MS-13

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Mara Salvatrucha
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Mara Salvatrucha gang member with gang's name tattooed on his back
Founded1980s
InWestlake, Los Angeles, California
Years active1980s–present
TerritoryEl Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; United States;
EthnicityMostly Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans
Membership8,000–10,000 (US)
30,000–50,000 (worldwide)[1]
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, illegal immigration, robbery, larceny, human trafficking, extortion, murder, money laundering, prostitution, racketeering, battery, kidnapping, and arms trafficking
AlliesOther Sureños gangs[2]
Mexican Mafia[3]
Los Zetas[4]
Rivals18th Street gang (Barrio 18)[5]
Norteños and affiliated gangs[3]

Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) is one of the most dangerous gangs in the world.[source?] They are mostly Salvadorian.[source?]

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Gang Threat Assessment". fbi.gov. National Gang Intelligence Center. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. Ronczkowski, Michael R. (2006). Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis and Investigations, Second Edition. CRC Press. pp. 102–103. ISBN 9780849378508. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bryjak, George J.; Barkan, Steven E. (2011). Fundamentals of criminal justice : a sociological view (2nd. ed.). Sudbury, Massacheusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 115. ISBN 9780763754242. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. "Zetas and MS-13 Join Forces in Guatemala". Fox News Latino. Fox News Network. Associated Press. April 7, 2012. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  5. "MS13".