D.C. Blacks: Found in Washington D.C. by African-American inmates, are alliged with the BGF and UBN and enemies to
AB and MM.
European Kindred: a white supremacist prison gang founded in Oregon that is affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood
and the Ku Klux Klan.
Confederate Knights of America: a white supremacist prison gang in Texas that is affiliated with the KKK and AB.
Aryan Circle: a white supremacist prison gang affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and the KKK.
Dead Man Incorporated (DMI): a predominately white prison gang founded in the Maryland Correctional System with branches in many other correctional facilities throughout the U.S.
Conservative Vice Lords (CVL): A primarily African American gang that originated in the St. Charles Illinois Youth Center outside Chicago.[ In Chicago, CVL operated primarily in the Lawndale section and used drug sales profits to continue operation and used prisons to train and recruit new members.
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas: a white supremacist prison gang affiliated with the AB and the KKK.