Gang organization: Slangin, gang bangin and dividin by generation Academic Article uri icon


  • This article explores the relationship between gangs and drug sales in Denver, Colorado and Ogden, Utah. The existing literature argues gangs are organized either for profit or they face obstructions that prevent the entire group from drug dealing. This research suggests both gang members and non-gang members were equally involved in drug sales; and only a small number of individuals within the gang sold drugs for a year or longer. Drug dealing within a gang is highlighted with a composite study in Ogden (obstruction) and then contrasted with federal law enforcement tactics in Denver (profit and obstruction). 2010 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

published proceedings

  • Latino Studies

author list (cited authors)

  • Durn, R. J.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM