SAN ANTONIO -- There is a bloody battle taking place right on the streets of San Antonio. At stake is controlling the flow of drugs, money, and weapons.
I recently sat down with a longtime member of this underground society. He gives us an inside look at the inner workings San Antonio's more notorious gangs.
"If they find out who I am I will be killed but somebody has to take a stand," says the gang member who we'll call "David" to protect his identity.
"I've had very close friends die, killed for no reason, butchered," says "David."
He's been involved with numerous gangs or "families", in San Antonio, from the Aryan Brotherhood to the Mexican Mafia and Texas Syndicate, to smaller neighborhood gangs, mostly as a dope dealer but also as a trusted mediator for intergang disagreements.
"I don't believe in going out warring killing each other...I believe there's a diplomatic way to solve eery problem no matter what it is, peacefully without bloodshed."
Recently, a peace pact was reached between the Mexican Mafia & Aryan Brotherhood. The truce is designed to keep most of the violence from spilling into the streets of San Antonio. But it doesn't stop all of the killings. And he points to recent gang related murders.
"There's too many youngsters, too much gang banger mentality. they think the old guys have to be put out and the young guys put in, I think they have gotten really sloppy."
"David" says the gangs like Mexican Mafia and the Aryan Brotherhood are working together more than they ever have in the past. "I will say what we're seeing now is there is a structure to the organization that's where the FBI gets involved when you have a large criminal enterprise like that," says Special Agent in Charge for the FBI's San Antonio division. He says federal and local authorities have busted more than 200 members of the Mexican Mafia since 1993.
SAC Cory Nelson says the gang problem is rooted inside the prison system, where gangs are born and then spread to the outside.
"They're getting money off people off the streets they're living a good life in prison," says "David."
David says weapons and women are shipped down to Mexico. Thousands of pounds of weed travel north, translating to millions of dollars in drug money that keeps gangs growing and thriving. "When is it going to end? I don't know," says "David."
"I hope things will change and the bloodshed on the street will stop."