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NCJ Number: 229862 Find in a Library
Title: Mara Salvatrucha 13: A Transnational Threat
Journal: Journal of Gang Research  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:Winter 2010  Pages:1-17
Author(s): Dr. Gregg W. Etter, Sr., Ed.D.
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 17
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents an overview of the history, organizational structure, and membership profile of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang.
Abstract: Rising form humble beginnings as a street gang formed by Salvadorian immigrants in the Rampart District of Los Angeles, CA in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) has expanded across the United States and developed into a transnational gang that has been exported to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The MS-13 is involved in numerous criminal enterprises including trafficking in drugs, guns, and humans. With a liking for violence, they have been called the "most dangerous gang" in America. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Drug business; Drug manufacturing; Gang member attitudes; Gang violence; Violent offenders
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