Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, is one of the largest Hispanic criminal street gangs operating in the U.S. Traditionally, MS-13 consisted of loosely affiliated groups known as cliques, however, law enforcement officials have reported increased coordination of criminal activity among MS-13 cliques in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and the New York metropolitan areas. MS-13 is estimated to have between 30,000 to 50,000 members and associate members worldwide, and between 8,000 to 10,000 members residing in the U.S. MS-13 members are involved in the smuggling of illicit drugs into the U.S., primarily powdered cocaine and marijuana. MS-13 members are also involved in the transportation and distribution of drugs throughout the U.S. MS-13 members also engage in other criminal activities including alien smuggling, assault, drive-by shooting, homicide, identification theft, prostitution, robbery and weapons trafficking.
Rival include: 18th Street gang, The Rascals, and all MaraVilla Family Gangs,