10 Most Notorious Gangs In The World

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Updated on 3 Apr, 2018 at 5:34 pm


No doubt, their group dwells under the strict laws of governments, but whatever they do is straightforward unlawful. They have set their own maxims that are followed at any cost, by every member of the fraternity. Killing, rampaging, threatening and violating the principles of law enforcement agencies are daily activities of these notorious gangs. Spread globally and working on their own terms, these groups are known as……

1. Primeiro Comando da Capital (Brazil)

Founded in 1993 by inmates of Taubate Prison in Sao Paulo, PCC is involved in several criminal activities such as prison breaks, prison riots, drug trafficking, highway robbery and etc. Brazil’s prison system is noted for its severe overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, riots, prisoner-on-prisoner violence, and systematic use of torture and ill-treatment. And according to the members of this notorious gang, these conditions make membership in a gang virtually necessary for survival.


2. 18th Street Gang (Los Angeles)

The 18th Street Gang was created in the late 1960s in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. They have been described as the most violent and aggressive street gangs in the country. The 18th Street Gang was the first Hispanic gang to break the racial membership barrier. This willingness to step across racial lines allowed rapid and unchecked growth in the gang’s membership, which was largely composed of immigrants and multi-racial youths.



3. Area Boys (Nigeria)

Area Boys (also known as Agberos) are loosely organized gangs of street children and teenagers, composed mostly of males (but with a few females), who roam the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. They extort money from passers-by, sell illegal drugs, act as informal security guards, and perform other “odd jobs” in return for compensation. Their favorite hangouts are bus stops, major highways, and markets. In broad daylight, they charge tolls on bus drivers, demand bribes from market women wanting to set up stalls for the day, patrol potential car-parking spaces and demand illegal fees from shoppers.


4. Aryan Brotherhood (California)

Formed in 1967, this notorious gang is concerned with White-Supremacy and self-protection from Black and Hispanic gangs. The AB has also used the Odinist religion to conduct gang meetings and disguise illicit business practices. Older AB members learned the American Sign Language to communicate covertly.


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5. The Bloods (Los Angeles)

Started in Los Angeles as a street gang in the 1960s, this gang spread to Texas prisons in the 1980s. Besides serving the broader purpose of neighborhood protection, The Bloods street gang originally arose as an opposing force to their rivals — The Crips. The Bloods are known to be involved in all forms of criminal activity but are mostly known for drug sales.


6. Los Zetas (Mexico)

Los Zetas is a criminal organization in Mexico dedicated mostly to the international illegal drug trade and other organized crime activities. This drug cartel was founded by a group of Mexican Army Special Forces. In many ways, these men innovated paramilitary tactics in use by organized crime today. Many agree that these men raised the bar in the Mexican criminal underworld, forcing Cardenas’ rivals to find former military soldiers of their own, just so they could compete.


7. The Crips (California)

The Crips are one of the oldest, largest and most notorious gangs in the United States. This group was founded by 15-year-old Raymond Washington along with Stanley “Tookie” Williams and Avalon Gardens resident Jimel Barnes. Like The Bloods, The Crips have no written constitution and work with extreme oddity. They have been officially labeled as a “security threat group” in prison, not a gang.


8. The Mungiki (Kenya)

Mungiki is a politico-religious group and a banned criminal organization in Kenya. The name means “A united people” or “multitude” in the Kikuyu language. The religion, which apparently originated in the late 1980s, is secretive and bears some similarity to mystery religions. Mungiki operates most extensively in Mathare, Nairobi’s second largest slum, where poverty and crime have an exceedingly high rate.


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9. Texas Syndicate (Texas)

Founded in 1978, the Texas Syndicate had about 1,000 members in prisons and jails state-wide, with many more on the outside. The Texas Syndicate remained small in California but grew into Texas after members returned to the Lone Star state after serving their time in California. This deadly gang profits off intense drug trafficking, robbery, extortion and conducting contract murders.


10. MS – 13 (Central America)

The MS13 gang, aka Mara Salvatrucha 13, is one of the most violent notorious gangs in the United States apart from being one of the most organized. Members of MS-13 typically range in age from 11 to 40 years old.  Their progressive increase in violent activities and careless disregard for the law (threats and attacks against law enforcement officials are common), has made them the most feared gang in the United States.  MS-13 criminal activities include drug smuggling, gun running, people smuggling, hits for hire, theft, drug sales, arson, and of course, strong-arming the locals.




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