MS-13

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MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha)

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Composed of mostly Salvadorans and other Central Americans, the MS-13 gang is believed to have an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 members in 33 states in the United States (out of more than 700,000 gang members overall), and tens of thousands more in Central America. It's considered the fastest-growing, most violent and least understood of America's street gangs—in part because U.S. law enforcement has not been watching as closely as it might have. As authorities have focused their attention on the war against terrorism, MS-13 has proliferated. In the FBI's D.C. field office, the number of agents dedicated to gang investigations declined by 50 percent.


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Although authorities claim to have made strides against MS-13, the gang is still considered a national threat: one gang leader accused of orchestrating a December bus bombing in Honduras that killed 28 people was arrested in Texas in February, and a recent seven-city sweep by ICE netted more than 100 reputed MS-13 members. But Robert Clifford, head of the new national task force, says "no single law-enforcement action is really going to deal the type of "blow" necessary to dismantle the gang. No one is more interested in busting up MS-13 than leaders of the Latino community, who live with the fear and fallout of the gang's savage actions.

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MS-13 got started in Los Angeles in the 1980s by Salvadorans fleeing a civil war. Many of the kids grew up surrounded by violence. Del Hendrixson of Bajito Onda, a gang-outreach program, remembers an MS-13 member who recounted one of his earliest memories: guarding the family's crops at the age of 4, armed with a machete, alone at night. When he and others reached the mean streets of the L.A., Mexican gangs preyed on them. The newcomers' response: to band together in a mara, or "posse," composed of salvatruchas, or "street-tough Salvadorans".


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Over time, the gang's ranks grew, adding former paramilitaries with weapons training and a taste for atrocity. MS-13 eventually adopted a variety of rackets, from extortion to drug trafficking. When law enforcement cracked down and deported planeloads of members, the deportees quickly created MS-13 outposts in El Salvador and neighboring countries like Honduras and Guatemala. This gang, like many Southern California Latino gangs, operates under the orders of the powerful Prison gang the Mexican Mafia. This is evident by the number '13' associated with its name, which represents La Eme or the letter 'M'.


News

TPS Cracks Down on MS-13

MS-13 Spreading To Canada

FBI Claims MS-13 Gang Growing More Dangerous in U.S.

MS-13 Members Hired to Murder Boarder Patrol


Comments

Scrubs

take your joke ass's back to guatemala and suck ya mommas balls!

get killed by the bloods and crips already.

Crip$ can fck these muthfckas up SO BAD