Texas Syndicate

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Know Your Neighborhood Gangbangers by Their Tattoos

    It's a fine line between striking fear into the hearts of your enemies and signing a confession of criminal activity on your face. But in a fast-paced city like Houston with little patience for extensive introductions, some large Gothic letters on your forehead could save everybody a bit of time and ... More >>

  • Music

    May 27, 2010

    Deporting All WetWacks

    Houston's Mayalino swears a lyrical vendetta against fake rappers.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Valley Weekend Mayhem Proves God, Intoxicants, And Knives Don't Mix

    Photo courtesy Hidalgo Co Sheriff's Office​Catholicism, knives, and intoxicants proved to be a potent stew in two incidents in and around the Rio Grande Valley town of Edinburg over the weekend. One is kind of funny... When Hidalgo County police found 20-year-old Agustin Casanova hiding in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The Tango Blast Houstone Gang Takes A Hit

    Local and federal agents in an anti-gang task force charged with waging the much-debated "War on Drugs" have nabbed another round of bad guys, this time more than a dozen members of Texas' largest prison gang, Tango Blast Houstone. Acting Houston U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson announced today that 14 mem ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    Gang Lite?

    A new kind of gang in Texas and Houston promises protection but no lifelong commitment

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    Cover Story: Tango Blast Houstone

    Courtesy of HPD I first heard about the Hispanic prison gang Tango Blast Houstone from a social worker here in town who said he was alarmed at how many of the kids he was dealing with seemed to admire the gang’s members. He told me the group’s symbols, such as the Astros logo and area codes ... More >>

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Letters From the Inside

    Ricardo Lara spent 19 years in Texas prisons. He got out the other day.