Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos is a Hispanic prison gang founded in Texas during the late 1980s. It operates in most prisons and on the streets in many communities in Texas, particularly Laredo and in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The gang is estimated to have 1,000 members. Members maintain close ties to several Mexican DTOs (Drug Trafficking Organizations) and are involved in the trafficking of large quantities of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico into the United States. In 1987, a power struggle within the gang’s ranks ensued causing the group to splinter into two separate chapters. The original HPL members decided to call themselves the HPL 45’s, while the San Antonio and Houston members were known as the 16/12’s.
Hermanos Pistoleros (HPL)
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