Catching Up with Our Teens: Drug & Gang Lingo


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This presentation is geared toward parents, administrators, and educators who want to better understand their adolescent and teenage children's language and behavioral patterns. The prominent gangs in Texas, including their colors, symbols/tattoos, and patterns, are discussed. A list of commonly abused drugs is provided with synonyms and euphemisms for each substance, and there's even a list of synonyms for "high!" Speak your kids' language--they'll listen.

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Catching Up with Our Teens: Drug & Gang Lingo

  1. 1. Catching Up With Our Teens: Drug & Gang Lingo Austin Travis County Integral Care Morgan Johnson September, 2013
  2. 2. GANGS
  3. 3. TEXAS SECURITY THREAT GROUPS             Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Aryan Circle Barrio Azteca Bloods Crips Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos Mexikanemi/Texas Mexican Mafia PartidoRevolucionarioMexicano RazaUnida Texas Chicano Brotherhood Texas Mafia Texas Syndicate/SyndicatoTejano
  4. 4. TANGOS/TANGO BLAST GROUPS  Austin Tangos (Capirucha)  Corpus Christi Tangos (Corpitos; Charco)  Dallas Tangos (D-Town)  El Paso Tangos  Fort Worth Tangos (Foritos; Foros)  Houston Tangos (Houstone; H-Town)  Rio Grande Valley Tangos (Valluco)  San Antonio Tangos (San Anto; Orejones)  West Texas Tangos
  5. 5. MAJOR STREET GANGS AND CLIQUES  18th Street Gang  Black Gangster Disciples  Latin Kings  Mandingo Warriors  Mara Salvatrucha  Mexicles  Surenos  Tri-City Bombers  White Knights
  6. 6. Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT)  Structure The ABT is led by a steering committee comprised of five offenders, each of whom is responsible for a specific geographic area and maintains control of the group's activity in and out of the prison system. The steering committee is also responsible for making all rules and regulations for the organization.  Tattoos: The ABT insignia or tattoo depicts a shield with a Nordic dagger running through it, the letters "A" and "B" over the top of the shield, and the words "of Texas" located under the shield. All members are given the choice to put on the tattoo or not. Many have chosen to hide or disguise their tattoos in an effort to thwart detection by correctional and law
  7. 7. Aryan Circle  Structure The AC currently uses a hierarchical structure with a president, vice president, and three "center ring" leaders. This organization is also broken down into various branches, districts, and divisions; however, the president, vice president, and three "center ring" leaders make all rules for the group. The AC is also unique among STGs because its constitution includes provisions for a women's branch.  Tattoos: The AC tattoo consists of a simple circle containing double lightning bolts and/or the letters "AC." This tattoo is normally placed in the rib cage area just below the left nipple. In some cases, this tattoo will be found inside a diamond shape. The diamond symbolizes that the member is forever an AC member, just as "diamonds are forever."
  8. 8. Barrio Azteca (BA)  Structure Ranks: Major Captain: Capitan Mayor Captain: Capitan Lieutenant: Tirilon Sergeant: Sargento Soldier: Soldado  Tattoos: The BA uses various tattoos to identify its members, including the name "Barrio Azteca," the numbers "2-1" (which represent the numeric values for the letters "B" and "A"), and the Roman numeral "XXI."
  9. 9. Bloods (BLD)  Structure: The Bloods lack the organizational structure of other prison gangs. Each set may have a separate rank structure and pursue different goals and agendas. Within the Texas prison system, the Bloods are known for being one of the groups that is most likely to assault correctional staff.  Tattoos: Blood members can be identified by the insignias adopted by the set to which they belong and by their affinity for the color red. Members may also use the five-pointed star, which is known as the "Blood Star" and represents the Blood Nation. The letters at the points of the star represent the five families that comprise the Blood Nation: Bloods, Brims, Bishops, Vice Lords,
  10. 10. Crips (CRP)  Structure: The Crips lack the organizational structure of other prison gangs. Each set may have a separate rank structure and pursue different goals and agendas. Within the Texas prison system, the Crips are known for being one of the groups that is most likely to assault correctional staff.  Tattoos: Crip tattoos are specific to the members' local sets, and may include references to a zip code or a particular street.
