WATCH | Former MS-13 boss reveals the gang’s inner workings, rules, and tattoos

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

MS-13 has grown into one of the most feared gangs on the planet. Founded in the United States it was transported to El Salvador after convicts were deported. From there the gang grew into a beast. It is now working closely with drug cartels and terrorizes neighborhoods throughout the Americas. Now, a former high-ranking member tells us what MS-13 is really like.

Alex Sanchez was once a proud leading figure in MS-13. He became involved in the gang in the 1980s in Los Angeles and participated in its expansion. He was deported to El Salvador in 1994 along with 4,000 other Salvadorans. There, he began to recruit young members into the gang. He was involved in robberies, street fights, and carjackings, and he survived being shot four times. Sanchez decided to leave MS-13 in the mid-1990s and is now the executive director of Homies Unidos and is a violence-prevention worker and expert on gang culture.

He spoke with Business Insider about the Los Angeles Police Department, tattooing, rules and codes, media perception, and the political language used to depict the gang, such as Donald Trump's comments in 2018. Sanchez's story is profiled in the books "MS-13: The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang" and "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas."

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