TEXAS PRISON GANG HEAD QUARTERS
La Mesa Grande - The Table
La Mesa Grande or The Table, is a prison gang resolution center that was formed by top prison gang leaders during in the 1980's. Most confirmed prison gang leaders were once segregated at the Cofield State prison in Tennessee Colony, Texas and the unit was used by gangs as headquarters.
GANG TRUCE OR DECLARATION OF WAR
La Mesa Grande is used as a center point for gang leaders to broker for peace or in most cases to declare war in prisons state and even nationwide. Gang presidents, generals and captains of criminal organizations such as the Mexikanemi, Texas Syndicate, Barrio Azteca, Raza Unida, Pistoleros Latinos, Aryan Brotherhood and other prison gangs are known to work out peace treaties and other resolutions at the Cofield unit.
A DOUBLE EDGE SWORD
La Mesa Grande is often viewed by Texas Prison Gang Intelligence officers as a double edged sword. Prison Gang Intelligence Officers understand that prison gang leaders have the power to start or stop deadly gang war in prisons statewide. So officials must house prison gang leaders in segregated cell blocks where high ranking gang members are monitored or offered the chance to negotiate for peace. During times of terrible gang violence out breaks, Gang Intelligence officers confront the leaders of each of the feuding gangs and arrange for a meeting.
Officers cuff and escort gang leaders into a guarded visitation booth where negotiations for peace are carried out. These extreme measures are practiced by some prison officials when peace is at stake.
AGENTS RAID LA MESA GRANDE
Prison gang leaders have arms that reach beyond prison walls so serious crimes such as murder, robbery and drug trafficking are often committed out in the streets by prison gangs. Gang leaders in prison are sometimes surprised to find their prison cell surrounded by armed officers and agents. Offenders are cuffed and searched. Agents often find gang letters, codes and other key bits of evidence that help prosecutors solve serious crimes committed by prison gangs out in the streets.
Source: TDCJ Gang Intelligence Data
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