  11. 11. Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos  Structure: The HPL hierarchy is structured along military lines, with three ranking leaders known as "Llaveros.”  Tattoos: The HPL tattoo consists of the letters "HPL," sometimes with the "H" and "L" combined with the head of a parrot. Some tattoos incorporate the numbers "16" and "12," which represent the letters "P" and "L;" or the number "45," which represents the caliber of a .45 handgun. In addition, a tattoo of a .45-caliber handgun is commonly placed in an area where a gun is normally found on or carried by a person.
  12. 12. Mexikanemi/Texas Mexican Mafia (EME)  Structure The EME operates under a hierarchical system in which the founder of the organization is considered the absolute leader. Each member must also abide by an extensive set of rules.  Tattoos: The EME tattoo consists of a burning sun and/or Aztec warrior shield with two crossed daggers, sometimes with eagle heads on the dagger handles. Within the sun or shield will be the Mexican national emblem: an eagle with a snake in its beak on top of a cactus plant. Other common tattoos include the Aztec double-headed serpent in the shape of the letter "M," a Mexican mountain range, and/or Aztec pyramids.
  13. 13. PartidoRevolucionarioMexicano (PRM)  Structure: Intelligence indicates that the rank structure is paramilitary, with its leadership originally consisting of five generals. Members of the PRM identify themselves as "Borrachos."  Tattoos: The PRM tattoo often incorporates the letters "PRM" and/or the emblem on the Mexican flag (i.e., eagle, snake, cactus, and half wreath). The words "EstadosUnidosMexicanos" may be added above the eagle. The number "6" is a code number used to identify membership (Note: There are six letters in the word "Mexico" and "Mezcal") and the tattoo "P31" is also used ("R" is the 18th letter of the alphabet and "M" is the 13th letter; thus "P" + 18 + 13 = P31). In addition, since the group has used the word "borracho" (Spanish for "drunk") to denote membership, some members may bear a tattoo of a Mexican male sitting on the ground, wearing a sombrero tilted forward, with a bottle of Mezcal or Tequila
  14. 14. RazaUnida (RU)  Structure: The RU currently uses a five-ranking- member panel that oversees five regions within the state of Texas.  Tattoos: The RU tattoo consists of the Mexican and American flags (in some cases, the Texas flag will replace the American flag) with an eagle in the center and a ribbon banner containing the words "RazaUnida," which signifies the unity of Mexican and Mexican-American. The letters "RU" may also be incorporated into tattoos.
  15. 15. Texas Chicano Brotherhood (TXCB)  Structure: The group's rank structure consists of three 5-star generals and three 4-star generals.  Tattoos: The TXCB tattoo consists of the letters "TCB" and a star found within the letters. This should not be mistaken for the Tri-City Bomber tattoo, which also consists of the letters "TCB," but with an image of a round fused bomb found within the letters.
  16. 16. Texas Mafia (TM)  Structure: The TM's rank structure is loosely organized, but may consist of two ranking members who oversee the group's activities statewide.  Tattoos The TM tattoo consists of the letters "TM" with one or all of the bottom tips of the letters shaped like devil's tails and/or arrowheads.
  17. 17. Texas Syndicate (ESE TE: TS)  Structure: The TS operates under a paramilitary rank structure in which the oldest, most experienced member serves as the organization's "Sillon" or chairman in the unit or area. Lieutenants and sergeants are selected by the Sillon and are assigned responsibilities as needed. The TS does not have one direct person in charge of the organization but operates in cells throughout Texas.  Tattoos The TS has a specific tattoo consisting of a large "T" superimposed over an "S." The term "Cuerno(s)" is the Spanish word for "horn(s)" and is an identifier or indicator of possible TS membership. Although many members will tattoo themselves with horns to signify their membership in the TS, not all offenders who have the horns are affiliated with this STG.
