The Texas Syndicate formed in the California prison system in the 1970s. Hispanic Texans doing time in these prisons were being victimized by other inmates. In a show of force, they initially formed for self-protection. They became know as the most ruthless and violent gang in California prisons. A lone member would go into a group of inmates to kill setting aside his own safety. As some of these members moved back to Texas and were subsequently incarcerated, they spread throughout the Texas prison system with the same ruthlessness and violence. Being very particular about membership, the once all Hispanic group let in few white inmates join the gang. In the 1980s the TS went to war with the newer gang, the Mexikanemi led by inmate Herbert Huerta, a writ writer. Putting a challenge before the dominant TS, the two groups warred for several years leaving a bloody trail in prison and on the streets. The TS, always the smarter, left no doubt with the MM and other gangs that their dominance would continue. Today, they coexist in peace. One Hispanic state legislator, who later became the state's attorney general, attempted to bring the two gangs together to find a peaceful solution to their war. Critics of the plan said that such a move would legitimize these criminal gangs.
The Texas syndicate is still under the thumb of Francisco "Panchito" Gonzales, a California inmate at Pelican Bay. Another TS member has been attempting to form a splinter group called the Originales. Since then a hit has been placed on this member. He was tthe same TS member who had brought the Tri-City Bombers to the TS's attention in the early 1990s. The TS is in many prison systems, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP).