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Mara Salvatrucha, known throughout Los Santos as the West Side (W/S) Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) is a predominantly Central American street gang formed in Los Santos, San Andreas during the late 1970's. The criminal gang was formed in the now-gentrified Little Seoul neighbourhood of Westside Los Santos. Criminal groups of Central American refugees were first documented by the Los Santos police in 1982. The criminal gang grew from the undocumented Central American population throughout the 1980s, and by 1988, had became an established gang in the United States. In the decades since its inception, the Mara Salvatrucha have grown from being a ragtag group of marijuana-smoking heavy metal enthusiasts into a transnational criminal enterprise.

The first community, or barrio, for Central Americans in Los Santos was formed in Little Seoul. At the time, Little Seoul was an impoverished neighbourhood of Westside Los Santos with a predominant Latino and Asian demographic. It had not yet undergone any gentrification and had a reputation for its high rates of violent gang activity. Although Little Seoul's first Salvadoran barrio was established in 1979, other similar barrios were formed elsewhere in West Los and Vinewood during the decade. The first community leaders for these barrios were refugees and economic migrants who left El Salvador during the civil war. Legal entities and other organizations were created in the communities, by Latino Americans, to help their immigrant counterparts with settling into the country. Because many of the Salvadorans in particular were refused asylum upon entering the United States, they were classified as illegal immigrants. Throughout the decade because of this, more Central Americans from the Northern Triangle nations came to the United States without any documentation.

Ethnic conflicts in the streets between Central Americans and the already established Mexican Americans quickly became commonplace. This was due to the incompatible cultural differences between the Central Americans and the Chicano sub-culture. In particular, Salvadorans were widely discriminated against by Mexican Americans through being denied local jobs, experiencing physical removals from community association centers and getting harassed while peacefully living in their neighbourhoods.


These cultural differences resulted in ethnic clashing between Central Americans and Mexican Americans over a period of several years, encompassing much of the 1980s and parts of the 1990s. Many of these clashes came in the form of street brawls and violent crimes involving edged weapons and firearms. Criminal elements within the Salvadoran community in particular, later identified as the Mara Salvatrucha Stoners by the Los Santos police, were found to be responsible for instigating much of these violent clashes.

Although the Mara Salvatrucha Stoners had originated as a criminal gang of juvenile delinquents with an interest in heavy rock music and consuming cannabis, it had morphed into a brutally vicious and violent gang by the end of the 1980s. This barbarity was borne out of their clashes with Chicanos in the streets, where they brought their experiences as insurgents in the Salvadoran Civil War with them. In the early 1990s, the Mara Salvatrucha in Los Santos fell under the leadership of a former Salvadoran Army special forces soldier, Mario Villatoro.


Mario brought his military experiences from the civil war to train and discipline the gang. This ex-military influence lead some investigators from the Los Santos police and FBI to theorize that Salvadoran state actors were responsible for the gang's early growth, although these theories have never been proven. Around the same time period, the leaders of both Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gang had a falling-out over unknown criminal matters. The resulting effect caused a bitter rivalry and street war between the two gangs that still exists today. Previously, Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street were friendly towards each other because they both allowed Central Americans to join and were largely non-discriminatory.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, hostilities in the Northern Triangle countries in Central America came to a close.


The civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala were finished and the Sandinistas defeated the American-backed government of Nicaragua. With some stabilization happening as a result, the US government began deporting convicted Central American criminals back to their countries after they finished their state prison sentences. Many of the deportees were gang members from the Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street gangs.


When these deportees returned to their countries, they formed their gangs there and rapidly rose throughout the criminal underworld. These large-scale deportations began after the Salvadoran Civil War ended in 1992. Eventually, criminals stopped being the only ones targeted by federal immigration authorities, and raids were conducted in urban communities in Los Santos. Many law-abiding illegal immigrants, who lived in the United States for several years, were deported throughout the 1990s. Prior to these waves of Central American deportations, the Northern Triangle nations did not have significant problems with gangs or organized crime. The re-building process following their civil wars and revolutions were fertile grounds for criminal gangs and other organized crime elements during the 1990s.

Mara Salvatrucha adopted its modern form during the late 1990s, when it had already spread throughout multiple districts and neighborhoods of Los Santos. The gang had also departed from San Andreas for other regions of the United States, such as the Western, Southwest and Northeast states. Central American communities around the United States began seeing Mara Salvatrucha presences, and this included power-bases in places such as Washington D.C. and East Island City, LC. The gang continued growing and becoming worse throughout Latin America, eventually expanding to Mexico by the 2000s. At this point, the gang effectively became an international criminal enterprise.


