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Gang Membership High in Prince George's County

New FBI report



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    One Maryland county has been named as having one of the largest gang populations in the southeast United States.

    By the FBI's count, Prince George's County has 7,131 residents associated with gangs.  That's second only to Miami-Dade County, in the FBI's list of counties with the largest number of gang members in the southeast.

    The FBI just released its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.  While most of the country's gang activity is concentrated in the west, incidents in the Washington metro region have caused some concern.

    The FBI wrote in its report that gang members affiliated with MS-13 and the Bloods in Prince George's are suspected in 16 homicides there this year.

    The report says there are 7,025 street gang members in Prince George's, and approximately 106 motorcycle gang members.

    FBI researchers note that nationally, outlaw motor gang affiliation is growing.  Virginia was one of the states cited with increasing motorcycle gang membership.

    To view the entire report, click here.

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