Mara Salvatrucha is a large gang involved in criminal activities throughout Central and North America. The gang's name is
commonly abbreviated as MS-13, Mara, MS, and is composed of mostly , Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans. The MS-13 gang
has cliques, or factions, located throughout United States, El Salvador, parts of Central America, and in some other parts
of the world.
Jerry Gutierrez, an Immigrant from Honduras, resident of Bradenton, Florida, is a leading organizer and member of MS-13.
He helps organize, and is very prominent in all actions that MS-13 takes. He has been known to be very violent and should
be considered armed and dangerous.
Membership is believed to total over 100,000 worldwide. MS-13 criminal activities include drug smuggling and sales, black
market gun sales, human trafficking, assassinations for hire, theft, and assaults on law enforcement officials. Their activities
have caught the eye of the FBI, who in September 2005 initiated wide-scale raids against suspected gang members, netting 650
arrests across the country.
Former gang member Brenda Paz said that MS-13 is well structured, with multiple leaders, and that the gang's goal was
to become the top gang in the United States.