What do you get when you mix El Salvadorian street thugs with El Salvadorian trained paramilitary guerillas from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front?
Remember that name.
These are the hardest men and women I have ever seen in my life.
Before I saw these guys I actually thought that those Mexicans that were standing on the steps in Training Day were the hardest looking gang members I would ever see in my life.
If you have never heard of these guys, like I hadn't, let me put you on to them. If you have heard of them then just shake your head and pity how sheltered I am.
If you are unfortunate enough to live some place where you are being terrorized by these guys, move.
In the early 1980s civil war breaks out in El Salvador and approximately a million Salvadorian refugees make their way up to the United States over the next twelve years during which time nearly 100,000 Salvadorians are killed during their war. Most of these refugees and immigrants settled in, where else, California.
As fate would have it, the large Hispanic population in California, mostly Mexican, for whatever reason didn’t accept these Salvadorian refugees all too well and with Hispanic gangs in places like Los Angeles well established, not having someone to watch your back in a place like that is just asking to get killed.
Well these people didn’t leave El Salvador just to come to America to get killed, so they formed their own street gang, initially just to protect themselves and look out for one another, but that quickly turned into a schema to take over the world.
It just so happens that many of these refugees and immigrants had ties to a violent El Salvadorian street gang called Le Mara, and now that they were mixed in with all different kinds of Salvadorians, they quickly discovered that many of these immigrant and refugees where peasants that had been forced to join the civil war in EL Salvador and as a result had been trained in such things as using explosives, firearms and setting booby traps.
So out of a need for protection from the Hispanics that rejected them, they discovered that within their own group they had a potentially deadly combination, street thuggery and paramilitary guerilla experience.
Mara Salvatrucha was born.
Because of the unique happenstance surrounding how they formed the Mara Salvatrucha they almost immediately had access to weapons that pretty much make them as well armed as some branches of the military.
They are known for showing no fear of law enforcement. They are known for this. Known.
They booby trap their own drug houses with tripwires, grenades and mines, especially when they suspect that they are going to be raided.
Sometimes they even make beating the shit out of a law enforcement officer the pass to get accepted into the gang.
They do all the regular gang activities, breaking into people’s cribs, beating people to death, shooting people, robbing people, car jacking, extortion, selling drugs, intimidating people, raping people, you know the standard stuff.
But there real bread and butter is trafficking weapons and making sure that no one in El Salvador has to walk anywhere.
It has been estimated that 80% of the cars on the road in El Salvador was stolen from someone in the US. They can give themselves a big pat on that back for that.
For some reason they can get their hands on an over the shoulder rocker launcher easier than they can get their hands on a hand gun. They have even been known to accept handguns as payment during drug transactions.
But it doesn’t take a member of gang squad to see that there is something a little off kilter with these guys and girls.
They have tattoos all over themselves. They don’t really give too much thought about blending in with society.
And I am not just talking about tattoo tears. They put like pentagrams and other occult type shit all over their bodies.
I’m trying to tell you…
Since they have taken root in the United States thanks in part to being treated like crap by Mexican American gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha have taken root in Washington D.C., Alaska, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Canada, and Mexico.
The only thing going for us is that this super gang has a weakness.
Evidently since most of them are here illegally, big surprise, when they are caught by U.S. law enforcement officers steps are usually taken to deport their asses back to El Salvador.
That is like pouring salt on a snail.
El Salvador is known for something else besides paramilitary guerilla peasants turned tattoo covered gang members. El Salvador is also known for its Death Squads. Death Squads, whose existence is consistently denied by the El Salvadorian government, are not kind to returning Mara Salvatrucha even if they are probably driving in a car that was stolen by some pentagram wearing son-of-a-bitch in the Mara Salvatrucha.
Almost as a rule, upon returning to El Salvador they are targeted by these death squads, primarily the Sombra Negra (Black Shadow) death squad, which is largely made up of rogue cops and vigilante types that don’t particularly take too kindly to their “kind”.
Actually these death squads are about the only thing that the Mara Salvatrucha fear.
Some say it’s the reason so many of them try to leave El Salvador and come up here to the United States and terrorize us in the first place.
It’s safer up here.