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

Mara Salvatrucha
Mara Salvatrucha gang member with gang's name tattooed on his back
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]


  1. "National Gang Threat Assessment". 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". 27 March 2017.