Criminal Street Gangs You May See in The State of Oregon
2024 was a busy year for gang activity in many parts of Oregon. But police specifically in the cities of Medford, Eugene, Salem, Klamath Falls, Woodburn and Portland say they're always busy every year with gang crime.
TWO MAJOR STREET GANGS CALL THE STATE OF OREGON HOME
If you live or visit Oregon any of those cities it's likely you'll hear or maybe even walk in areas where the gangs operate. Like Washington State two main gangs operate in the state of Oregon and they are members of the Nortenos and Surenos. Yakima Police say the violent criminal gangs are busy throughout the Pacific Northwest in a number of different areas like selling drugs and maintaining the areas they live and control.
CRIPS AND BLOODS ALSO OPERATE IN THE STATE OF OREGON
Along with Nortenos and Surenos, Crips and Bloods also operate in the state of Oregon and many are arrested on criminal charges every year.
With an open US border authorities throughout the Pacific Northwest say they've seen an increase in criminal gang members and an increase in the number of arrests for fentanyl and other major drugs.
SOME GROUPS ARE UNNAMED BUT STILL ACT AND OPERATE LIKE GANGS IN OREGON
Authorities say while established gangs operate in Oregon a bunch of unnamed groups battle each other in Oregon's largest city, Portland.
Portland Police say groups establish themselves and battle with other downtown groups but few belong to actual local gangs. The groups however operate nearly identical to gangs committing violent crimes and selling illegal drugs.
GANGS THAT OPERATE IN OREGON HAVE LOTS OF TIES ALONG WITH WEST COAST AND ALL CONTROL TERRITORY
While the established gangs in Oregon operate in different ways, they all have one thing in common: they control a large portion of the state. They all have their own territories, their own members, and their own distinct styles.
Police however are hoping their days are numbered.
Oregon authorities have been keeping tabs on them for years and are doing all they can to keep Oregon residents safe from gang activity.
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