  18. 18. 18th Street Gang  The 18th Street Gang was formed in California in the late 1960s and consists mainly of illegal aliens from El Salvador as well as from Mexico and other countries in Central America. The gang is not exclusively Hispanic, however, and may include members of all races and ethnicities, and may include both male and female members.  Tattoos: Tattoos worn by 18th Street gang members will normally incorporate some variation of the number 18, including "18", "XVIII," or "XV3."
  19. 19. Black Gangster Disciples  The BGD originated in the Midwest and has historically aligned with Folk Nation.  Tattoos: Members of the BGD may use various tattoos, including the letters "BGD," six-pointed stars, pitchforks raised upward, and a heart with wings.
  20. 20. The Latin Kings (ALKN)  The LK, or Almighty Latin King Nation (ALKN), originated in Chicago, Illinois. The gang's influence, however, has spread throughout the country. Although various groups may share the "Latin King" name, not all are direct offshoots of or affiliated with the Chicago-based gang. The LK has historically aligned with the People Nation.  Tattoos: Members of the LK may use a variety of tattoos, including the letters "LK" or "ALKN," a three- or five-pointed crown, the image of a "crown master," or the words "Amor de Rey" (Spanish for "Love of the King"). Members may also incorporate symbols common to other People Nation gangs, such as pitchforks pointed downward.
  21. 21. Mandingo Warriors  The MW was formed in 1984 by a group of black offenders in order to protect themselves from members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), the Texas Mafia (TM), and the Texas Syndicate (TS). The gang's hierarchy consists of a Commander in Chief, General, Administer of Defense, Administer of Information, and Administer of Law, who make up "the Committee." The Committee appoints Knights and has the power to remove rank. Other officers include Administer of Finance, Captain, Sergeant, and 1st Corporal. Members of MW refer to themselves as "Demo," which means "Sun."  Their colors are red, black, and green.
  22. 22. Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)  The MS-13 was originally formed in the late- 1980s in Los Angeles, California, by El Salvadoran refugees who emigrated to the US to escape civil war and unrest in their country. Many of these refugees settled in Washington, DC, and the Rampart area of Los Angeles. They formed MS-13 to protect themselves from and challenge other already-established Hispanic gangs.  Tattoos: Members of MS-13 use a variety of tattoos, including "MS," "MS-1 3," "Mara Salvatrucha," or "Salvatrucha." Members may also use tattoos that incorporate the names of their individual cliques or the image of a hand forming the devil's pitchfork.
  23. 23. Mexicles  The Mexicles was formed in the Texas prison system by a group of Mexican nationals and immigrants who banded together to protect themselves from being recruited or assaulted by other STGs.  Tattoos: Although members of this gang may be tattooed with the word "Mexicle" or "Mexicles," the term is not used exclusively by them. The word "Mexicle" is a term used to describe a Mexican citizen and thus is sometimes found in tattoos worn by members of other gangs, such as the PartidoRevolucionarioMexicano (PRM).
  24. 24. Surenos  The term "Surenos" was first used in the 1970s as a result of a California prison war between the California Mexican Mafia (La EME) and NuestraFamilia (NF). This war resulted in a territorial division between gang members from northern California (Nortenos = northerners) who were aligned with NF, and those from southern California (Surenos = southerners) who were aligned with La EME. Surenos have a more significant presence in Texas than Nortenos, but both groups may be encountered here.  Surenos identify with the color blue and the number 13, which represents the 13th letter of the alphabet ("M") and signifies the group's association with La EME.  Tattoos: Surenos tattoos will vary but will usually contain some kind of association with the word "Sureno" and possibly the number 13. Note: Although many street gangs in Texas may use the "Surenos" name, not all of them are affiliated with the California-based group.
  25. 25. Tri-City Bombers (TRICB)  The TRICB, also known as Bombitas, is a street gang that is primarily composed of Hispanic males. They originated in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley, primarily in an area known as the Tri-Cities (Pharr, San Juan, and Alamo). The TRICB gang is a bitter rival of the STG known as the Texas Chicano Brotherhood (TXCB), which was founded in 1989 by former members of TRICB.  Tattoos: A common TRICB tattoo includes the letters "TCB" with an image of a round fused bomb.
  26. 26. White Knights  The WK is a white supremacist group that was formed in the Texas prison system in May 1991. The gang is known to be active in the free world as well. The gang's hierarchy is composed of five ranking elders who are known as "the Wheel." Members of the Wheel coordinate the decisionmaking process on behalf of the organization. The gang's motto is "Sworn to Protect, Never to Neglect" and its official colors are red, white, and black.  Tattoos: The WK tattoos include the image of a knight in armor and other symbols common to white supremacist groups, such as swastikas and
  27. 27. DRUGS
  28. 28. Commonly Abused Drugs  Depressants  Antidepressants  Anti-Anxiety Medications  Opioids and Morphine Derivatives  Stimulants  Other Compounds  Cannabinoids  Other Illegal Drugs
  29. 29. Depressants  Barbiturates  Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital  AKA: barbs, reds, red birds, pennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets  Benzodiazepines  Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin  AKA: benzos, candy, downers, tranks, tanks, rolls, xan bars  Sleep Medications  Ambien (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), Lunesta (eszopiclone)  AKA: a-minus, tic-tacs, no-go, zombies, sleepers
  30. 30. Antidepressants  Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, buproprion  AKA: happy pills, bars,
  31. 31. Opiods& Morphine Derivatives  Codeine  Empirin, Tyleno or Fiorinalw/ Codeine, Robitussin A- C  AKA: lean, Cody, schoolboy, syrup, drink/drank, purple  Morphine  Roxanol, Duramorph  AKA: M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff, hocus  Methadone  Methadose, Dolophine  AKA: fizzies, amidone, w/ MDMA- chocolate chip cookies  Fentanyl& Analogs  Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze  AKA: Apache, China girl, dance fever, murder 8, TNT, Tango, Cash
  32. 32. More Opioids  Other Opioid Pain Relievers  Oxycodone HCL  Tylox, Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocent  AKA: Oxy, O.C., oxycotton, hillbilly heroin, percs  HydrocodoneBitartrateHydomorphone  Vicodin, Lortab, Locet  AKA: vike, Watson-387  Oxymorphone  Dilaudid  AKA: juice, smack, D, footballs, dillies  Meperidine  Opana, Numorphan, Numorphone  AKA: biscuits, blue heaven, blues, Mrs. O. octagons, stop signs, O-bomb  Propoxyphen  Demerol, Darvon, Darvocet, meperidine hydrochloride  AKA: demmies, pain killer
  33. 33. Stimulants  Amphetamines  Biphetamine, Dexedrine, Adderall  AKA: bennies, black beauties, uppers, study buddies, truck drivers, hearts, crosses, LA turnaround  Methylphenidate  Concerta, Ritalin  AKA: JIF, MPF, R-ball, Skippy, vitamin R, pineapple
  34. 34. Other Compounds  Anabolic Steroids  Anadrol, Oxandrin, Durabolin, Depo-Testosterone, Equipoise  AKA: roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers  Dextromethorphan (DXM)  Found in some cough and cold medications  AKA: robotripping, Robo, Triple C  Salvia divinorum  AKA: Salvia, Shepherdess's Herb, Maria Pastora, magic mint, Sally-D