As of the early 21st century, the Mara Salvatrucha are a transnational criminal organization. They are active in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. Allegedly, they have criminal contacts in Western Europe, North Africa and as faraway as Australia. In Canada, the gang has been documented by the Toronto Police Service since 2008. The gang is said to also be criminally operating in Montreal, Quebec. Within the United States in particular, Mara Salvatrucha has lost a significant amount of influence in San Andreas over the past decade. However, they have been strengthened in the American Northeast. In particular, the police in Washington D.C., Maryland and Liberty City have had extreme difficulties with combating the gang. The gang has garnered the attention of mainstream American politics during the 2016 US federal election, as they were targeted by Donald Trump as a part of his election campaign. Calls for harsh crackdowns on the gang, especially in the East Island City neighbourhood, have came from both the general public and the Republican voter-base. These actions are supported by people who want a tough-on-crime approach to justice in the United States, but many immigration advocates and even Mara Salvatrucha itself has cautioned that these measures will make matters worse for Salvadorans living in the country.

The Mara Salvatrucha are notorious for their barbaric brutality in their diabolical personal pleasures. Its members are infamous for their usage of knives, machetes and hatchets to physically assault, murder, torture and mutilate their gangland enemies. They are feared throughout the urban and suburban areas of Los Santos for their involvement in violent sexual crimes that include sexual assaults and rapes. The gang's members have a well documented history of sexually assaulting and raping members of the general public within their homes, private businesses and other open areas.


However, some do not fear the Mara Salvatrucha but instead hate and despise it. Some gangs in Los Santos, such as the Playboy Sureños (PBS) and the Harpys (HPS), have waged street wars against the gang for the sake of weakening their influences across the city. This was allegedly ordered by incarcerated members of various prison gangs in the state, but this hasn't been proven by law enforcement authorities. Other gangs under the umbrella of the Sureños and 18th Street gang have co-operatively worked to take up former Mara Salvatrucha territories once they suffer losses as a result of these street wars.


Throughout Mexico, the Mara Salvatrucha are contracted by Mexican drug cartels as muscle for their efforts during the ongoing Mexican Drug War against the Mexican government, federal police and military. These Mara Salvatrucha members who act as muscle for the Mexican drug cartels go out of their way to be as bloody and barbaric as possible. Horror beyond what was seen in Los Santos in the 1980s and 1990s and what continues to be seen for that matter is created by Mara Salvatrucha members acting on behalf of drug cartels in Mexico.

Edited by IrCam
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Mara Salvatrucha Palomino Avenue Locos
The Palomino Avenue Locos began as the Ginger Street Stoners and originated in Little Seoul, Los Santos in the early 1980s. Neighborhood lore points towards their founding year as being 1983, but personal accounts among residents vary. The criminal group was formed by Salvadoran refugees who had recently arrived from the Salvadoran Civil War, although some other Central Americans such as Guatemalans and Nicaraguans were also in the founders circle. The clique were involved in organizing heavy metal concerts around Little Seoul and used such venues to distribute marijuana. Conversely, the revenue from selling weed was used to fund these concerts. The marijuana had been trafficked into the city from across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. Eventually, the clique began cultivating their own marijuana out of high-rise housing projects around Little Seoul.


During the late 1980s, the Ginger Street Stoners joined along with the emerging Mara Salvatrucha gang. Becoming the Palomino Avenue Locos, they were infamous for their rivalry with the 18th Street Decker Park Locos. In addition to this infamy, they had a reputation for being well organized and extremely violent. The clique's leadership had the alleged support of Mario 'Satan' Villatoro, a Salvadoran guerrilla who was an active combatant in the early 1980s. Villatoro was a Communist insurgent involved with combatting the Salvadoran Army and federal police in & around the Santa Ana area for many years. At an unknown point during the decade, he arrived in Los Santos after illegally crossing through Mexico. During his tenure as the clique's top shotcaller, he reformed the logistics of narcotics distribution while tightening the discipline among the gangbangers. He additionally fostered a culture of extreme violence, promoting brutal attacks against rival gangbangers and the general public using weapons such as knives, machetes and axes. 


The vicious culture that Mario Villatoro also enforced on the street gang included the positioning of destroyers (i.e. abandoned houses used as gang hangouts, partying spots, and torture chambers) on dead-end streets, doing recon on opposing gangs, corralling rivals (i.e. creating kill zones), scouting escape routes, and weapons management


Villatoro himself would eventually get met with such extreme violence by falling victim to a public homicide in 1998. He had been impaled in the head with an axe by a Little Seoul shopkeeper who was infuriated with his repeated extortion attempts.


