Azusa 13

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Founding locationSan Gabriel Valley
Years active1960's-present
Ethnicitymainly mexican-american
Criminal activitiesMurder, drug trafficking, extortion, assault, auto theft, robbery
AlliesSureños and Mexican Mafia.
RivalsNorteños, Bloods, Crips, El Monte flores, northside bolen parque , bassett duarte east side, la puente, du rock crips

Azusa 13 is a street gang based in Azusa in the eastern San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles. Started in the 1960s, it is now one of the most aggressive Sureño street gangs, currently claiming around 500 active members.


Azusa 13 claims all of Azusa; however, they are most active in southern Azusa, the Atlantis Gardens neighborhood off Alosta and Rockvale Avenues, and in areas surrounding the downtown area around Azusa Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.[1]

Criminal activities[edit]

Like many other Mexican gangs, the 13 in the name stands for the letter "M', indicating its affiliation with the Mexican Mafia.[2] The gang is known to tax drug sales in the area and funnels money to the Mexican Mafia.[2][3]

Involvement in Hate Crimes[edit]

The gang has been involved in terrorizing African American residents in Los Angeles. 51 members of the Azusa 13 street gang have been indicted and convicted since 2011 for “terrorizing” African Americans in Azusa. In 2013, Santiago “Chico” Rios, a leader of the gang, was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess, according to the Times, and his hearing impaired son, Louie “Lil Chico” Rios, was given a 10-year sentence. Both had pleaded guilty to conspiring to attack African Americans and chase them out Azusa, a gang policy established in 1992, the paper said.[4] The attacks by this gang have been described as a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Southern Poverty Law Center.[5]

Much of the racially inspired murder and mayhem was and is being directed from far away from the streets and hills of Los Angeles. As the Intelligence Report detailed in the Winter 2006 issue the powerful Mexican Mafia, a prison-based gang, had given the “green light” to the many Latino gangs it controls in Southern California to terrorize and murder black people as part of the effort to drive them out.[6]


  1. ^ "Azusa 13 Rico Civil Rights Indictment - Gang - Organized Crime". Scribd.
  2. ^ a b "Latino Gang Tried to Drive All Blacks From California City - Fox News Latino". 8 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  3. ^ Quinones, Sam (7 June 2011). "Street gang charged with terrorizing blacks in Azusa; 51 indicted -". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  4. ^ Quinones, Sam (15 January 2013). "Azusa 13 street gang leader, son sentenced to prison". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ "Latino Gang Leader Convicted in L.A. Ethnic Cleansing Campaign". Southern Poverty Law Center.
  6. ^ "Latino Gang Members in Southern California are Terrorizing and Killing Blacks". Southern Poverty Law Center.