Menace of Destruction

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Menace of Destruction
Founded 1988
Founding location Fresno, California, United States
Years active 1988 - Present
Territory California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Alaska, Washington,[1] Oklahoma[2]
Ethnicity Predominantly Hmong
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, robbery, assault, burglary, kidnapping, theft and homicide.

The first generation Masters of Destruction or the younger generation of "Menace of Destruction" or M.O.D. for short, is a Hmong street gang active in California and the Midwestern United States. They have been known for trafficking illegal drugs (especially methamphetamine) and weapons. The gang can also be identified with its number affiliation "301".[3]



Menace of Destruction members tend to use the color red for clothing.[4]


Milwaukee County[edit]

Fifteen members of the Menace of Destruction gang were charged for various crimes during the year of 2004 through 2009 in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. They were all charged with 18 counts altogether, including racketeering, aggravated battery while armed, burglary, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to harbor a felon and perjury. During the years between 2004 and 2009, M.O.D. and other Hmong gangs were involved in a turf war with each other, which resulted in more than 120 shootings in the area.[4]


In February 2005, members of the Menace of Destruction were involved in a shooting attack on a group of Tibetan Americans that left two people, a Tibetan and a Cambodian American, dead and four others wounded outside a pool hall in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. The Tibetans were mistakenly thought to be members of a rival gang, and the two groups engaged into a fistfight. The fistfight escalated to bottles and other objects being thrown at each parties, and then multiple M.O.D. members retrieved firearms from their cars and opened fire at the Tibetans. Two men were arrested and convicted of first-degree murder, and six other gang members were convicted of lesser offenses.[1][5] An MOD member was sentenced to 126 years for the shooting, and another was sentenced to 32 years.