Their street wars with 18th Street Decker Park Locos continued well into the 1990s, until a truce was allegedly brokered between the two gangs. This came after the several years of street fighting resulted in alarming numbers of homicides, incarcerations and deportations. During this period of turbulence, some hardened members of the Palomino Avenue Locos were deported to El Salvador and Guatemala. In cities such as San Salvador and Huehuetenango, the offshoots of the clique were started by these criminal deportees. Simultaneously, in order to avoid harsher criminal prosecution in San Andreas, gangbangers re-located to the American Northeast. In 1998, offshoots of the Palomino Locos clique were created in Bohan, Liberty City. The Baltimore police documented the Palomino Avenue Locos in 2002. Around this time, the FBI in the American Northeast began an investigation into the gang, conducting street-level surveillance within impoverished urban neighbourhoods.



Status of clique leadership
In 2005, the clique's top Los Santos shotcaller, naturalized American citizen Josue 'Lil Bandit' Zelaya was sentenced to 20 years in a San Andreas state prison for a double 2nd degree homicide that happened earlier in 2003. The clique leader had immigrated to Los Santos, San Andreas from La Union, El Salvador with his family in 1989. In 1996, he became an American citizen with his father, around the same time that he joined the Palomino Avenue Locos. At the time of the double-homicide, he was heading the clique's narcotics production & distribution activities in Los Santos.


On July 16, 2003 Zelaya gunned down two innocent members of the general public from outside of their apartment building in Mirror Park, a gentrified neighbourhood of Los Santos. He had killed the man and woman, who had recently gotten married, after mistaking them for two individuals who had ripped off his younger brother in a drug deal earlier in the year. He approached their ground-floor balcony after sunset, where he fired multiple shots through the sliding glass door. The victims, Steven Tessier and his wife Alexandra, were struck multiple times and were killed. Their pet dog was grazed by the gunfire but survived after receiving emergency veterinarian care. The killings became widely publicized in San Andreas as a whole, as the two victims had recently gotten married, had careers in public communication and had just re-located to Los Santos from Chicago. Their victimization in such a crime was seen as an abnormal phenomenon for Mirror Park. 

Zelaya was apprehended around a month later after forensic evidence and witness reports connected him to the crime. In 2005, he was convicted of his crimes and sentenced to 20 years in prison; 10 years of incarceration were attached to each individual killing. He has been locked up in the state prison system since 2005, although in 2021, he will be eligible for parole as he will have served most of his sentence.

To this day, the clique maintains leadership in the county & state correctional systems in San Andreas. Although there are shotcallers in the streets of Los Santos, the clique's higher echelons are all incarcerated. The majority of them are locked up in maximum security state prisons around San Andreas. Following the 2003 killings of Steven and Alexandra Tessier, the clique's high leadership strictly forbade street-level shotcallers from directly participating in homicides. The clique was given an order to only use lower and middle ranking gangbangers for public homicides, as Zelaya's incarceration caused a massive deficit for the clique's narcotics distribution operations in the street.


Contemporary era
The Palomino Avenue Locos are the largest clique, or set, of the Mara Salvatrucha in the United States. The clique is estimated by local & federal police to have several hundred members. These gangbangers are criminally active in Los Santos, Liberty City, Baltimore and Washington D.C. In addition to these cities, they have a presence in the state and federal prison systems. Although the clique has lost a significant amount of power and influence in Los Santos over the past 20 years, they have been strengthened in the American Northeast. 

The clique is regularly at odds with the Sureños, 18th Street gang, Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings and Trinitarios, among other American street gangs. Heavily involved with narcotics production and distribution, the clique is alleged to have criminal contacts across the United States and in Central America. Their other criminal activities include gun running, prostitution and involvement with prison criminal organizations such as the Mexican Mafia (eMe).

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The tone of this faction is of desperation and struggle. It portrays a faction or 'program' of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang and criminal organisationwhich is presently struggling to maintain and revive its cliques and its presence across the city.. While currently our main roleplay is based upon the roleplay taking place around one clique (The Palomino Locos, heavily based upon the real life Normandie Locos), as the faction develops and grows, more cliques will likely be formed. 


With that being said, we're not only portraying one MS clique, we intend to portray the organization in general, as we've done extensive research as to how the MS-13 operates in California and firmly believe that we can flawlessly pull our portrayal off.


Upon being invited to the faction, even if your character isn't an initiated member, you're liable to be CKed at any point aslong as the faction's leadership sees fit. Upon joining the faction you also accept gore perms should the need arise for the leadership to exercise them.


Any questions, concerns & the likes can be sent to @IrCam or @Garras Up


A GTA:W Wiki page detailing MS-13's history can be found here: https://wiki.gta.world/index.php/Mara_Salvatrucha_13

A page containing the Palomino Locos clique's IC history can be found here. https://wiki.gta.world/index.php/Palomino_Locos_Salvatruchas


Prospective members are encouraged to give the following guide a read, as the faction's recruitment is mainly geared towards Central American migrants and thus, atleast minimal knowledge of Central American culture is required if you wish to get far within the faction.  


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