Texas Chicano Brotherhood

Texas Chicano Brotherhood

Texas Chicano Brotherhood

The Texas Chicano Brotherhood was founded by Gilberto Villarreal and J.D. Urbina in Hidalgo County, Texas after they split from the Tri City Bombers in 1994. The gang’s founders adopted the same blood in blood out regulation as established prison gangs and attempted to persuade members of the Tri City Bombers to switch to the Texas Chicano Brotherhood. Reputable Texas prison gangs refused to allow the TCB to recruit inside the penitentiary so the gang began drafting south Texas street gangs as an alternative.

Symbols: “TCB” and a star inside the letters, TXCB, Chicano, the color red
Ranking structure: Paramilitary
Territory: Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and west Texas,
Alliances: Nine Ball Crew street gang
Members: 4,000
Racial make up: Hispanic
Threat: Moderate


The Texas Chicano Brotherhood became the #1 target of its divorced faction, the Tri City Bombers. The Tri City Bombers did not approve of the split and declared war with the Texas Chicano Brotherhood soon after. The Texas Syndicate, Tango Blast and Mexikanemi all joined in on the attack against the Texas Chicano Brotherhood to prevent the new gang from establishing itself in the prison system.

The structure of the Texas Chicano Brotherhood is comprised of majors, captains, lieutenants, sergeants and solders The Texas Chicano Brotherhood require its members to remain loyal for life.

In 1994, Tri City Bombers Gilberto Villarreal and J.D. Urbina split from gang and form the Texas Chicano Brotherhood. The Tri City Bombers did not approve of the split and declared war with the Texas Chicano Brotherhood soon after. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1998, several members are stabbed numerous times by the Texas Syndicate at the J.B. Connally state prison in Kenedy, Texas. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1998, the Texas Chicano Brotherhood declares war on the Texas Syndicate after the TS refuses to allow the gang to recruit in Texas prisons.1998-99. (Gang Intelligence 101)

On July 17, 2002, Texas Chicano Brotherhood members shoot Rudolfo Martinez and Rodney Ramos, both of whom were former members of the gang. (Vallejo v. State, No. 14-04-00771-CR (TX 10/27/2005)

In January 4, 2003, armed members of the Tri-City Bombers (“Bombitas”), raid the stash house of rival Texas Chicano Brotherhood members and murder 5 men. The killers who were wearing jackets with the word “Police, were armed with SKS Norinco assault rifles. Victims include: Juan Delgado, III, Juan Delgado, Jr., Jimmy Almendarez Ray Castillo and Ruben Castillo. The brutal murders become known as the “Edinburg Massacre.”
(Medrano v. State, No. AP-75,320 (Tex. Crim. App. 11/26/2008) (Tex. Crim. App., 2008)

On June 2006, 3 members of the Tri City Bombers are stabbed 23 times by rival Texas Chicano Brotherhood members at the Telford state prison in Texarkana, Texas. Augustin
Amador, 34, dies as a result of his wounds. (Associated Press)

On April 23, 2007, Texas Chicano Brotherhood members with J.D. Urbina , 30 and Gilberto Villarreal, 34 rob and brutally murder Miguel Aguilar in Edinburge , Texas .(Associated Press)

In June 2008, The Tango Blast prison gang attack Texas Chicano Brotherhood members in the J.B. Connally state prison. (Gang Intelligence 101)

On April 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice announces that the Tri City Bombers, Texas Chicano Brotherhood, and Hermandad Pistoleros Latinos are all distributing large amounts of drugs throughout the South Texas area. (Associated Press)

On July 16, 2008, Texas Chicano Brotherhood members murder forty-eight year old Julio Garcia in Mc Allen, Texas. (Associated Press)

In 2008, Texas Chicano Brotherhood founder Humberto “Gallo” Garza is arrested in connection with several south Texas gang related murders. (Associated Press)

On January 31, 2009, members of the Tri City Bombers toss a grenade through the window of a Pharr, Texas Lounge in an attempt to murder rival Texas Chicano Brotherhood members. (Associated Press)

On March 30, 2010 Three known Texas Chicano Brotherhood gang members are detained at a Hidalgo county ranch after police find more than 629 lbs of marijuana and several weapons on the property. Those arrested are: Javier Gutierrez, Michael Solis and Roy Hidalgo. (News Center 23 Rio Grande Valley)