Gangs are found everywhere in the world and with the thousands of different gangs, there are bound to be some groups that are more dangerous than others. With that being said, some areas of the world are home to some of the most dangerous gangs to have ever existed. The general public has always been interested in gangs and even though they are mostly feared, they generate an ample amount of curiosity.
Over time, traditional gangs have evolved into massive operations that are far more sophisticated than their past counterparts and with their vast amount of power, some gangs are incredibly influential over businesses and politicians. In order to satiate the general curiosity of the general public, below are the world’s 10 most dangerous gangs.
1. Los Zetas
Mexico is one country in the world that is renowned for its gang violence and other violent crimes that occur due to the influence of gang violence. Over the past several years, Mexico has been home to some of the most dangerous drug cartels in the world and as of 2006, over 50,000 individuals have been murdered in Mexico. The majority of the violence in this area is due to the conflicts between the Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels as they are trying to establish control over a billion dollar drug running industry.
The Sinaloa gang are known to be the more established and traditional type of gang found in Mexico, whereas the Los Zetas are the more hyper-vigilant and violent gang. They are known to assert their power by using an abundance of violence and by displaying gruesome events to the general public such as decapitating anyone who gets in their way. The Los Zetas are renowned for not having barriers in terms of who they murder, this includes politicians, police officers, innocent bystanders, and journalists.
Another aspect that makes the Los Zetas incredibly dangerous is that they are heavily armed and extremely well-trained to use the weapons that they have. As the most sophisticated and technologically advanced cartel that is currently operating in Mexico (as per the United States), the Los Zetas are easily placed on the list of the world’s 10 most dangerous gangs.
2. Sinaloa Cartel
Although the Sinaloa Cartel is a more traditional organization of gang members, this does not mean that they are any less dangerous than newer cartels such as the Los Zetas. Headed by “El Chapo” Guzman, the Sinaloa Cartel is known to be led by the most powerful drug trafficker in the entire world. Titled the “Godfather of the Drug World” by the DEA, Guzman has been named as one of the most powerful people in the world by Forbes magazine in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
This infamy has led to an abundance of speculation as to whether the Sinaloa Cartel was working with the Mexican federal police in order to eliminate other cartels that have been present in the country. Although there are many police organizations that find the Sinaloa Cartel to be the most powerful cartel in Mexico, there are other organizations that find the Los Zetas to be far more powerful. Regardless of their level of infamy, the Sinaloa Cartel is easily one of the most dangerous cartels in the world.
3. Solntsevskaya Bratva
The Solntsevskaya Bratva, commonly referred to as the Solntsevskaya Gang or the Solntsevskaya Brotherhood, are an extremely powerful gang that is based out of Moscow, Russia. As one of the most influential organized crime associations in the world, the Solntsevskaya Bratva are commonly considered to be the largest faction of the Russian Mafia.
Sergei “Mikhas” Mikhailov is the leader of the Solntsevskaya Bratva and refers to himself as a businessman, although his gang is known for their excessive violence. There have been reports that describe that the Solntsevskaya Bratva have control over several legitimate businesses in Russia and in other countries around the world. These legitimate businesses are also in contingent with the typical mafia “businesses” such as credit card fraud, drug trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, and prostitution.
Although the majority of gangs generally stay within one area, the Solntsevskaya Bratva have been known to be seen in other areas of the world including New York, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Chicago. With their immense amount of influence, the Solntsevskaya Bratva are an extremely dangerous organized crime association.
As one of the longest running gangs in the world, the Yamaguchi-Gumi has been in operation since early 1915. With its early establishment, it has quickly become the largest and most powerful gang organization in Japan. With over 55,000 members, the Yamaguchi-Gumi has some type of influence on every level of society in Japan. This particular organization is feared to such an extent that policing organizations will not arrest them and they are rarely written about in publications.
The majority of gang members in the Yamaguchi-Gumi are adorned with an ample amount of tattoos and are commonly missing parts of their pinkies and ring fingers. The reason for this being that in the event of a member making a mistake, they are punished by being forced to cut off pieces of their own fingers.
With such a large influence on society, they have inevitably become one of the wealthiest gang organizations in the entire world as they make money from a variety of different sources and industries ranging from gambling to sex trafficking.
Led by the infamous Dawood Ibrahim, D-Company is unlike the majority of criminal organizations in the world as they are known to plan and execute terrorist attacks in order to gain monetary compensation. Due to this, Ibrahim has been labeled as a global terrorist by the treasury department in the United States as he has had links to Osama bin Laden.
D-Company has been linked to a variety of terrorist attacks, including the Mumbai attacks that are the equivalent to the 9/11 attacks on the United States. With the ability to generate billions of dollars from participating in different illegal activities, D-Company is undoubtedly a dangerous criminal organization.
The Camorra is a faction of the Italian mafia and it is one of the most powerful groups within the Italian mafia. There are over 111 clans in the Camorra gang, with over 6,700 affiliated gang members. The Camorra are infamous for their numerous amount of violent attacks and they are involved with different illegal activities. Including illegal businesses, the Camorra own over 2,500 bakeries and control the milk, coffee, and fish trade in Italy.
Also known as the Maras, MS-13 is an extremely violent Hispanic gang that was created on the streets of Los Angeles, California but they have since branched out into other areas of the United States, Central America, Mexico, and Canada. The majority of MS-13 members cover their faces and bodies with numerous tattoos and they are known for their violence and their ruthless attacks for revenge. Their knack for violence is said to be due to the fact that the Sinaloa Cartel recruited them to assist with the turf wars against the Los Zetas.
8. The Big Circle Gang
The Triads have always been an issue in China and there are several different factions within the Triads, one of which being The Big Circle Gang. Founded by the Red Guards after the revolution in China, The Big Circle Gang makes the majority of their money via trafficking heroin, prostitution, extortion, and human trafficking.
9. United Bamboo
With over 10,000 members, United Bamboo is known as the most powerful Taiwanese triad. With a more traditional method of operation, the members of United Bamboo still participate in extreme violence. With a large amount of political influence, United Bamboo are able to participate in illegal activities without having to worry about prosecution.
10. Hell’s Angels
The Hell’s Angels are one of the most renowned gangs in the United States and are commonly known due to the fact that they ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles and wear jackets with the Hell’s Angels insignia. Their infamy has struck popularity amongst high fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen who has used their insignia in their designs in the past.
Although the Hell’s Angels insist that they are a simple group of motorcycle enthusiasts, they have been linked to a variety of violent crimes across the continental U.S.
There are dozens of different gangs around the world and with their different methods of operation, they all have one thing in common: violence. The above list will give you an insight on the top 10 most dangerous gangs in the world.