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The 18th Street Gang is one of the largest street gangs in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. 18th Street originated in the late 1950s in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. They have been described as the most violent and aggressive street gang in the country. Over the past few years 18th Street quickly grew, but membership levels have appeared to reach a peak in many states. The 18th Street gang grew out of an older Los Angeles gang, the Clanton 14 street gang (after the street that was their home base) better known as Clanton 14 by locals. In the 1940’s, Clanton Street was changed to 14th Place due to the high number of zoot suit Pachucos ’hanging-out’, as well as the war effort’s need for simple addresses. The Clanton gang was active in Los Angeles for decades and comprised several generations of well-established Mexicans living in America; more recent Mexican immigrants and Chicanos that wanted to join Clanton were rejected. From these rejects the 18th Street gang was born. The gang has since grown to be California’s most fragmental and largest street gang, with membership in the tens of thousands, with many satellite gangs. Out of this, it is estimated that about 60% of its members are illegal immigrants, according to a confidential report last year by the state’s California Department of Justice|Department of Justice.[2] While the majority of the gang’s activities occur in Los Angeles, the gang is active throughout the United States and other countries, including Canada, Peru, Mexico,Guatemala, and El Salvador. The gang is divided into five subsets or ’sides’: North, East, South, West and South Central Los Angeles . Furthermore, each side has its own cliques or mini gangs. 18th Street gangsters are traditionally rivals with the Mara Salvatrucha. Other rivals include Florencia 13, 38th Street Gang, Clanton 14, Madrid, and the Black P. Stones (Jungles). The gang was recently documented in

Taggings of 18th street gang. Founded Years active Territory 1959 1960 - present mostly in Los Angeles,the Western and Southern areas of the United States,and Central America manly Hispanic 100,000+ Drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, gun traficking, murder, contract killing, etc. none Every gang

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18th Street Gang, also known as Eighteen St., or Mara 18, is a Los Angeles-based largely Hispanic street gang. It is estimated that there are between 8,000 to 20,000 members of 18th Street gang in Los Angeles County alone, The latest figures from the NDIC 18th Street membership at 30,000 to 50,000 nationwide, one of the biggest street gangs in the country, estimated to be over 100,000 world wide.[1]


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Gangsters from 18 shown on the Crime Investigation Network The gang was featured in an episode of Numb3rs, in which they were named the 18th Street Mexicali. The gang was also referred to in an episode of Shark as the 18th Street posse. Also in a scene in the movie Domino,also featured also in the show Gangland (TV series) in a episode called "murder by numbers".

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is attributed to the gang’s connections with Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. The 18th Street gang is occasionally referred to as the "Children’s Army" because of its recruitment of elementary and middle-school aged youth. [4] 18th Street gang members are most often seen wearing brown or black pants and a white T-shirt. Alternatively, gang members also wear jerseys from professional sports teams. 18th Street gang members are considered highly armed and dangerous.

Membership was originally open to Mexican nationals. Although most members tend to be of Mexican descent, membership has opened to other backgrounds, including Central American, African American, Middle Eastern, Asian, Caucasian, and Native American. Currently, 18th Street has a loose hierarchical structure. Although the gang is well networked throughout the nation, Mexico, and Central America, there is no known central leadership nationally or internationally. Cliques generally function independently, but will join forces when combating rival gangs or law enforcement.

Criminal Activity
18th Street is a well established gang that is involved in all areas of criminal activity. Some members have even become involved in producing fraudulent Immigration and Naturalization identification cards and food stamps. Several 18th Street gang members have evolved into a higher level of sophistication and organization than other gangs. This progression is credited to the gang’s close relationship with Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. They also have been linked to occurrences of murder, murder-for-hire, assaults, drug trafficking, extortion, vandalism, drug smuggling, prostitution, robbery, weapons trafficking, as well as other crimes.

Gang markings
As with most gangs, 18th Street gang members can be easily identified by their tattoos. A common identifier is the number 18 (Spanish: dieciocho), which is usually represented in the Roman numeral (X8)(XVIII) (XV3) and sometimes they also use 666 or 99 (6+6+6=18 / 9+9=18).Some use the number 5 meaning the fifth letter of the Alphabet They also tattoo themselves with the word BEST, which stands for Barrio Eighteen STreet. Members engage in graffiti to mark their terrority.

The majority of 18th Street cliques operating throughout the United States and abroad are the result of Los Angeles members’ migrating to other areas and establishing cliques under their leadership. Members originally from Los Angeles tend to be more respected than those in other areas. 18th Street cliques have been identified in 37 states and the District of Columbia in the United States, as well as 10 foreign countries.

18th Street gang members are required to abide by a strict set of rules. For instance, they are forbidden from using crack cocaine and other hard drugs. Failure to obey the word of a gang leader, or to show proper respect to a fellow gang member, may result in an 18-second beating, or even execution for more serious offenses. [3] According to the LAPD, some factions of the 18th Street gang have developed a high level of sophistication and organization. This

Barrio Dieciocho/Mara 18
Pico union was being populated by Salvadoran immigrants and being one of many turf of the 18th street gang, they allowed them to join because of their knowledge of warfare. At a point later on some Salvadoran didn’t like the ideal of being under the 18th street gang. So being a large amount, they easily formed the Mara Salvatrucha the 18th street


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gang did not want to allow them to take that area, so like other rivals they fought for that area, so later on other Salvadoran and other Central America immigrants joined them for protection from other gang’s, and being illegal immigrants, lots got deported and they took the pride and the grudge of the 18th street gang to those countries, thus leading them to the famous gang war’s of Central America of the 18th street gang and the Mara Salvatrucha. Then a new 18th street set was born Barrio Dieciocho Mara 18. Made up of Central Americans, they fight war’s with MS-13 in and out of the United States making the 18th street gang the most violent and aggressive street gang in the world.

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On March 2, 2008, Jamiel Shaw Jr., 17 was gunned down by 19 year old Pedro Espinoza, a 18th Street gang member who had been arrested on the same day of Jamiel’s funeral according to the Los Angeles District Attorney. Espinoza had spent nearly four months in a Los Angeles County jail for exhibiting a firearm and resisting arrest before he was released March 1, 2008 just 28 hours before he murdered Jamiel. Within a week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency had filed paperwork naming Espinoza a potential candidate for deportation. If convicted for this crime, he will most likely received a life sentence, so the immigration hold brings no heavier punishment for this offense. It turns out that when Espinoza was four years old, he was smuggled into the United States from Mexico and he grew up in a neighborhood just west of Shaw’s Arlington Heights home.When the murder was reported in the local news, Jamiel was characterized as the son a military mother, who was a successful high school athlete that was not involved in street gangs in any way. The media described this murder as "senseless" and when it was determined that Espinoza was an illegal alien, the story of Shaw’s murder was being highlighted by the media’s strongest critics against illegal immigration, including Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Lou Dobbs. According to Bill O’Reilly, "Jamiel was just walking around, he wasn’t a bad kid, he’s an athlete, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time" (March 24, 2008 - The O’Reilly Factor). Jamiel wasn’t a bad kid, but he did have relationships with gang members in his community that led to Espinoza’s fatal assault on him. Jamiel lived in a community occupied by Bloods that have been at war with 18th Street for 12 years. With witnesses pointing out that a Hispanic was responsible for the murder, the only logical assailant would be a member of 18th Street, a predominately Mexican-American gang with some illegal alien members. Reports that 18th Street gang has a membership that is 80 percent illegal is false. Of the County’s total gang population approximately five to 10% are illegal. Many of our City’s 40,000 gang members in the database are teens like Jamiel, just mere associates that interact with those in the community and play sports. They are not of the criminal element, but based on his associations, law enforcement would categorize

18th street has many music artest such as Brown rekluse, Smiley drive Gangsters, Benni Blanco, Spainsih Fly, and also Lil gangster, also a boxer by the name of Termite, and a tattoo artist that died by the name of kasper. 18th street has been included in many films as well, to name a few American Me, and Domino

Jamiel Shaw Jr. murder
Pedro Espinoza

Pedro Espinoza mug shot. Jamiel Shaw Jr.

Jamiel Shaw’s football photo


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young Jamiel as a gang member, and if they read the following quote that Jamiel wrote on one of his myspace pages under "people I’d like to meet," it would raise more eyebrows to his gang affiliation "I’D LIKE 2 MEET OTHER B-DOGS SOME FREAKY GIRLS BECAUSE U GOT 2 BE A VERY FREAKY 2 TALK 2 ME. SOME crabs SO I CAN BEAT THOSE c-monstas. BUT MAINLY OTHER GIRLS. aND 2 TALK 2 MY FREAKS" "IM A TRU G ND U DONT NEED TA KNO DA ALPHABETS TA B - SABG!! WUT DO U TELL A BITcKH WIT 2 BLAcK EYEs........NUTH N SMUG U ALREADY TWIcKE!! 30k..eK AIM TRAKKBOIZ"
Jamiel Shaw Jr.

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Frank "puppet" Martinez mug shot.

Jamiel Shaw’s photo wearing a red bandanna

Translation: - "B-Dogs" mean Blood member. - ""crabs" is a derogatory term for Crips - Also the name he choose for his URL is "lil cka boom" were the "ck" means Crip killer - "Tru G" means true gangster. - "SABG" Second Avenue Blood Gang, a click of a Blood neighborhood - He spells the word "bitch" with a "K" after the "c" which is "cK" for Crip Killer. The letter "c" is also deliberately spelled in lowercase to because this letter is synonymous with Crips. He spells the word "Black" the same way. - "30k" means 30s Crip killer, the main Crip rival of the Bloods in this neighborhood. - Here is the irony, he writes "eK" meaning Eighteen Killer, a gang at war with the Bloods, and the same gang which Pedro Espinoza, Jamiel’s killer was from. Jamiel Shaw family starts in the video Why Me? (Ice Cube song)

The city of Los Angeles sue’s 18th street
Frank "puppet" Martinez

The city of Los Angeles has sued "nine imprisoned members of the 18th Street Gang, including two leaders of the Mexican Mafia, and demands civil damages on behalf of residents of two city neighborhoods f successful, the suit would distribute proceeds from seized homes, businesses and other assets to neighborhood residents who cannot file suit themselves because they fear retaliation, prosecutors say. "Today, we’re sending a message to gang leaders across this city: If you break the law, we will not only find you, arrest you and put you behind bars, we will also take away your money, your property, your homes and your cars," City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said. "Every penny we strip away will be returned to the neighborhoods." Prison allegedly has not prevented the gang members from profiting from their enterprises: Delgadillo said the action is necessary because the gang leaders, even though they are in prison, collect profits from illegal "street taxes" imposed on residents of the Pico-Union and Westlake areas, where drug dealers, store owners and even ice cream vendors must pay protection. Among those named as defendants in the civil suit are Mexican Mafia leaders Ruben "Nite Owl" Castro and Frank "Puppet" Martinez. Castro, 46, is a leader, or carnal, of the Mexican Mafia, also known as the "La Eme" prison


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gang. Authorities say Castro controls two cliques of the 18th Street gang -- the Shatto Park Locos and the Hoover Locos. Castro is alleged to have run those gang cliques from a federal maximum-security prison in Colorado, where he is serving multiple life terms and was recently sentenced to an additional 27 years and three months for racketeering. Prosecutors say that from behind bars, Martinez, another La Eme carnal, allegedly made as much as $40,000 a month from criminal activity. Mexican Mafia member Frank “Puppet” Martinez ran the racketeering out of a prison cell, relying on his wife, Janie Garcia, as his trusted surrogate and field commander. This all took place during a pivotal period in the history of Southern California’s Latino gangs. The 18th Street Columbia Lil Cycos clique developed and refined the concept of extorting drug dealers with “renta,” or taxes.

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narcotics distribution operations."The Los Angeles city attorney’s office filed a companion abatement lawsuit to shut down operations at Pantoja’s business, Unico’s Tattoos. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, said the action was designed to "remove a gang asset and staging area."Herbert Brown, head of the FBI in Los Angeles, said the government was trying to "liberate" residents from fear of the 18th Street gang."We’re hopeful today’s enforcement actions encourage members of the public to come forward and report crime in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, and that citizens understand they do not have to live in fear, that the 18th Street gang does not control the area in which they live." The charges came in multiple indictments alleging that the clique was responsible for narcotics distribution, firearms trafficking, illegal firearm possession and immigration violations. In total, authorities said, a dozen people have been arrested; four defendants were already in custody; two have been identified only by street nickname Pantoja, 31, who is known as "Tricky," and his wife, Ingrid Veronica Flores Tercero, 34, were arrested.

