A breakdown of gangs operating in Whatcom County

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 6, 2011 

Washington State Department of Transportation employees Stan Hanson, Maintainence Lead Tech, left, and Dale McClellan, Maintainence Tech 2, cover up graffitti Monday morning, January 25, 2011 that was spraypainted the night before on the southbound Interstate 5 soundwall just north of the Lakeway exit. "When graffitti happens we want to cover it up as soon as possible, especially if there's profanity," said Hanson.

RUSS KENDALL — BELLINGHAM HERALD

The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office provided a breakdown of the primary gang "classes" active in Whatcom County. It includes the number of known members or associates, which is usually lower than the actual number, Sheriff Bill Elfo said. This list only includes gangs identified by the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. Bellingham Police declined to provide similar information; officials said they believe the publication of such information glorifies gangs.

BLOODS

Primarily West Side Piru

Known members and associates: 44

Members arrested for: murder, felony assault, assault, drug possession, theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, robbery, theft of a firearm, rape of a child, vehicle prowl, home invasion robbery, eluding, vehicular assault, disorderly conduct, escape, shoplifting, brandishing a weapon, manufacturing/delivery of drugs, malicious mischief, counterfeiting, dangerous weapons, obstruction, violation of a no-contact order, domestic violence, sex crime, threats, criminal impersonation, aggravated assault with a knife, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and more.

CRIPS

Mostly Rollin' 60s Crips and Hoover Crips

Known members and associates: 39

Members arrested for: murder, attempted murder, felony assault, home invasion robbery, assault, drug possession, fighting, weapons violations, burglary, vehicle prowl, possession of stolen property, theft, assault, obstruction, malicious mischief, shoplifting, resisting arrest, harassment, armed robbery, auto theft, forgery, rape of a child, threats, delivery of drugs, violation of an exclusion order, hit and run, failure to register as a sex offender, unlawful possession of a firearm, robbery, disorderly conduct, extortion, kidnapping, eluding, possession of a stolen firearm and more.

EAST AFRICAN POSSE

Known members and associates: 15

Members arrested for: robbery, burglary, assault with a firearm, assault, obstruction, possession of drugs, disorderly conduct, forgery, shoplifting, theft, delivery of cocaine, delivery of crack cocaine, criminal impersonation, unlawful possession of firearm and more.

BLACK GANGSTER DISCIPLES

Known members and associates: 10

Members arrested for: murder, robbery, rape, felony assault, assault, malicious mischief, domestic violence, burglary, theft, assault with a knife, vehicle prowl, possession of drugs, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, disorderly conduct, eluding, possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, auto theft, kidnapping, assault with a firearm, possession of stolen property and more.

SURENOS

Including 18th Street, South Side Whittier Tokers, La Raza Playboys, Brown Pride Surenos, Bonsallo Locos Surenos, Little Valley Locos, La Premiera Gangsters, Playboy Surenos and others.

Known members and associates: 181

Members arrested for: murder, robbery, armed robbery, rape, felony assault, assault, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs, theft, auto theft, escape, malicious mischief, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of meth with intent to deliver, rape of a child, disorderly conduct, burglary, obstruction, kidnapping, eluding, harassment, vehicular assault, vehicle prowl, carrying and discharging a dangerous weapon, graffiti, domestic assault, brandishing a handgun, drug delivery, reckless endangerment, weapons violations, shoplifting, hit and run, forgery, manufacturing drugs, criminal impersonation, assault with a knife, threats, drug trafficking, extortion, assault with a firearm, failure to register as a sex offender, drive-by shooting and more.

NORTENOS

Known members and associates: 9

Members arrested for: robbery, felony assault, felon in possession of a shotgun, possession of drugs, hit and run, assault, theft, unlawful imprisonment, assault with sexual motivation, burglary, rape of a child, obstruction, possession of stolen property, domestic violence and more.

DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION

Cannot identify at this time

Known members and associates: 6

Members arrested for: possession of drugs, assault, theft, forgery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, delivery of drugs, obstruction, malicious mischief, theft of a firearm, domestic violence, possession of a dangerous weapon, child molestation and more.

TINY RASCAL GANGSTERS

Known members and associates: 10; gang may no longer be active.

Members arrested for: home invasion robbery, burglary, theft, felony assault, possession of stolen property, vehicle prowl, possession of a stolen firearm, domestic violence, malicious mischief, possession of drugs, obstruction, threats, rape of a child and more.

BANDIDOS, OTHER OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS

Known members and associates: 27

Members arrested for: robbery, felony assault, racketeering, burglary, counterfeiting, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs, forgery, escape, domestic assault, obstruction, malicious mischief, manufacturing drugs, delivery of drugs, eluding and more.

WHITE SUPREMACISTS

Including Aryan Nation, Aryan Brotherhood, European Kindred, Volksfront, Volks Nation, White Aryan Resistance, United Skinheads of America and others

Known members and associates: 52

Members arrested for: murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, robbery, felony assault, assault, hate crimes, possession of drugs, delivery of drugs, intimidating a witness, eluding, felon in possession of a firearm, burglary, forgery, identity theft, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful imprisonment, auto theft, theft, vehicle prowl, possession of stolen property, felony harassment, home invasion robbery, manufacturing drugs, escape, assault on law enforcement with a firearm, hit and run, rape of a child, trafficking in stolen property, intimidating a public servant and more.

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