FACT 1: The Burquenos is the fastest growing prison gang in North America.
FACT 2: The name “Burquenos” is a Latino nickname for a resident -- or gang member -- with roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
FACT 3: The explosive growth of gangs in New Mexico began when gang members from California moved in to escape their state’s harsher penal code.
FACT 4: According to recent law enforcement reports, there are over 250 gangs active in the Albuquerque area with a total membership of over 11,000.
FACT 5: 80% of all gang members die violently or get jailed.
60% of gang members in New Mexico will be dead or in prison by age 20.
FACT 7: The rise of the Burquenos appears to be an attempt by gang leaders to unify rival gang members when they are behind bars to take tighter control over prison life.
FACT 8: The Burquenos aggressive recruitment policy in prisons is based on inflicting terrible punishment on inmates who refuse to join. The Burquenos don’t accept refusals.
FACT 9: The Burquenos sport distinctive tattoos including the Zia (Native American Indian sun symbol) with a B in the middle, the Albuquerque skyline, the words "Duke City" and the Lobos logo (University of New Mexico's "wolf" Mascot).
FACT 10: Burquenos earn distinctive tattoos when they commits a crime for the gang.
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