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    Violent Hispanic gang spreading in Canada

    Global National, with files from CanWest News Service and National Post

    Published: Tuesday, May 2, 2007

    Their names sound as benign as any high school sports team, but their presence is increasingly deadly.

    Some of Canada's 100-plus identified street gangs have worked their way into the public realm through high-profile arrests, or their own bloody acts of aggression, such as Toronto's Galloway Boys, Malvern Crew, Ardwick Blood Crew and the Jamestown Crips.

    Members of the Mara Salvatrucha are known to tattoo the name of the gang on their bodies, as shown by this unidentified member in Honduras.

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    Others are known only on the streets and inside confidential police files.

    Perhaps the most alarming of all, however, is the growing presence of the 'Mara Salvatrucha,' a gang whose parent group in the United States was recently labelled by Newsweek magazine as "the most dangerous gang in North America."

    Better known as the MS-13, the gang was originally formed in Los Angeles by young men fleeing civil strife in El Salvador. The new immigrants were being terrorized by established street gangs and banded together, first for self-protection and later, recognizing their growing strength, as aggressors.

    While it was once exclusively Salvadoran in membership, MS-13 is now believed to have over 100,000 members of all nationalities worldwide, engaged in activities that include drug and human trafficking, illegal arms sales, murder-for-hire, and even assaults on law enforcement officials.

    And after years of growth, beyond the borders of its Los Angeles and Central American origins, the gang is now active in 33 U.S. states, several European nations -- and Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and to a lesser extent, Edmonton and Calgary.

    "They don't think they're bad; people KNOW they're bad," says a young member of MS-13's Toronto chapter who only wishes to be identified as "Six."

    Local Canadian police agencies are now fearing a surge in violence as MS-13 -- a gang known for beheading its victims -- starts clashing with rival street gangs.

    Det. Const. Russ Wardrop, with the Vancouver Police Department's criminal intelligence branch, is particularly troubled by the pattern of violence that has followed the gang in other parts of North America.

    "They are relatively new here but I use Seattle as an example because a lot of what takes place there doesn't take long to get here," he said.

    "When they started showing up in Seattle in the mid-1990s, they were very low profile. Now, with MS-13 in Seattle, they've had murders, shootings, bank robberies. Every place they have arrived, there is an increase in violence and crime and I don't see any reason Vancouver would be different.

    "It's only a matter of time before we start seeing that here -- conflicts with other groups."

    Wardrop said the first MS-13 member was arrested in Vancouver in 1997, but over the past four years, the number of MS-13 gang members identified by Vancouver police has increased and the number of drug houses raided has risen.

    Wes McBride of the California Gang Investigators Association says he is not surprised to hear the gang had infiltrated Canada.

    "The MS follow the labour market," McBride said. "If you have migrant workers of any sort, they will be there and it's easy for them to get into Canada, as it is here."

    McBride said it is not unusual in California to find gang-controlled homes with up to 20 recent arrivals living in them.

    MS-13 members are easily recognized by police because most are heavily tattooed on their upper bodies, including the arms and face, with MS-13 lettering done in Gothic style. A shaved head with a goatee beard is also popular.


    The Toronto chapter of MS-13 has a presence in the west side of the city's downtown region.

    It has remained true to its roots and is comprised almost exclusively of young men of Latin American origin.

    "They are just so bold and so young and they make dreadful mistakes trying to establish themselves," said Detective-Sergeant Doug Quan of the gang section of Toronto's Gun and Gang Task Force in a recent interview with CanWest News Service.

    Those mistakes are increasingly causing alarm in Toronto as innocent bystanders are being caught in the crossfire.
    But police find the gangs all seem to have at least one thing in common: "Drug trafficking fuels just about everything," he said.

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    For some reason this just makes me laugh. Wait till the snow comes-they will haul ass.
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    This gang just got bitchslapped by the cops about a month back, like 200 arrests.. the cops in Toronto are actually pretty good (they better be, there's enough of them).. they decapitated the Malvern crew last year, and the crips the year before that.

    Hasn't seemed to stall any of the gunfire though but nowadays it's weird random personal grudges instead of gang turf wars
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    Blech. How feral.
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    gang members need to learn how to hit what the hell they are aiming at. they always get the innocent bystanders. fuckers, all of them
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    Interesting how much press MS-13 has been getting recently, National Geographic channel also had a special labeling them the world's most dangerous gang.

    What's funny is that in the place of their origin, L.A., I think the gang experts feel that MS-13 ain't even the most dangerous there. Not saying these guys aren't dangerous for sure they are, but in L.A. I believe they still have to answer to the Mexican Mafia prison gang. I have no idea of these MS-13 guys in other states and countries have any real ties to the original MS-13 gangs from L.A. (kinda like how the crips and bloods have tons of offshoots all over the world with no real ties to the original ones in L.A.).

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    Why is this in News when it's from 2007?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy View Post
    Why is this in News when it's from 2007?
    I think it's because we've had a string of recent shootings in Toronto.

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    "We're confident with the conclusion of this investigation that we have identified the individuals who are responsible for establishing the MS-13 clique in Toronto," he said. "We believe with the arrest we have effectively ended the activities of this gang."
    CTV Toronto- Murder conspiracy charges laid in gang sweep - CTV News, Shows and Sports -- Canadian Television

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    Tough guys, eh?

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    Damn. Those MS-13s are everywhere.

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    Mexican mafioso lives down my street. They have a resaca (small lake/big pond kind of thing) in their backyard and when I walk by their house I've seen shell casings floating in the water. Scares the shit out of me whenever I see him rolling by in his Escalade.

    MS-13 is also big down here... they cross at our border.. Border Patrol caught a small army of the fuckers a few years ago.

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