News 10 is reporting that the Texas Department of Public Safety released a disturbing warning about Central Texas gang presence on Wednesday

The Texas Gang Threat Assessment said that infamous Crips and Bloods gangs have a “significant presence” in both McLennan and Bell counties.

The report stated that there are an estimated 100,000 gang members in the state.

The report also cited “high levels of violence throughout the state”.

“Gangs and their associates remain a significant threat to public safety, not only because of their penchant for violence and criminal activity, but also their relationships with other criminal organizations, such as Mexican cartels,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott released a statement regarding the high levels of gang members in Texas.

“The findings in this report are further evidence that the State of Texas must continue to do all it can to proactively and aggressively combat gangs operating in our state. Over the last few years, we have expanded the number of Texas Anti-Gang Centers, and initiated and supported violent crime task forces in our state," Abbot said.

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