18th Street gang is now in the Philippines (Filipinas)
18th Street Gang
18th Street Gang Graffiti
Years active 1960′s – present
Territory Mostly in Los Angeles California, the western and southern areas of the United States, Mexico, and Central
Ethnicity Mostly Mexican, Central Americans
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, assault, arson, robbery, kidnapping, pandering, extortion, arms trafficking,
human trafficking, theft, murder, racketeering, illegal immigration, illegal gambling, identity document forgery and
Rivals Mara Salvatrucha, Clanton 14, Playboys gang
18th Street gang, also known as M18, Calle 18, Barrio 18, La18 or Mara-18 in Central America, is a ruthless, multi-ethnic transnational criminal organization that started as a street gang in the Rampart area of Los Angeles, California. They are considered to be the largest transnational criminal street gang in Los Angeles and it is estimated that there are tens of thousands of members in Los Angeles County alone. The FBI has documented close to 65,000 active gang members and they are active in 120 cities in 37 U.S. states.
18th Street gang started near 18th Street and Union Avenue in the Rampart District of Los Angeles. There is conflicting information as to the exact area, but this is a generally accepted area by most academic sources. They were originally part of Clanton 14 but wanted to make a separate clique called Clanton 18th Street and allow immigrants the opportunity to join. This proposal was rejected by the Clanton 14, which led to the formation of the 18th Street gang. The two gangs have been bitter rivals ever since. The 18th Street gang grew by expanding its membership to other nationalities and races, and it was among the first multiracial, multi-ethnic gangs in Los Angeles In the beginning, they were made up largely of second-generation Hispanic immigrants.As the 18th Street gang began to battle with more established Hispanic gangs, they began to recruit outside of the Hispanic community.There are approximately 200 separate individual autonomous gangs operating under the same name within separate barrios in the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, the South Bay, South Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles, Pico Union, Inglewood, Cudahy, and Orange County, according to the latest figures from the NDIC. In the last decade,[when?] The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated wide-scale raids against known and suspected gang members, netting hundreds of arrests across the country.
The majority of 18th Street cliques operating throughout Southern California are the result of Los Angeles members migrating to other areas and establishing their own cliques. Members originally from Los Angeles tend to be more respected than those in other areas. Eighteenth Street has become the largest and fastest-growing gang in Oregon. Its members have tried to assert control over the state prison narcotics trade and are blamed for one of Salem’s worst gang slayings: A 15-year-old 18th Streeter, who wanted out, was gunned down by his homeboys. In El Salvador, church leaders have been working to broker a truce between 18th Street and its rivals. Authorities from Honduras, meanwhile, recently visited Los Angeles seeking advice from law enforcement on the gang. 18th Street cliques have been identified in 120 cities in 37 states and the District of Columbia in the United States, as well as Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Philippines, Guatemala, Canada and Australia. Some cliques are: 54th Tiny Locos, Hollywood Gangsters, Tiny Diablos, Pico Gangsters, Bellflower, 106th Block, Grand View, Hoover, Mac Arthur Park, Smile Drive, Shatto Park, South Central, Rancho Park, Freshwater, Cudahy, Baby Locas (A Females Clique), Malditos in Orange County