This from Yelp: "Place smelled like piss. Once the taste of watered down rum hit my lips I was over it. The only highlight of this quick stop, seeing all the hipster kids get scared for their lives when MS-13 was grouping. Hey, if your from L.A. and kickin' it in Echo Park, you should expect this setting. Don't act like a little coño!"
This from Wikipedia: "Mara, and MS-13, and are composed mostly of Salvadorans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans.
Their activities have caught the eye of the FBI, who in September 2005 initiated wide-scale raids against suspected gang members, netting 660 arrests across the country. In the United States, the gang's strongholds have historically been in the American Southwest and West Coast states. Membership in the U.S was believed to be as many as about 50,000 as of 2005. MS-13 criminal activities include drug smuggling and sales, black market gun sales, human trafficking, auto thefts, home invasions, assaults on law enforcement officials, and contract killing.
Former gang member Brenda Paz said that MS is well structured, with multiple leaders, and that the gang's goal is to become the top gang in the United States.."
This from Mahalo: "Brenda Paz was a former member of the Mara Salvatrucha or the MS-13 street gang. In 20"02, Paz testified against the gang, providing authorities with such information as: gang organization, key members of the gang, and gang signs used by MS-13. Jumped in at age 13, Paz was killed in retaliation in 2002 at age 16."