The New Mexico Syndicate prison gang is also
known as the Syndicato Nuevo Mexico prison gang. It has a close
alliance with, and subscribes to, the philosophies of the
Mexican Mafia prison gang and gained notoriety after the riot in the New Mexico State Penitentiary in 1980. The
New Mexico Syndicate prison gang is considered to be the most violent and most powerful of all of the Security Threat Groups within the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
New Mexico Syndicate prison gang members follow a chain of command and are led by a Don (General) and a group of long time, respected inmates, called "The Panel." The general membership is known as soldiers. Known enemies of the SNM are members of another Hispanic group known as Los Carnales. (meaning: The Brothers)