XVIII St. ~ Los Angeles

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“The 18th Street Gang…

It is the biggest and deadliest street gang to rise from the nation’s gang capital, reshaping Los Angeles’ criminal underworld.

With as many as 20,000 members in Southern California alone, the gang called 18th Street is 20 times the size of the region’s typical gang, dwarfing even the notorious Bloods and Crips.

“We recognize them as one of the most violent street gangs and one of the most prolific in the United States,” says George Rodriguez, who until his retirement this month oversaw investigations for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

A band of unruly outcasts when it formed in the 1960s, 18th Street has become an ominous prototype. Although primarily Latino, 18th Street has broken with gang tradition, opening its ranks to comers of all races from many working-class neighborhoods in a calculated move to boost its numbers. Its primary recruitment targets: immigrant youngsters.

Wherever 18th Street surfaces, the quality of life inevitably suffers, bringing despair to residents and presenting law enforcement authorities with challenges they seem unable to conquer.

Cars are stolen, homes burglarized. On average, someone in Los Angeles County is assaulted or robbed by 18th Streeters every day. The gang has left a bloody trail of more than 100 homicides in the city of Los Angeles since 1990 — a pace three times that of many of the city’s most active gangs.

Police say 18th Street — with its tight ties to the Mexican Mafia prison gang — has become so influential in narcotics circles that it now deals directly with the Mexican and Colombian cartels. Eighteenth Street also has pioneered a disturbing trend in gangs: renting street corners — sometimes in hourly shifts — to non-gang dope peddlers, who are forced to pay “taxes.”

“They’re worse than a cancer. A cancer you can kill. These guys keep growing,” says gang expert Gabriel Kovnator of the California Youth Authority, where 18th Streeters constitute the largest group of gang members in custody.

Although 18th Street’s primary impact has been in central Los Angeles County, the gang has taken root on the Westside, the San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, the South Bay and the San Fernando Valley. Transplanted 18th Streeters also have exported their criminal ways to other states and countries.

In Utah, officials say 18th Street has arrived with a vengeance.

“Within the past two or three years, I’ve heard more and more gang cops telling me, ’18th Street, 18th Street,'” says Sgt. Ron Stallworth, the state’s top gang intelligence officer. “If these guys are here to the extent we think they are, we have to extend some very serious resources to get our ducks lined up.”

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.

“It’s just phenomenal what’s happening here [with the gang],” says Ron Weaver of the Oregon Youth Authority.

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.

“Eighteenth Street is like a many-headed hydra,” says Assistant U.S. Atty. Gregory W. Jessner, who oversees a prosecutorial task force targeting the gang.”

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Comments (52) to “XVIII St. ~ Los Angeles”

  1. 18st now in holland…
    whe have a click of 100 members…
    check me webside http://www.everyoneweb.com/18thstreet

  2. 18st is everywhere. its the revolution.
    your with us or against us.
    http://www.myspace.com/captain_dazey

  3. 18 STREET RIFA FUCK DA REST DAT CAN HANG WITH THE BEST

  4. cant fuck with the best man fuk the rest putas chavalas cant hand with us….

  5. aquiii les dejo la pagina de montreal canada puro 18 st eighteen yq putas !!

  6. H3Y WAZ UP I KNO ALOT ABOUT YALL AND MOSTLY ALL MY FAMILIA IS FROM THE BIG ONE EIGHT P3RO W3L ALRATOZ AND K33P IT UP

  7. big ups to all 18 streeters out in the world spokane on the map takin over the inland northwest SOUTHWEST DIECE OCHO HOOVER LOKOTES BIG BAD 18

  8. PURO UNO OCHO GANG TORONTO CANADA SUREÑOS XV3:.

  9. XVIII is here taking Eastern Oregon. If you cant hang with the best, get ready to get fucked like the rest. XVIII 4 life putas

  10. so i jus wanna ask..
    does 18th St. and Sureno13 click up? or not..i’m jw. dey both work fo La Eme..

  11. E’Z UP FUCK ALL THE CHAVALAS WE WILL BE THE ONE PULLING THE TRIGGER…

  12. There’s a war going down between my brothers tonight,

    I don’t want no war going down, going down tonight.

