*** Texas street gangs and Mexican drug cartels are in bed together:
In the recently published Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2011, analysts for the Texas Department of Publuc Safety report that some of the state's most powerful gangs have formed strong ties with Mexican cartels. Those gangs include the San Antonio-based Mexican Mafia as well as the Texas Syndicate and Tango Blast, sometimes called Orejones in San Antonio, both of which have a presence here. * * * "The gangs increase their power and acquire wholesale quantities of drugs at reasonable prices, while the cartels extend their network of connections deeper into the United States."
*** After a decade on the lam a suspect in a gangland bloodbath in San Bernardino, CA is extradited from Mexico: "the case became known as the Dead Presidents because the four men who were killed were the leaders of two gang cliques known as the West Side Verdugos, police said."
*** Man charged for his alleged role in whacking three teenage boys in 2009 outside their high school in Chicago, IL: "the Latin Kings and Black P-Stone gangs had been in a running dispute in the area . . . in the weeks leading up to the attack."
*** Gang-related killings are at a decade high in Portland, OR.
*** Police arrest suspected members from rival West Side Piru and South Side Play Boy Sureno Trece gangs on attempted murder charges involving unrelated shootings in Eugene, OR.