MacArthur Park area clique are indicted
Columbia Lil Cycos

Dennis Alfredo GuzmanSaenz. murder
Joel Y. ("Jhony") Ventura-Quintanillaz A mural of CLCS in there turf.

Eighteen members of a street gang were indicted Wednesday (October 25, 2007) and charged with using violence and intimidation "to control, oversee and direct" cocaine sales in the area around MacArthur Park. The park, surrounded by poor, largely immigrant communities, was the site of the fatal shooting last month of a 23-day-old baby, the unintended victim of what officials called an extortion attempt by street criminals.Wednesday’s indictment charges the members of a subset of the 18th Street gang called the Columbia Lil Cycos with a conspiracy, which authorities say was directed by Sergio Pantoja out of a tattoo shop that he owns on West 6th Street."A new generation of gang members has risen to fill the power vacuum created after we successfully prosecuted the prior leadership," U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O’Brien said. "Today, we have again cut off the head of this organization and dismantled its

Joel Y.Ventura-Quintanillazmug shot. Dennis Alfredo Guzman-Saenz


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suspects went to a grocery store to buy a celebratory beer, police said in charging documents made public yesterday. The suspect then returned to his kitchen a knife used in the killing, and he and his roommate later used it to prepare food" according to the documents Joel Y. Ventura-Quintanilla is still awaiting trail

A photo of Dennis

Frank Kalil Becerra court case
An 18th Street gang member who was sentenced to death for strangling two men in a downtown hotel room the day after Christmas 1994 over a drug deal. Before being sentenced, Frank Kalil Becerra lashed out at Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Ratinoff for not allowing him to give complete answers during his testimony. "She only allowed me to give ’yes’ and ’no’ answers. But everybody else who got up there (on the stand), she let them say what ever the f--k they wanted to," he said. "I’m f-----g’ pissed! I’m mad!" he said. Superior Court Judge J.D. Smith gave Ratinoff a chance to respond to Becerra but she declined. Later, though, Ratinoff said Becerra "felt when cross-examined that he could go on and on answering any question posed to him." But, she added, "The rules of evidence are quite clear" that he "can’t just answer anything under the sun." Ratinoff said Becerra, 26, is a long-time member of the notorious gang. She claimed he was on a drugbinge high when he murdered Herman Jackson and James Harding, both in their early 40s, apparently to settle a dispute over a cocaine deal. the victims were found in a room at the Pacific Grand Hotel. They were tied together, one behind the other, and had been strangled with electrical cords. Their pants were down around their ankles, an act of humiliation 18th Street gang members often use. Ratinoff said one of the men died before the other, leaving one man to know his fate hours before it occurred. "I do have to say that the manner in which these killings occurred ... is one of the worst homicides I’ve ever seen," said Ratinoff, a member of the District Attorney’s Office’s Hard Core Gang division. And Becerra "is definitely one of the worst (criminals) that I have personally seen," she said. Before imposing the sentence, Smith ticked off a list of prior offenses against the outspoken defendant, who has

On January 18, 2009, 15-year old Dennis Alfredo Guzman-Saenz left his home in the 8100 block of 14th Avenue in Hyattsville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. The teenager walked to a Metrobus stop in front of his house, planning to take a bus to a friend’s house. According to the Montgomery County Department of Police, Guzman-Saenz crossed paths with the devil incarnate in the form of Joel Y. (”Jhony”) Ventura-Quintanilla and four other members of the 18th Street gang Following the simplistically brutal traditions of gang culture, the 18th Street gangsters were out celebrating the 18th of the month, (a common Barrio [mara] 18 tradition) by looking for a member of a rival gang in this case the Mara Salvatrucha. GuzmanSaenz was not yet an MS-13 member. But he was a hanger-on or “associate.” According to a local news report (Montgomery News Gazette), is what happened to Dennys Alfredo Guzman-Saenz: When they [the 18th Street gangsters] saw Guzman-Saenz, who was not in MS-13 but had friends who were, they posed as MS-13 members to determine if he was affiliated with the gang. Guzman-Saenz was abducted after he provided information about MS-13, police said. Prosecutors said Guzman-Saenz was beaten and stabbed once in the car in Langley Park, according to a brief account given by Assistant State’s Attorney Jeffrey Wennar at bond hearings for four of the suspects Monday. The gang members took the teen to a suspect’s residence in Germantown, then to Malcolm King Park in Gaithersburg [another Maryland suburb] . Guzman-Saenz was taken to a stream in the park and stabbed 72 times, Wennar said. "A jogger found Guzman-Saenz dead in the park at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19." The Washington Post adds this detail: "immediately after the stabbing, one of the


