Monday 21 June 2021

A Snapshot of Honduras’ Most Powerful Street Gangs

HONDURAS-LAS-MARAS

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Figures compiled by a Honduras newspaper provide an illustration of the strongholds and scale of the country’s two most powerful street gangs, the MS13 and the Barrio 18.

Sixty percent of the country’s Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 gang members are concentrated in three sectors of San Pedro Sula, the world’s murder capital, according to figures obtained by La Prensa. Within this city, gang allegiance is split fairly evenly: an estimated 51 percent of gang members, some 1,034, belong to the MS13, while the remaining 1,001 form part of the Barrio 18 (see graph below).

- Advertisement -

MS13-HONDURAS

The rest of the Barrio 18 and MS13 gang members reside mainly in capital Tegucigalpa or in smaller cities, with the municipalities of Choloma, Danli, and El Paraiso home to both groups, according to La Prensa (see graph below).

Honduras has an estimated 116,000 gang members, including members of smaller groups like the Chirizos, West Side, and the Mara 61, reported La Prensa. Over 4,700 gang members reside in prison, according to Unicef figures.

Gang members typically start interacting with their gang at around age seven and have been integrated into the group by about age 12, reported La Prensa. In 2014, more than 500 minors were arrested, of which at least 350 were identified as members of these street-level criminal groups.

- Advertisement -

The figures compiled by La Prensa provide a snapshot of the MS13 and Barrio 18 in Honduras, demonstrating the sizable presence both gangs maintain in San Pedro Sula. Gang activity appears to be a major driver of violence in this city, which has had the highest murder rate in the word for the past four years. One factor likely contributing to the bloodshed — which is highlighted by La Prensa’s figures — is that the MS13 and Barrio 18 have roughly the same number of members in San Pedro Sula, which has probably prevented either group from gaining a firm foothold and instead fostered continual battles for territorial control.

GANG-ALLIANCE

La Prensa’s numbers also point to the significant presence of smaller gangs in Honduras. While the MS13 and Barrio 18 appear to be the dominant groups in San Pedro Sula, smaller gangs are present throughout the country, some of whom work with transnational organized crime. Members of the street gang the Chirizos, for example, reportedly started out as lookouts and drug couriers for other groups and have since evolved into a formidable threat in the city of Comayaguela with support from drug trafficking organizations that employ their services.

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows...

MOST READ

Rainy afternoons and nights this week in most of the country

QCOSTARICA - Characteristic of the rainy season, we will see rain in the afternoons and nights in the Central Valley, the entire Pacific coast,...

The “rebound” effect boosted growth in Costa Rica’s economic activity

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's economic activity registered in April 2021 a year-on-year growth of 8.8%, a figure affected by a “base” or “rebound” effect,...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Despite investigation, construction of road works by H. Solís will continue

QCOSTARICA - Five major road works under the responsibility of the H. Solís company will continue in development despite investigations for alleged corruption involving...

Bribed with cars, sexual favors and money in exchange for road works contracts

QCOSTARICA - The OIJ uncovered a big pothole on Monday when it was announced that public officials had allied with construction companies that, apparently,...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Fifth tropical wave precipitation will be heavier in the north of the country

QCOSTARICA - For this Wednesday, the arrival of the fifth tropical wave of the season is expected, thus reinforcing the rainy activity mainly to...

Vaccination commission endorses J & J vaccine, says no to Sinovac

QCOSTARICA - The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE)  - National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission - endorsed the use of Johnson and Johnson...

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.