TV show to focus on Denver gang life

by Kirk Mitchell (Denver Post)
March 5, 2010

Hector “Pelon” Huerta’s whole body is a warning sign, intricately etched in prison ink.

Clown demons, a menacing skull on top of his head, a prison watchtower and his gang name emblazoned in 3-inch-tall letters across his belly reflect his personality and declare his loyalty.

“This is my whole life. I’ve got all my emotions here,” Huerta said proudly Thursday pointing at his bared chest in a high- security segregated cellblock in the Denver County Jail.

And now he is going to be a star — in a cautionary tale.

Huerta is among numerous gang members in jail who will talk about their lives when a new History Channel segment called “Gangland: Mile High Killers” airs tonight at 7.

Huerta, 29, who first joined a gang at 9 and wears dark glasses to shield an eye he said was injured by a bullet, currently faces misdemeanor drug charges. But he has prior arrests for assault, domestic violence, theft and drugs.

“We got to protect our turf,” Huerta said. “If someone runs up on me, I will retaliate.”

“Gangland” will focus on gang members and the Denver Sheriff Department’s gang- intelligence unit. The unit’s investigators include Sgt. Philip Swift, who wrote “Cradle to Grave,” a resource book about gang activities inside jails.

Swift said he wouldn’t participate in a TV series that glorified gangs. But, he said, the “Gangland” series shows the downside of the life.

“The ‘Gangland’ series shows the destruction to families and to society as a whole,” he said.

This year’s series focuses on smaller, homegrown gangs such as those proliferating in the Denver area, he said.

Street gangs in Denver deal drugs and use violence to protect turf or punish enemies just like larger national street gangs, including the Bloods and the Crips, Swift said.

But Denver’s gangs are smaller, more loyal subsets of the larger gangs. “Soldiers” here rise faster to become shot callers or leaders and are entrusted with larger quantities of street drugs, he said. The gangs often reflect the personalities of charismatic and often-violent leaders.

Elias Diggins, chief of the county jail at 10500 E. Smith Road, said the gang unit tracks rival gang members to ensure they are not placed together in order to prevent violence or even murder. The unit listens to prison phone conversations and corresponds with police and federal agents to help build criminal cases, he said.

There are so many gang members who need protection that the jail is running out of segregation cells, he said. Swift said there are about 150 segregation cells, used also to house mentally ill inmates and dangerous offenders. The total jail population is more than 1,800.

“Those concerns are real and credible,” Diggins said. “The gang intelligence officers are the life’s blood of our operations.”

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67 Comments for “TV show to focus on Denver gang life”

  1. Big Dub

    none yall runnin shit in denver. the most you fucks run is the block u sit on. i dont see no set in denver taking shit over

  2. tacoboy

    You are all internet thugs.
    Nobody cares about you or your stupid clika.
    Get an education, get some skills, get a job.

    • california_poop_smear

      if ur gonna be a thug go outside and join ur clik at a sausage fest

      • ass_monkey_gave_me_aids

        ill shit in yo mouth nigga who tha fuk u think you r nigga then ill piss on yo ass after i get
        done beatin yo ass then im gone go fuk yo mom and all the females in yo famly biotch
        nigga im from comton we dnt play that shit bitch and ill shoot you up yo ass and the bullet will come out yo dick BITCH

  3. Valdez Boyz

    We ran this shit when you all were in diapers.. Fuck all yo scraps, you all need to take you rats back to mexico..Nsm gave Denver thier name.. NSM Is an all chicano gang.. We run the streets… You can hit me up at 1-88-NORTHSIDE…And another thing Cisco aint no Northsider he was a westsider.. and back in the day he was holding my nuts while I was calling the shots.. I started Northside and its all bout us nutty..

  4. envy5280

    Park hill Bloodz all day west side CMG

  5. THE REAL MILE HIGH G.K.I KNIGHTS INSANE GANG

  6. WHY THEY SHOW NSM THE G.K.I NATION HAS WAY MORE STRIPS IN PRISON AND ON THE OUTS

  7. IVAN B. GARCIA R.I.P

    ALL THE NUTTYZ NEED TO REALIZE VEGGIES VK THOSE R OUR ENEMIES YA FUCK A SCRAP THEM NIGGAS AINT SHIT N DAT GANGLAND THAT SHIT WAS WEAK THEY DINT TALK TO NO REAL GORILLAZ CUZ REAL RILLAZ DONT TALK N WHO EVER GAVE UP ALL THOSE PICTURES OF THE NUTTYZ JUST TO B ON T.V WHOS LIL RILLAZ R WEAK YOUS AINT PUTTIN N WORK VK ALL DAY FREE BIRDY,STEVY, NUTCASE.TO ALL MY RILLAZ CHORE,MARC-DOG, MOYIT0,THOSE R SOME REAL GORILLAZ!!!!! R.I.P IVAN,MANEUL,SLUR-DOG,B-CENTE VKVKVKVKVKVVKVKVKVVKVKVKVKVVKVKVKVKVKVVKVKVKVKVKVKVKVVKVKVKVKVKVKVKVVKVKVKVK