    Stop this war

    Civilization? Ha! I call it as I see it.
    I call it bullshit, you know, I still cannot believe it
    Our evolution now,
    has gone the way of hate
    A world evolved
    resolved in this stupid fate

    Stop this war

    All so different yeah,
    I say we’re all the same
    All caught, you know,
    in the division game.
    Self destruction fast
    impending like a bullet.
    No one can stop it, once it’s fired,
    no one can control it.

    Stop this war

    A final word, wait
    it’s not a call to action
    We ain’t no sect,
    no, this ain’t no fucking faction.
    Unity, unity, unity
    you’ve heard it all before.
    This time it’s not exclusive
    we want to stop a war.

    Stop this war

    Ain’t nothing wrong with another unity song

    Stop this war

    Unity, as one stand together
    Unity, evolution’s gonna come
    Unity, as one stand together
    Unity, evolution’s gonna come
    Unity, as one stand together
    Unity, evolution’s gonna come
    Unity, as one stand together
    Unity, evolution’s gonna come

  13. DiZ SHiiT iiS WAy FUCKED UP FOREAL !

  14. ARRIBA TODOS LOS DEL UNO OCHO!!!
    ITS ALL BOUT DAT 18ST!!!
    FUCK DA REST EXCEPT DA B.E.S.T!!!

  15. E’s up to all the homies WS18ST HOOVER LOKOS ON MINE. IM CHILLING HERE IN PICO AND UNION..WEST SIDE BEST XV111 FUCK SLOBS BKAY ALL DAY

  16. The only person on here that seems educated is the one that quoted OP IVY. Everyone here should go back to school or start paying attention at school. Gangs are for people who can’t think for themselves and are destined to be losers.

  17. hey waz up! este es el CANELO del big barrio 18 west side keep it real wit da hood LA 18 RIFA

  18. “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 12:25.

    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

    Nochi tlakamej uan siuamej kipiaj manoj kuali tlakatisej, nochi san se totlatechpouiltilis uan titlatepanitalojkej, yeka moneki kuali ma timouikakaj, ma timoiknelikaj, ma timotlasojtlakaj uan ma timotlepanitakaj. Nahuatl

    \/Ì[_É|/]¯|¯ 1

  19. damet tats right keep ur head up c/s

  20. WEST SIDE FOR LIFE LOS MALDITOS CLIQUE RIFA

  21. you guys should get lives. and jobs.

  22. WS BPS1*5*8k ckity stone Bloods B1TY JUNGLEs BLACK PE STONE NATIOn C18MEXK

  23. YUP ALRIGHT HOMEBOY 18ST ALWAYS AND FOREVER SALVADOREAN PRIDE LOCOTES !! ^_^

  24. 18are in london uk now, i think theres about 40-60 of them but there could be more

  25. are in any in melbourne australia?

  26. E’z UP u pussy ass x3 surenoz aint takin ova putos fuck wit my homeboys ill take u out.

  27. Fuck any leva that try’s to fuck with us puro E LOVE BBY y que putos….:18:…..

  28. 18 the best

  29. 18st rifa is now in omaha and in mexica durango

  30. Fuck pistains n twinkies kay all day lames ass slobs can’t fuck with the Bk..EST gang we be in lockheaven n if u dnt know where it is at putos is in inglewoodk

    E’z up hoe’s down

  31. aint nothing sweeter than an 18th streeter

  32. fuck the police xvlll im a member put loco work in

  33. losers! I hope u all get locked up sooner or later and realize how much u done fucked up!

  34. fuck u ey its all about that norteno shit ey! lemme catch u foos slippin in my hood of pico y union ey! ill be waitin ey dont trip ey orale whey

  35. man u all are very unlucky…when i was 14 i hung around the wrong crowd and became part of a gang and before i joined i was already on probaton for growing and selling marijuana in large quantities, possesion of a deadly weapon, and burglary…shortly after like in less than a year i realized it was stupid and not for me so i did my best to escape unhurt…i was lucky to do so….that was one of the smartest decisions i made in my life and u all should learn from that….to make a long story short now i am almost done in my studies to become a doctor at UCLA with intentions on specializing in plastic surgery…do u really want to end up dead or in prison for the rest of your life…??..or do u want to enjoy whatever u have left now and rest assure that u wont go down that path?

