25 Notoriously Dangerous Gangs

In the past we took you to the 25 most dangerous cities on Earth, but now we’re going to take a closer look at why those cities are so dangerous – notoriously dangerous gangs. With an estimated 33,000 gangs in the US alone, this list will take you on a journey through the most violent gangs in the criminal underworld. Led by some of the most powerful gangsters in the world, the gangs, mafias, and organized crime rings on this list will leave you shaking in your boots. Get ready to get your primer on crime families with these 25 Notoriously Dangerous Gangs.

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18th Street Gang (Barrio 18)

Jailed Barrio 18 membershttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764744/Barrio-18-Meet-terrifying-gang-rivals-MS-13.html

It has been said that on average, everyday someone in Los Angeles County is assaulted by an 18th Street Gang member. Although they are rivals with the Bloods (#9), Crips (#23), and MS13 (#2), over the last ten years, the 18th Street Gang has racked up a kill count over three times as high as any of their rivals.

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Los Zetas

Zetas members in cameo with rifleshttps://ctc.usma.edu/a-profile-of-los-zetas-mexicos-second-most-powerful-drug-cartel/

One of the most powerful drug cartels in the world, Los Zetas is responsible for so much death and destruction that it would be hard to fully describe its magnitude. It’s primary base of operations is located in Mexico, but its reach extends far beyond the Mexican border, and it has been a thorn in the side of governments surrounding Mexico.

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Solntsevskaya Bratva

Russian Mafia Member being arrestedhttp://fortune.com/2014/09/14/biggest-organized-crime-groups-in-the-world/

A Russian mafia group, the Solntsevskaya Bratva is one of the richest gangs currently in operation. With a highly organized council, the 10 brigades of the mafia group have over 9,000 members and are knee deep in the drug trade and money laundering activities.

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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)

Three tattooed MS 13 gang membershttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39645640

One of the most violent gangs in the world, MS-13 makes most other gangs look like high schoolers dealing marijuana. It was started in California in the 1980’s when men fleeing from El Salvador’s civil war began a loosely organized gang. Since then, the group has continued to grow and add members with operations throughout North and Central America. In South America, the gang is especially dangerous and known for its heinous crimes against women and children. However, it’s MS-13’s lack of systematic organization that keeps it from being #1.

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Triads

Three Triad members show their back tattooshttps://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/181425-fast-facts-chinese-triads-organized-crimes

This massive Chinese crime syndicate is actually a conglomerate of gangs that has over 2.5 million members all over the world who dabble in trafficking, murder, and political influence. While each branch has its own customs and practices, the triads as a whole are known for their very organized structure and intense, bloody rituals. It’s their large membership, incredible organization, and systemic influence that makes the Triads the most notorious gang on our list.

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