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Tongan Crip Gang

Tongan Crip Gang
Founding location Inglewood, California
Years active 1970s-present
Territory New Zealand, Australia, U.S., Canada
Ethnicity Tongan, with Samoan and Fijian members
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, murder, burglary, identification theft, car theft
Allies Sons of Samoa, Asian Boyz
Rivals Bloods, Sureños, Norteños, Avenue Piru Gang, Kearns Town Bloods, Baby Regulators,[1] Park Village Compton Crips, [1] Carver Park Crips

Tongan Crip Gang, or TCG is a street gang that is a subset of the Crips gang. The gang is active in the U.S. states of California, Utah and others, as well as a presence in New Zealand, Australia, Canada. Tongan Crip Gang members are primarily of Pacific Islander descent, mainly Tongan

History

During the 1970s and 1980s, many Pacific Islanders moved into the high crime-rate areas in Los Angeles County, California. There, Samoan and Tongan Americans formed their own gangs during the 1970s. Many of the TCG members moved from California to the Salt Lake City, Utah area in the 1980s, and distributed the gang set there.[2][3]

The Salt Lake City branch of the Tongan Crip Gang was founded in 1989 after intimidation by Latino gang members in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Glendale.[4]

Activities

The TCG's crimes include burglaries, auto theft, selling drugs and murder.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Sullivan, Tim. The Gangs of Zion, High Country News, August 8, 2005.
  2. ^ Court shooting sheds light on 'Tongan Crips', a gang with Alaska ties Archived 2014-04-25 at the Wayback Machine., Associated Press, April 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Court shooting sheds light on 'Tongan Crips' Archived 2014-04-26 at the Wayback Machine., Associated Press, April 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Gangs of Zion". hcn.org. Retrieved 11 October 2015.