Even though they are relatively few in number, the California-based Sureño gang is the most powerful group operating in Oklahoma prisons today, a state Corrections Department intelligence officer told The Oklahoman.

Melissa Townsend, an intelligence officer with the Corrections Department, said the Hispanic gang has a firm grip on the flow of contraband into the state's prisons.

"It doesn't have anything to do with numbers," Townsend said. “Power comes from control of contraband and whoever's in control at that moment. And right now, it's the Hispanics."

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