A study conducted by the New Jersey State Police reveal 45 percent of the state’s municipalities have a gang presence. The fourth installment of “Gangs in New Jersey: Municipal Law Enforcement Response to the 2010 NJSP Gang Survey” found more than 1,500 gang operations in the state and 244 distinct gangs.
Present in more than 100 towns, the Latin Kings were most widespread, with a handful of others following:
– Sex Money Murder Bloods (95 towns) – Nine Trey Bloods (86 towns)- Pagans Motorcycle Club (79 towns) – G-Shine/G.K.B Bloods (73 towns)- MS-13 (67 towns)- Grape St. Crips (51 towns)
The Star-Ledger reports 30 new towns reported a gang presence, while nine towns with previous gang activity reported no presence. Elizabeth was the only municipality not to take place in the survey.
The state police warned gangs are not just an urban problem.