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# Gang 1 North Side 18th Street Cliques City/Area

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Policing Agency

Los Angeles, LAPD North Hollywood San Fernando Division Valley, North Hollywood 54th, King Blvd Gs 106th Columbia Lil Cycos Pico Locos Kdubs, Diablos, Tiny Winos Bebitos Shatto Park Locos South Central South Los Angeles Inglewood West Lake area of Los Angeles Pico Union Cuday Northeast area of Los Angeles Wilshire area of Los Angeles South Los Angeles South Gate Baldwin Park Jefferson & St. Andrews area of Los Angeles Smiley Dr., Alsace Locos, Rancho Park 7th & Broadway, Wall St Rimpau West Adams, Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles Mid City area of Los Angeles LAPD Southwest Division LAPD 77th Street Division Inglewod PD LAPD Rampart Division LAPD Rampart Division LASD LAPD Northeast Division LAPD Rampart Division LAPD 77th Street Division

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18th Street 18th Street West Side 18th Street 18th Street 18th Street East side 18th Street 18th Street 18th Street

10 South Side 18th Street 11 18th Street 12 West Side 18th Street

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LAPD Southwest Division LAPD Central Division LAPD Wilshire Division

been in and out of state and county lockups for many years. He said Becerra repeatedly tossed urine and fecal matter at his guards and also was caught with crudely fashioned prison knifes and other weapons several times. He once ripped a toilet from the wall and tried to throw it at a guard, Smith said, and he assualted his former attorney. Becerra sat stone-faced as the judge read the litany of offenses, then sentenced him to death. In the gallery, his mother and other family members also showed no emotion. To the end, Becerra maintained his innocence and denied that he is a gang member. He also told Smith he only knows how to "rock" small amounts of cocaine into crack, not large amounts as the prosecutor alleged.Although the victims’ families apparently were

not in court today, Becerra addressed them anyway. "I want them to know that I had nothing to do with these deaths. I am sorry for their loss, but I’m not sorry to them because I don’t have nothing to be sorry about."

list of few Cliques in the Los Angeles area (some country/world wide)

Main rivals
A few of their main rivals in California are: • MS-13 • 38th Street gang


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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 12th Street Florencia 13 Clanton 14 Madrid Black P. Stones (Jungles) Bloods/Pirus Crips(only a few of their Cliques} Venice 13 Culver City Boyz Latin Kings Maravilla Armenian Power The Avenues Highland Park 13 Toonerville Rifa 13 Tiny Rascal Gang Tiny Little Rascals Longos Silver Lake 13

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immigrants, further calling into question the Justice Department’s results. Hispanic activists have also criticized the report because they feel that it is mainly based on an anti-immigrant backlash that has been an integral component of the public discourse since September 11, 2001. Nevertheless, these same groups do acknowledge the existence of a growing "gang problem" in their communities but argue that it is domestically based. They have relations with Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. "Southern California’s Largest Gang Aims for Dominance", The Los Angeles Times November 17, 1996 [3] BBC News [4]

[1] 18th Street Gang by Alex Alonso, accessed July 7, 2006 . Archived 2009-05-18. [2] However, the report suffered from methodological flaws. For example, purported gang members often evade authorities by adopting multiple identities and aliases. Also, the report was largely based on field surveys conducted by law enforcement officials. Independent committees have criticized police and sheriff departments of racial profiling. Many times, law enforcement officials cannot differentiate between ethnic U.S. citizens and recently arrived

External links
• "The Day I First Found Love" - True story of an ex-gangbanger that found God • 18th Street Gang in Los Angeles County • BBC News: Gang life tempts Salvador teens • BBC News: El Salvador swoops on street gang • PBS Wide Angle: 18 With a Bullet 18th Street Gang in El Salvador • Strohm, Chris (August 1, 2005). "DHS touts success of anti-gang operation". dailyfed/0805/080105c1.htm. Retrieved on 2006-03-14. Bold text

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