    • respect the shoota

      FUCK marc dog that fat piece of shit aint no nutty IN FACT,he is a gki posing to be a NSM.HE snitched out his own nutties for some cash and in honor of some gki’s he was tight with.Some lil nsm’s pulled a jack move on some gki members and marc dogg snitched out his hood because he didnt get a cut of the profits.in 1993-94 Moyo,manuel and marcos were reppin west side to the fullest when they lived off 8th and mariposa.then they started claiming nutty and turned in some north soldiers for some west gki members!what a bitch!Marc dogg showed NO loyalty to his northern comrades BUT INSTEAD showed his loyalty to the opposing team.This is a message to all the north soldiers rather you be a uta,nsm,vagol,nsc,gnx,or whatever,becareful what you tell your OG’s because your shot callers might turn against you for some other hood.Marc dogg showed loyalty to his cousin mousey dave from the gki gang who ended up snitching on all the g’s anyway.Fuck moyo fuck marcos and fuck manuel he was a molester anywayz.The CWD crew needs to terminate marc dog already and quit being scared,after all YOUR OG marcos snitched you guys out anyways for a little bit of change.Go be a fucking knight insane with all the west siders marc dog.Ivan died AND NOBODY DID SHIT nsm ALWAYS WANTS BEEF WITH GANGS THAT THEY DONT EVEN BEEF WITH.GKI BEEF WITH INCAS they donyt exist.nsm says vogal killa but NEVER KILLED ONE,COME ON NUTTIES RIDE FOR IVAN ALREADY,COME ON G’S QUIT SAYING SKUNK MURDERER BECAUSE INCAS DO NOT EXIST

      • Laura

        This is coming from someone related to a gang member. Gang members are stupid because they don’t know that the cops question kids that are related to gang members to find out who committed these crimes. My cousin joined a gang in 1988. once the cops found out I was related to a gang member and had friends that lived in other neighborhoods where there were gang members, they kept coming to my house asking about gang members crimes. I even went to school with kids related to gang members who claimed the cops were always questioning them about crimes. I received 27 visits from the police from 1988 to 1995. My cousin was in a gang that wore black and blue. I knew 6 people that lived in gang infested neighborhoods. 4 of them lived in neighborhoods where there were gang members that wore black and 2 of them lived in neighborhoods where there were gang members who wore red. So I asked the police why do you keep coming to my house asking me questions about gang members? They answered and said because we know you’re related to a gang member we know that you have friends who live in gang infested neighborhoods. We investigated your friends to find out if they are related to gang members and we found out that their fathers know your uncle and was in prison with him. We also keep track of everytime a gang members relative witnesses a shooting or a stabbing and gives us statements so we can use this to try to solve our crimes. What is it with gang members thinking they know who rats them out. Alot of them end up in jail because gang members relatives snitch or they tell their friends about the gangs crimes even the names of the gang members involved in the crimes. So their friends call the police and say my friend is related to a gang member he just told me about this crime and who did it. then the cops go and question kids in the neighborhood, and these kids confess to knowing about the crimes, and the cops tell them we need to sign a statement so we can arrest them for their crime. Basically a statement is a paper where you write what you know about the crime and the gang members names, and then you sign your name at the bottom. that is all the proof the cops need to make an arrest.

    • ass_monkey_gave_me_aids

      bitch crip gang nigga ill fukn cut yo dick off and shove it up yo ass thenn cook it and feed it to yo ass on a plate crak head ill eat yo mamas pussy out and ill whoop yo ass

    • ass_monkey_gave_me_aids

      Justin Beaber fuks ur group nd u fuckn lik it twikle douche

    • DADDI V

      NORTH SIDE VAGOS GANG 303 FUK MONKEYS AND pUTA’s!

  8. S/S13

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  9. Joseph

    It’s clear there are two principal factors which make possible this absurd daily violence. 1. The Second Amendment, an old law from 1871 which is absurd to keep it in century XXI. The same problem have Islamic when they try to live in actual society according with an old religious code. Laws must be changed when times change. The only difference between safe streets in European Union and USA is this one: in Europe you can’t buy guns. Of course we have crimes here, but it’s very rare somebody die in a crime, because the usual tool used by criminals is a knife. The second factor is more difficult to solve: the low Intelligence Coefficient of gang bangers. They are simply stupid, lazy, unable to study or to get a job and work hard every day to earn clean money. This kind of people will always exist even with the best education opportunities, because there are always a bunch of people who think the rest are sillier than them and they think: why to study and work if I can deal with drugs earning fast and easy money? For these people the only solution is the jail for the rest of their lives. The sad thing (for them, not for us) is that most of them use to finish their lives with a shot in the head, bleeding in a dirty alley. Losers. ;-)

  10. daddi v

    NSV fuck nsm we punk u all the time kill a V b 4 u say vk bitchs

  11. DADDI V

    No monkeys put in work in the North side. From what I know NxVAGOS got shit on lock in the NORTH so quit with all the non sense monkeys!

