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Old 12-01-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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Texas' Tango Blast gang draws kids with tattoos, loose affiliation rules | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Texas Regional News (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/texassouthwest/stories/113008dnmettango.3d2fd2c.html - broken link)

...A few examples:


•On Nov. 16: A gunfight outside a downtown nightclub that started with an argument over a woman involved several Tango Blast members. Alejandro Vasquez, 25, was caught in the crossfire and killed. He and at least one of the shooters had tattoos indicating Tango Blast affiliation, police said.


•On Nov. 5: Dallas police pulled over the vehicle of Christopher Alvarez, 26, in the 400 block of North Oak Cliff Boulevard on a traffic violation. Police found that he was a convicted felon, and there was a 9 mm loaded with eight hollow-point bullets – popularly known as "cop-killer" bullets – in the vehicle.

As officers placed Mr. Alvarez in a squad car, he threatened one of them, telling the officer that he had a "hollow point" for him. Mr. Alvarez, who had a star tattooed on his neck and under his eye, along with the words "Tango Blast" on top of his wrist, told police that he had been a Tango Blast member for eight years and that he was also a member of a West Dallas gang.


•May 2007: Jesus Elizondo, 22, shot and killed a 15-year-old boy and was charged with engaging in organized crime. A jury believed Mr. Elizondo acted in self-defense. He was convicted of manslaughter last month and received a six-year prison sentence.

Prosecutor Hector Garza said Mr. Elizondo was both a Tango Blast member and a member of a large Dallas gang based in northwest Dallas. Mr. Elizondo had a star tattooed on the side of his torso, "214" stamped on his wrist and a skyline on his leg. He said that he wasn't a Tango anymore and that he had joined only for protection when he was previously behind bars.

"They claim to be so tough, but in the courtroom, he cried for two straight weeks," Mr. Garza said.

THE TANGO NAME GAME
The four biggest Tango Blast groups – called the "Four Horsemen" – are in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin.

Houstone – Their hometown is Houston. They use the Houston Astros star and the area code 713 as their main symbols.

D-Town – Their hometown is Dallas. They use the Dallas Cowboys star and the area code 214 as their main symbols.

Foritos, Foros or Funky Town – Their hometown is Fort Worth. They use various nicknames and the area code 817 in tattoos.

A-Town or Capirucha –Their hometown is Austin. Frequently seen tattooed symbols are ATX, the Capitol building and A-Town.

Elsewhere in Texas: Tango Blast groups also formed in West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Those two, along with the original four groups, became known as "Puro Tango Blast." There are also Tango groups in other parts of the state.

The look: Tango Blast tattoos typically depict the hometown sports team or its logo, a city skyline, area code numbers representing gang members' hometowns or slang terms for their hometown. Sometimes they brand themselves with the tattoo "16-20-2" to represent the letters in the alphabet for "PTB," which stands for "Puro Tango Blast."

Their motto: "If you ain't blasting, you ain't lasting."
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:33 PM
 
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Dallas - Unfair Park - "West Texas Puro Tango Blast" -- Not As Much Fun As It Sounds

"...Defendant Fidel Hernandez Gomez, a/k/a "Gordo," 44, an illegal alien who resided in Abilene, is already in custody on federal charges and defendant Joe Anthony Diaz, 26, of Abilene, Texas, is in custody on state charges. Defendant David Rodriguez, 34, a/k/a "Super Dave," remains a fugitive.

James L. Capra, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Dallas Division, said, "The arrests and seizures made today will significantly impact and disrupt this large scale drug trafficking organization..."
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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Their motto: "If you ain't blasting, you ain't lasting."
I dont think they came up with that motto origionally. My grandfather used to say if someone breaks into your house "If you ain't blasting you ain't lasting".
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Well thanks for that post. Over in the Austin, Texas forums the newcomers are posting that they think the term "ATX" is cool. I'd never heard it before and don't hear locals calling Austin by those letters.

I just posted a link to that article to awaken them to the point that they are promoting a gang !
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Tango Blast, MS13, Brown Pride, Zetas, Skinheads, AB, Aryan Nation, WAR, Crips, Bloods, on and on goes the list of varmints that need killing. These creeps do what they do with no fear of anything, least of all, honest citizens fighting back. The law favors them, and punishes those who do fight back. It is disgusting! When gangs try and move in, the best answer to the challenge would be to cut them to doll rags. Yet , doing so is against the law. Makes you wonder, just who are laws designed to protect?
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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•On Nov. 5: Dallas police pulled over the vehicle of Christopher Alvarez, 26, in the 400 block of North Oak Cliff Boulevard on a traffic violation. Police found that he was a convicted felon, and there was a 9 mm loaded with eight hollow-point bullets – popularly known as "cop-killer" bullets – in the vehicle.
Hollow-points are cop killer bullets?
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:58 PM
 
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Hollow-points are cop killer bullets?

I believe they are called that because they can pierce body armor -- like the cops wear.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:04 PM
 
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Sorry for bumping such an old thread, but since this page comes up on google searches for gang violence I wanted to clear up some misinformation.

Hollow point bullets are not reffered to as "cop killers"

Hollow point bullets are made to expand on impact making them quite deadly, but VERY Ineffecitve at penetration. they sometimes dont even pierce heavy clothing much less a kevlar vest.

Teflon coated bullets are what are reffered to as "cop killers".
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