The Duarte East Side (DES) also known as the East Side Duarte (ESD) as well as the Duarte East Side Rifas (DESR), are a Mexican-American street gang located on the East Side of Duarte, a city in the San Gabriel Valley of California. The Duarte East Side are neighbors of the Du Roc Crips, a predominantly black gang who mainly feud with local Hispanic gangs.
The Duarte East Side have been active for over 30 years, with history dating back as far as the 1970s. They are East of Mountain View and South of the 210 Freeway (Foothill), around Duarte Road and Broadland Ave. The East Side Duarte fall under Sureños 13, a brand created by the Mexican Mafia also known as “La Eme” which is a notorious organize crime syndicate based in the California prison systems.
Allies & Rivals
The Duarte East Side are rivals of the Du Roc Crips and the Monrovia Nuevo Varrio. However, these three gangs were allies doing the 1970s and the 1980s. Local law enforcement contribute the fallout to the 1980s crack epidemic, similar to the gangs in South Central Los Angeles, who fallout over territorial disputes. However, by 2003, the Duarte East Side and the Du Roc Crips were engaged in a full fledge war.
Aug 9, 2006, the Duarte East Side, drove by the home of Vincent Minor, an associate of the Du Roc Crips. The East Side Duarte’s, open fire with a 9-millimeter handgun killing Michael Minor, the father of Vincent Minor. Jan 10, 2006, The Du Roc Crips retaliated by killing an innocent 22-year-old girl (Nicole Kaster). The Duarte East Side hatred for the Du Roc Crips has caused them to claim “CK” which is an acronym for “Crip Killer.”
The Duarte East Side also feud with the Monrovia Nuevo Varrio, a local Latino gang who is based in the Monrovia, region of the San Gabriel Valley. The 710 Freeway (Foothill), acts as the borderline between Duarte and the Monrovia (cities). Which means, the Duarte East Side and the Monrovia Nuevo Varrio are less than five minutes apart. Despite, having an ongoing feud, these two gangs share a common hatred for the Du Roc Crips.