  35. 35. Cannabinoids  Marijuana  AKA: 420, ace, bag, bales bamba, bud, bobo, bricks, cannabis indica, cannabis sativa, chronic, dagga, dank, diggy, ditch, dope, flowers, ganja, grandaddykush, grass, green, hash, herb, hooch hooter, killer, kush, loco weed, marijuana, maryjane, mj, mota, mootersmootie, nubs, nuggets, nuggies, panama red, pot, purple haze, purps, ragweed, reefer, skunk, skunk weed, smoke, stack, sweet lucy, tree of wisdom, trees, weed, yesca, zol  Hashish  AKA: Boom, gangster, hash, hash oil, hemp  Synthetic Marijuana  AKA: kush, K2
  36. 36. Illegal Drugs & Their Nicknames  Cocaine  Blow, C, candy, coke, do a line, freeze, girl, happy dust, Mama coca, mojo, monster, nose, pimp, shot, smoking gun, snow, sugar, sweet stuff, white pony  Crack  Base, beat, blast, casper, chalk,cookies devil drug, gravel, hardball, kryptonite, love, moonrocks, rock, scrabble, stones, tornado  Heroine  Aunt Hazel, big H, black pearl, brown sugar, capital H, charley, china white, dope, good horse, H, hard stuff, hero, heroina, little boy, mud, perfect high, smack, stuff, tar.  Inhalants  Whippets, Air blast, bolt, boppers, bullet bolt, climax, discorama, hardware, heart-on, highball, honey oil, huff,
  37. 37. More Illegal Drugs & Their Nicknames  Ketamine  Bump, cat killer, cat valium, fort dodge, green, honey oil, jet, K, ket, kit kat, psychedelic heroin, purple, special K, special la coke, super acid, super C, vitamin K  LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide)  A, Acid, black star, blotter, boomers, cubes, Elvis, golden dragon, L, microdot, paper acid, pink robots, superman, twenty-five, yellow sunshine, ying yang.  MDMA  Adam, bean, blue kisses, clarity, club drug, disco biscuits, E, ecstasy, hug drug, love drug, lover’s speed, Mercedes, Molly, roll, white dove, X and XTC  Mescaline  Beans, buttons, cactus, cactus buttons, cactus
  38. 38. Nicknames  Methanphetamine  Beannies, blue devils, chalk, CR, crank, crystal, crystal meth, fast, granulated orange, ice, meth, Mexican crack, pink, rock, speckled birds, speed, tina, yellow powder  Opium  Ah-pen-yen, aunti, big O, black stuff, Chinese tobacco, chocolate, dopium, dover’s deck, dream gun, hard stuff, hocus, joy plant, O, ope, pin yen, toxy, zero  PCP (Phencyclidine)  Angel dust, belladonna, black whack, CJ, cliffhanger, crystal joint, Detroit pink, elephant tranquilizer, hog, magic, Peter Pan, sheets, soma, TAC, trank, white horizon, zoom  Psilocybin/psilocin  Boomers, god’s flesh, little smoke, magic mushroom, Mexican mushrooms, mushrooms, musk, sherm, shrooms, silly putty, simple simon  Rohypnol  Circles, forget-me pill, la rocha, lunch money drug, Mexican valium, pingus, R2, Reynolds, roche, roofies,
  39. 39. Synonyms for “high”  Any drug—hopped up, loaded, flying, coasting,             buzzed Alcohol—wasted, sloshed, hammered, juiced Amphetamines—up, raised Coke/Crack—tweaking, buzzing, riding the pony, freebasing Heroine—strung out, chasing the dragon, wired, spiked Ketamine—k-holed LSD—dosed, tripping, tripping balls, tabbed, dropping MDMA/Ecstasy —rolling, feeling it, raving Mescaline—tripping, riding the wave Meth/Speed—tweaking, raging, jacked up Mushrooms—tripping, riding the wave PCP—juiced Tranquilizers—tranq’d, norried  Weed—baked, blitzed, bombed, buzzed, doped, drugged,
  40. 40. A-Z Drug Vocabulary  ACAPULCO GOLD - a very potent strain of           marijuana from Acapulco, Mexico. ACID HEAD - user of LSD, "Acid Freak” ALLEY JUICE - very cheap wine, "Grapes” ARTILLERY - equipment for shooting drugs BACK-UP - permitting blood to back up into a syringe to ensure the needle is in a vein BAD TRIP - unpleasant LSD experience BAG - packet of drugs, usually a standard amount for sale BALLOON - small amount of contained narcotics BANG - to inject narcotics BEAN - capsules for drugs BINDLE - a small packet of drug powder

