Source: High-ranking cartel member lives in southwest Lubbock

Published: Aug. 13, 2015 at 9:53 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 at 2:46 AM CST
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LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - "I actually went to a party in Lake Ridge and the guy that owned the house is a cartel member," said Red, an admitted gang member.

Red is an inmate at the Lubbock County Detention Center. A sheriff's deputy gave him the nickname to protect his identity.

"You would never know it from seeing him. He's like the average blue collar guy, probably goes to work every day, got a son on the soccer team or the baseball team, and he's a very high-ranking member in the cartel, and he lives right out there in Lake Ridge," Red said.

This cartel member is living below the radar while managing a booming criminal enterprise, and with so many drugs to distribute, gangs and cartels are expanding into every zip code.

"We are well outnumbered," said a gang intelligence officer with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department.

He said for every one of him there are three of them, about 35 gangs he is trying to get off of Lubbock streets, but sometimes getting them off the streets only makes them stronger.

"Imagine going to a conference for your profession to network. Prison is kind of their conference. They get together, they talk about ways they've tried, ways to get better and they better themselves at their criminal activity," he said.

And while they are getting smarter on the inside, recruits are forming on the outside.

We spent the day with this deputy identifying gang activity around Lubbock.

"Here we go! This will tell us right here who we are dealing with," he said as he noticed new graffiti on a dumpster in south Lubbock.

"It looks like this side of town, a group called the Little Killers and a group called the Chaos Crooks are having a little tag war," he said.

"How likely is it that this could be non violent, just tagging?" we asked.

"We don't play a game of less likely. We like to say there is no such thing as a wannabe. If you are out there committing crimes, identifying yourself with a gang, for the community and the citizens of Lubbock County, we have to take it seriously. Looking into it and figuring some things out, could lead to the next big case involving drugs, narcotics, assaults or murder in Lubbock County," he said.

"Don't underestimate them. They're here. They exist. They're real. They are more powerful than you can ever imagine," Red said.

Red said gangs and cartels are infiltrating our neighborhoods and they are making no plans to leave.

The sheriff's office has asked county commissioners to approve more than $1 million in funding to help fight this war. Commissioners will vote on that in less than two weeks.

Meanwhile, investigators want people to be aware of their surroundings because again, no matter where you live in the city, the problem could be right next door.

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