Rival prison gang members, including white supremacist and Hispanic groups, are brokering riminal alliances outside prison to assist Mexican drug cartel operations in the U.S. and Mexico, reports USA Today. The groups, including the Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican Mafia, remain bitter enemies in prison, divided along racial and ethnic lines. Outside, the desire for profits is overcoming rivalries.
Chief Kevin O’Keefe of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives criminal intelligence division, says investigators have linked the rival gangs to stolen vehicles, some packed with currency and weapons, moving toward Mexico from Texas, Colorado, California, and Georgia. “They realize that the financial gain is so lucrative that they have been willing to work together,” O’Keefe says. “It’s all about business.”