Major gangs like Gangster Disciples, Crips, Bloods and Vice Lords have a strong presence, with a growing presence of Latino gangs like La Raza Nation, MS-13,Mexican Mafia, Latin Eagles, Maniac Latin Disciples and Latin Kings. In 2010, 26 gang members faced deportation after they were arrested with ties to the Vatos Locos and Sureno-13 gangs.
Gangs in the Memphis area are concentrated in high crime neighborhoods like Hollywood, Hickory Hill, Parkway Village, Westwood, Raleigh, Frayser, Orange Mound,Whitehaven and Binghampton; but their presence is also felt in the suburbs of Tipton County, Tennessee, and DeSoto County, Mississippi.
After a series of gang related robberies at Tom Lee Park on the river bluff in downtown Memphis, the Memphis Police Department said that "they often feel powerless to control these out-of-control teens." In May 2013, high school students warned Memphis City Schools against a proposed school merger of Booker T. Washington High School and Carver High school. "It's like putting the Crips and Bloods together in a national convention."