There’s some new criminal gangs in town, or at least gangs that haven’t previously been actively tagging our neighborhoods. After seeing a pretty significant decline in MS-13 and Surenos 13 taggings lately, we’re seeing new MS-13 activity in Stonewall Park in Manassas, Mexican Mafia, Surenos 13 and South Side 13 activity in the Gainesville district, and South Side 13 and Surenos 13 activity in the Occoquan District. Unfortunately local officials haven’t been very proactive about dealing with these. This disturbing new trend is something local officials need to immediately address, particularly since this activity may be indicative of a potential for inter-gang warfare in Prince William County.
First is the previous Altmed Medical Center site on Route 234:
“Eme”, the reference to the letter “M” in Spanish is a reference to the Mexican Mafia. The Mexican Mafia acts as an umbrella organization for the various gangs that use the number thirteen in their name when gang members are in prison, and is actively engaged in a war with the Sinaloan drug cartel in Mexico over smuggling routes and drug distribution networks in Northern Mexico and the South-eastern United States, turning that into one of the most dangerous places on earth. In this photo, “eme” seems to be trying to assert dominance over MS-13 by crossing out their taggings. Such would be a prelude to more active measures to gain dominance over MS-13 which is likely to turn into open violence.
This picture, also from the Altmed site is a tag for “Surenos 13″, an MS-13 offshoot with a primarily Salvadoran membership. This six foot high tag hasn’t been disturbed, which given that Surenos 13 has been very busy in the Manassas area might indicate that Surenos 13 is now the largest and most significant local gang.
This tag, also at the Altmed site, is for a new-to-us gang, South Side 13. This gang includes Hondurans and Guatemalans along with Salvadorans and is also affiliated with the Mexian Mafia. It is an offshoot of Surenos 13.
This picture, taken at a Taco Bell at Tackett’s Mill in the Occoquan district references Surenos 13. I hadn’t heard reports of Surenos 13 in Occoquan area previously, and might indicate a turf expansion there.
This is taken at the same Taco Bell, which would indicate that there’s an alliance between an expanding Surenos 13 and South Side 13 that isn’t just a local anomaly, but may be county-wide. Since there doesn’t seem to be competition here, it might be an indicator of a level of cooperation between these two.
There is little doubt these are authentic and are not the work of “wanna-be” kids with spray paint. I haven’t included a number of photos that are pretty clearly death threats aimed at specific individuals, and other corroborating information that provides evidence that these are likely authentic.
What all of these gangs have in common is that they were formed in Southern California prisons by incarcerated illegal aliens, they are affiliated with the Mexican Mafia (now a drug cartel in their own right), and include members with extensive experience in guerilla warfare from the war in El Salvador in the 80’s. Their methods and tactics are unbelievably brutal, and members are responsible for some of the most horrific violent crimes that Prince William County has ever seen. While we may have the impression in the past that MS 13 is the only gang really worth being concerned about, these variants (Surenos 13 and South Side 13) are every bit as dangerous as the MS 13 gang that the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force has been focusing on for the past decade or so. Their success against MS 13 may be displacing members into offshoots where the NVGTF has less experience and ability to infiltrate and respond.
These taggings have to be cleaned up immediately to help prevent these violent gangs from establishing their turf, and police must start paying attention to this new threat. We as citizens have a critical role to play here, letting law enforcement know about any potential gang activity we observe, and rapidly report any gang activity or indicators we find. Our neighborhoods are ultimately our responsibility, and we are the first line of defense. By being good partners with our law enforcement agencies, we make them more effective and capable.
Keep those eyes and ears sharp, people. Your community needs you.
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