  41. 41.  BOMBITA - mixture of Cocaine & Heroin  BONG - a cylindrical water pipe for smoking        narcotics, especially Marijuana BRICK - a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of tightly compacted BROKER - go-between for a drug deal BURNOUT - heavy user of drugs CANDYMAN - drug supplier CHEESE - a starter form of Heroin containing Tylenol PM and up to 8 percent heroin CHIPPING - occasional use of drugs COKE BROKE - financially incapacitated from supporting Cocaine habit
  42. 42.  COLOMBO - Marijuana grown in Columbia  COME DOWN - the ending of a drug         experience CONNECTION - supplier of drugs COOKER - usually a spoon or bottle cap used to heat drugs for injection; maker of meth CUT - to adulterate drugs DIME BAG - $10 worth of a narcotic DROP - to take a drugs orally; a place where money or drugs are left DUSTING - sprinkling a narcotic powder on another drug such as PCP on Marijuana EIGHTH - one-eighth of a pound of drugs FIX - an injection of drugs
  43. 43.  FLASHBACK - recurrence of previous         hallucinations FLEA POWDER - poor quality drugs FLIP OUT - become psychotic or irrational FREEBASE - smoking Cocaine from a special water pipe FREEZE - to renege on a drug transaction FRONT - to put money out before receiving the merchandise GLUEY - a glue sniffer GUN - equipment for injecting drugs HEAD SHOP - store specialising in the sale of drug paraphernalia
  44. 44.  HEELED - having plenty of money  HOLDING - in possession of drugs  HOT - wanted by authorities  HOT SHOT - fatal injection of drugs  HUFFING - inhaling solvents from a bag  HUSTLE - attempt to obtain drug customers  JOY POPPING - occasional use of drugs  JUNKIE - an opiate addict  KEY – kilogram  KICK - to stop using drugs  KlCKBACK - relapse back into drug usage  KIDDIE DOPE - usually prescription drugs  KILO - 2.2 Ibs., also "KEY"
  45. 45.  KIT - equipment used to inject drugs  LID - one ounce or less of Marijuana  LINE - a dose of Cocaine arranged in a line on        a smooth surface MAINLINE - inject a drug directly into a vein, to “shoot up” MANICURE - remove seeds from marijuana MICRODOT - a tablet containing LSD MULE - a carrier of drugs MUNCHIES - the hunger that follows after using Marijuana NARC - narcotic agent NORML - National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; lobbies for lenient drug laws
  46. 46.  O.D. - overdosed on drugs  ON ICE - in jail  PAPERS - rolling papers, used to make      marijuana or tobacco cigarettes; in reference to being on probation ROACH - the stub of a Marijuana cigarette SCRIPT WRITER - a Doctor willing to write a prescription for faked symptoms SET UP - to arrange to have a person arrested for drugs; combination of uppers and downers (Barbiturates and.Amphetamines) SHOOTING GALLERY - place where addicts inject drugs SHOOT UP - to inject intravenously
  47. 47.  SHOTGUN - a way of smoking Marijuana, by        blowing smoke back through the joint into another's mouth SINSEMILLA OR SINS - a potent type of Marijuana without seeds grown in Northern California SNORT - to inhale Cocaine through the nostrils SPEED FREAK - person who repeatedly takes Amphetamines, usually intravenously SPIKE - needle used to inject drugs TOKE - inhaling Marijuana or Hashish smoke TOOTER - small, hollow tube (straw-like) to sniff Cocaine TRAP - a hiding place for drugs/ selling drugs
  48. 48. References:  Gang Information:  Narconon (for more Drug Vocabulary):  National Institute on Drug Abuse: 520603.png