The Syndicato Nuevo Mexico, also known as the New Mexico Syndicate, was founded in 1979 by Hispanic inmates in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Detention Center. The prison gang spread into the New Mexico prison system in 1980 soon after the bloody New Mexico State Penitentiary riot in Santa Fe.
GANG PROFILE Symbols: New Mexico sun symbol, SNM, 505 Ranking structure: Paramilitary Territory: Albuquerque, New Mexico and surrounding area Alliances: 18th Street, San Jose and Los Padillas gang Members: 3,000 Racial make up: Hispanic/ Native American Threat: Moderate
NEW MEXICO SYNDICATE GANG STRUCTURE The organized prison gang operates under a rank “Panel” of Generals who issue out orders to foot soldiers. When members of the SNM are released from prison they are required to tax Rio Rancho and Bernalillo county area drug dealers a percentage of their drug profits. Albuquerque street gangs such as the 18th Street, San Jose and Los Padillas assist the New Mexico Syndicate and are often recruited into the prison gang. Known rivals of the SNM are “Los Carnales” and “Barrio Azteca.”
NEW MEXICO SYNDICATE DECLARE WAR ON BARRIO AZTECA The New Mexico Syndicate declared war on the Texas based Barrio Azteca after the Azteca’s took control of the southern New Mexico drug trade. Clashes between both violent prison gangs have been reported in state and federal prisons across the nation.
NEW MEXICO SYNDICATE DRUG ENTERPRISE Law enforcement officials are currently cracking down methamphetamines hubs run by both the New Mexico Syndicate and Banditos motorcycle gang. The New Mexico Syndicate control Albuquerque’s heroin and cocaine market and use local street gangs to distribute their drugs.
SNM CHRONOLOGIES OF EVENTS
In 1979, The Syndicato Nuevo Mexico, also known as the New Mexico Syndicate, is founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Detention Center.
On April 1, 1986, New Mexico Syndicate members murder Los Carnales member Bobby “Barbershop” Garcia and prison guard Louis Jewett. (Trujillo v. Sullivan, 815 F.2d 597 (C.A.10 (N.M.), 1987)
In 1998, Los Carnales members strangle a New Mexico Syndicate to death at the old Santa Fe Downtown jail. (Gang Intelligence 101)
On July 5, 1998, New Mexico Syndicate member Manuel Benito, 32, murders fellow SNM member Felix Steve “Animal” Martinez in the Bernalillo County Detention Center
On Aug. 27, 2000, New Mexico Syndicate member Francisco Villalobos, 32 murders police informant Matthew Cavalier inside Bernalillo County Detention Center. (Associated Press)
On December 07, 2004, the New Mexico Syndicate are hammered by police when Gov. Bill Richardson approves a $2 million plan to dismantle New Mexico gangs. (Associated Press)