Gang codes: Not hiding in plain sight

The following gang code sample was confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in New York


Gangs are secret societies who advertise their identity. They hide in plain sight. Gang members wear colors, have identifying tattoos, flash hand signs, put up graffiti, and use symbols in their codes that help to identify them and their gang affiliation.

But sometimes gang members want to hide their gang affiliation; these cases are the exceptions that make the rule. The following gang code sample was confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in New York, and sent to me to try to decipher. The officials at BOP said the code was from a “high-ranking” member of the Bloods gang.

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