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Juggalo gang FBI Definition

The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are
rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although
recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos
subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in
criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials
in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo
sub-sets, according to NGIC reporting.NGIC reporting indicates that Juggalo gangs are
expanding in New Mexico primarily because they
are attracted to the tribal and cultural traditions
of the Native Americans residing nearby.
Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic,
disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple
assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft,
and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests
that a small number of Juggalos are forming more
organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like
criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies,
and drug sales. Social networking websites are a
popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate
and expand.
• In January 2011, a suspected Juggalo member
shot and wounded a couple in King County,
Washington, according to open source reporting.

Juggalos’ disorganization and lack of structure within
their groups, coupled with their transient nature, makes
it difficult to classify them and identify their members
and migration patterns. Many criminal Juggalo subsets
are comprised of transient or homeless individuals,
according to law enforcement reporting. Most Juggalo
criminal groups are not motivated to migrate based
upon traditional needs of a gang. However, law enforcement
reporting suggests that Juggalo criminal activity
has increased over the past several years and has
expanded to several other states. Transient, criminal
Juggalo groups pose a threat to communities due to the
potential for violence, drug use/sales, and their general
destructive and violent nature.
• In January 2010, two suspected Juggalo associates
were charged with beating and robbing an
elderly homeless man.1


Although law enforcement officials in Arizona,
California, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington
report the most Juggalo gang-related criminal
activity, Juggalos are present in Colorado, Delaware,
Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts,
Michigan, New Mexico, New Hampshire,
North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, according to
NGIC reporting.