    • ass_monkey_gave_me_aids

      you guys suck cock i hope you and you family gets hiv aids and your future children die so fuck you u guys should be our slaves still so fuck you bitch ass fuckin faggots

  12. GK!STYLE

    Fuck a Punk azz zkrezz!3 You punk ass ratz dont run shit in the joint or on the streetz! Big Bad GK! GanG Runz Denver Colorado! The streets and the joints alike! I know you bitch azz scrap, ! Just came home! All you bitchs bow down to this B!G BAD W3$T $!D3 GK! GAnG!!! We run Denver PUTO!

  13. Gangs are for Fags

    Nobody gives a shit about gangs because they are all bunch of cock suckers. A bunch of dudes hanging out all the time…seems pretty gay to me.

  14. Big mk

    NsV Los VAGOs North side gang run the Nxtty.Nsm nut sucking monkeys are all fake fuk you changos you bitches are all talk untill you see that big VAGO in your face then you don’t claim shit fuking Internet fake ass wanksters you are starting some shit you can’t handle mother fuckers better be what you say or you bitches no the out come fuking with the best die like the rest fuk nutty snitching monkeys make the nutty look sad with that gangland bullshit “9 out of 10 monkeys are snitches ” punk ass bitches Vz up monkeys down this is NsV VAGOs gang

  15. 80211gaNg$ta

    big bad CrimiNal gaNg Nutty $iDe 4 life N$C fuCC all $Krapz187

  16. Fuk monkeys this is big NsV LOs VAGOs all you monkeys bow down when you see a real NsV VAGO in your face fucking punks this is mK all day bitches never even came close to a mother fuking VAGO mad because your bitches love this VAGO dick ! Keep running your mouth and you bitches are going to catch a hot one from my VANNA cilp step up when you see a NxTTY VAGOTE it’s on site

    • ass_monkey_gave_me_aids

      u r a fuk monkey retard3d twinkle douche f u sayin that go find a hobby u fuckn bum nd go suk ur fuk ur moms dick cause yousa big pussy bitch then suk on ur pussy nd tak ur ass 2 cali u big ass wipe

  17. ass_monkey_gave_me_aids

    ill get your babys addicted to meth

  18. 80207Den-cKo

    First off fucK a scKrap fucK a cKrab fucK a nutsacK, n fucK a goofy ass purple wearin walkin round lookin like big ass barneyz n shit GKI! second B104d diz iz NORTHEAST DENVER PARKHILL NEIGHBORHOOD 80207 SO FUcK ALL U SMEXIKANZ ON THE NORTHSIDE DA SOUTHSIDE N DA WESTSIDE N EVEN N AURORA ALL U MUTHAFUKAZ NEED 2 GO BAcK AKROSS DAT SOUTHERN BORDER N I DNT GET DAT SHIT BOUT U SMEXIKANZ HOW KOME U GOT MUTHAFUCKAZ BANGIN “SOUTHSIDE” BUT YAL B OUT HERE N DA NORTHEAST?? WHAT DA FUCK? MAINLY MONTBELLO..NEVA HEARD OF A “”NORTHSIDE SOUTHSIDER””? N THEN MY ISSUE WIT U FUcKIN CHAP ASS NUTSUCKERZ IZ Y U BANG “NORTHSIDE” WHEN AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL U MUTHAFUcKAZ KOME 4RM THE SOUTH ANYWAY??? MEXICO IS SOUTH….HMM….FUCK ALL U SMEXIKANZ KANT STAND NONE OF YAL NSM DNT RUN SHIT N AINT BOUT SHIT SO PUTTIN YAL ON GANGLAND WAS A PUT DOWN 2 DENVER MAKIN US LOOK BAD N SHIT. MY LIL HOMIE BEAT UP 2 NSM’Z N DA GILLIAM LIKE 2 DAYZ AGO MY LIL NIGGA ON PURPLE SHIRT NOW! SO YAL AINT SHIT. N U SKRAPZ REALLY DNT RUN SHIT KUZ WHENEVA I ROLL DOWN KOLFAX AND OAKLAND STREET I HIT YALL UP WIT DA HOOD N STRIKE UP DA B YALL DNT DO SHIT BUT LOOK AWAY!!! LIKE I SAID NORTHEAST DENVER 80207! PARKHILL CRENSHAW MAFIA GANGSTA B104DZ! WE OUT HERE!!

  19. fat boy

    fuck the crabs a pussyz it all about north side nsm

  20. Big boI hektik

    ayo all thiz enternet gangsta shit iz waqk itz all bout the Big westside denver every one knowz all monkeyz are snitchz and shit fuqk gangland fuqk lockdown they dont know shit big blood mafia monkeyz aint shit west em

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