Gangs in Georgia (U.S. state)

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Many gangs started appearing in the US state of Georgia in the late 1980s, as a result of the crack cocaine epidemic.[1] In 2003, there were an estimated 58 gangs in the Atlanta area alone.[2] Most of these gangs are from Atlanta, but there are many gangs that are found all over Georgia. Some of the gangs are nationwide, such as the Sureños, Bloods and the Crips, which were founded in California and have spread across the United States.[3]

Drug dealing is a major supplement of money for gang members, and crack cocaine is most profitable. Prostitution and money laundering are also big moneymakers in the gang community. Downtown Atlanta has had national television coverage about the gang situation. The city was featured on the show Gangland, in the episodes "Death in Dixie," "Street Law," and "Death Before Dishonor."


Atlanta is divided into the Police Patrol Zones of Atlanta, which some of the gangs recognize as turf divisions.[4] The zones in Atlanta are:

  • Zone 1: The neighborhoods that are within Zone 1 are: Bankhead, Hollywood, Hollywood Court, Bolton Road, Hightower, Bowen Homes, English Avenue, Vine City, and Fair Street.
  • Zone 2: This area is located on the North East/West of Atlanta. Some of the neighborhoods include Lenox Square,Lindbergh Cenattley,Howell Mill and NorthEast Atlanta
  • Zone 3: The neighborhoods in Zone 3 are: Mechanicsville, Thomasville, Summer Hill, Grant Park, College Park, Forest Park, East Point and Jonesboro South.
  • Zone 4: The neighborhoods in Zone 4 are: Ben Hill, Oakland City, Cascade,Wildwood Lakes Community, 1500 Block, West End, Westview, Allen Hills and Adamsville.
  • Zone 5: The neighborhoods in Zone 5 are: 4th Ward, Wheat Street, Grady Homes, Irwin Street and Techwood.
  • Zone 6: The neighborhoods in Zone 6 are: Candler Road, Reynoldstown, Edgewood, Kirkwood, East Lake, East Atlanta, Bouldercrest Road, Memorial Drive and Glenwood


  1. ^ Stuart, Gwynedd (17 June 2010). "Gang mentality". Creative Loafing Atlanta. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Georgia Drug Threat Assessment". National Drug Intelligence Center. April 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
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