More on the gang thing from the Post. Police have identified as Blood related activities in Trinidad-
1. selling drugs near the Trinidad Rec
2. flashing gang signs
3. displaying red
The Bloods have not been linked to any homicides in Trinidad. As previously noted, part of this problem appears to be bleeding over from Maryland. The Bloods arrived in Baltimore several years back, and they are now elsewhere in MD. Check out this quote from the article-
"Authorities said that about 25 percent of the 1,300 inmates in the Prince George's jail are affiliated with gangs and that more than 60 percent of the gang members are Bloods. "
Elsewhere in the article-
"More than a year ago, the Alliance for Concerned Men, which contracts with the District to help reduce violence, began confiscating red and blue bandannas from youth calling themselves Crips or Bloods, mostly in the Shaw area of Northwest, alliance members said. "
The article also quoted a source who said the Bloods and Crips have expanded beyond the traditional crimes of dealing in guns and drug to things like "identify theft, Social Security fraud, credit card fraud and mortgage fraud."
It sounds like a lot of what you see when these gangs move in is neighborhood gangs affiliating with them . For example, a neighborhood crew might choose to associate with the Bloods to get more respect and prestige.