Who are the Bandidos and Why are They Dangerous?
The entire nation is by now aware of the fatal brawl that took place in Waco, Texas between two rival outlawed motorcycle gangs. Less familiar are the details about the gangs whose conflict left 9 dead, 18 injured and more than 190 people arrested.
The two gangs in question are the Bandidos and the Cossacks, and the tragic event has cast a light on who the Bandidos are and why are they so dangerous. First reports of the gang's existence originated from San Leon, Texas, in 1966. The Bandidos are among the biggest outlaw biker gangs in the United States, whose membership base of 900 is expanding by the minute.
According to a Texas threat assessment by the Department of Public Safety, Bandidos are ranked as a “Tier 2” gang, which is the second most dangerous classification. Hells Angels are considered to be the most dangerous motorcycle gang in the United States, but in other countries as well.
Bandidos have been known to transport marijuana and cocaine. They are also involved in the production of methamphetamine, as well as its transportation and distribution. The Department of Justice claims that the gang’s highest activity level has been reported in West Central regions of the United States, as well as in the Pacific, Southwestern and Southeastern regions. Their activity is intensifying in those areas.
Photo attribution: Lee Brimelow