  36. Fuck all them slob ass niggersk
    Puro WS DIESIOCHO GANG ese….we’re EBk YEA FOO THATS YOU
    ONE EIGHT RIFA PUTOS

  37. Ez up hoes down k-dubs in this bitch

  38. Yeaa I’m holdin it down here on deze montana native rezzez reppin da BIG BAD 18 fuck da rest EZUP all my real gz – WS XV3ST TINY WINOS Clika we takin ova

  39. thats was up big bad ass <<<>>

  40. can i ask sumthing?
    can i make a clicka here in the philippines?

  41. EZUP THE HOODE IS IN MONTANA PURE WS18ST REZDEV1LS STARTED FROM TWS AND TMS 2 RDS SNOOPY SILENT KNIGHTOWL SCRAPPY BEST XV111 FUCK ALL THE HATERS EZ UP 2 CASPER TLS GIZMO SS TDS LILBOY HOLLYWOODGS STRANGER SS KWS AND WISDOM IN HERLONG CA X8 RDS C U WEN U GET OUT

  42. 18SNOOPS X8 RDS 406AREA PUTING ONE 8 ON THE MAP FUCK 12PUSSYS BK 14K EVERY TIME WE HIT UP THE HOOD FAGS X US OUT BUT THEY ANT NO WERE 2 BE FOUND U NO HOW WE DO IT E Z UP 18ST RULES SMASHING ALL THE ENEMIES

  43. FUCK ALL THA $CRAPS AROUND HERE.
    WE IN THE “NORTH”WE$T DONT FUCK WITH OUR $IDE AND GET OUT OUR HOOD::
    WE’LL BE ROLLIN NORTH SALEM $OON BUKIN DOWN U $CRAPS TAKIN OVER

  44. ez up 2 manaikk what rez u from this is snoops in missoula mt vws 18 st tws the rez im from is browning let me no west up im in zoo town SOY DIESIOCHO PURO 8TEEN GANG BK CK 14K EZ UP 2 KNIGHTOWL THE HOMIE HERE IN ZOO ALSO XV111 406AREA REZ18STER@YAHOO.COM HOMEBOYS FROM SPOKANE GET AT ME ALSO

  45. WESTSIDE XV3 STREET 40SICKNESS XSNOOPS8 KNIGHTOWL SILENT SCRAPPY WISDOM DEVIOS GUERO SCORPION BIG CASPERT LILBOY SLEEPY FOOFY 18 DC8ST FROM TLS TWS TMDS LOS 2 406 WE R STARTEING A NEW CLICK IN MISSOULA VARRIO WS666ST BROADWAYCATS REZDEVILS EBK

  46. EZ UP 2 THE HOMEBOYS IN PORTLAND WS18ST TLS 54 AND WORMSPRINGS OR SPOOKY DUMPER TLO SHADOW AND 2 THE 1S I FORGOT

  47. PURO 18STREETERS NO MATTER WHAT SIDE ES-WS-SS-NS-CS-SC-WORLD WIDE GANG
    FUCK NORCULOS
    FUCK LATIN KAKA
    FUCK SURRATAZ
    FUCK MIERDAZ
    FUCK CRABS
    FUCK SLOBS
    FUCK HATERS

    PURO DIECIOCHO!!! WORLD WIDE EZ UP

    TO ALL MY NI666AZ

  48. Everybody’s got to die. May as well go out with guns blazing. I”m not 18th Street but I got nothing against them for living and dying how they wanna.

  49. qvo to all homies XV3 rifa

  50. More like 18th street retards.. haha.. And in the first part of the article, it says, “the most dangerous gang”.. Lies.. lol

  51. wE$t $idE lokco$ big bad 18$t gang Ezup to all thE homiE$ bK cK nK $k EbK E gang or dont bang. 253 sEattlE wsl 18st XV3st homiE

  52. Oh yeah you are so damn tight but your homie with turn on you in one second if they were ordered to. You aren’t a human being, you aren’t a god, son unos perros. Scared of you? No, because if a gang member kills me, I would die with honor unlike the gang member who killed me. Your hard working ancestors are ashamed of you because instead of bettering your people, you bring them down. Little innocent kids die because of you. So go ahead and throw up your signs. Son nada.