Waco Texas was the scene yesterday where rival biker gangs had a fight and a shootout that resulted in 9 dead and 18 injured. In the latest update police had arrested and jailed more than 165 members of rival motorcycle gangs with all arrested suspects being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. Some could face more charges as the investigation continues.
It all started shortly after noon at a shopping center Sunday along Interstate 35 that was full of people. According to reports, the gangs were meeting at a Twin Peaks restaurant to settle disputes over territory and recruitment in a meeting called The Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents.
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Some History of Gangs in Texas
In a 2014 gang threat assessment, the Texas Department of Public Safety classified the Bandidos as a “Tier 2″ threat, the second highest. Other groups in that tier included the Bloods, Crips and Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.
The Bandidos, formed in the 1960s, are involved in trafficking cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Texas assessment doesn’t mention the Cossacks.
There’s at least one documented instance of violence between the two groups. In November 2013, a 46-year-old from Abilene who police say was the leader of a West Texas Bandidos chapter was charged in the stabbings of two members of the Cossacks club.
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