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Founding locationRikers Island, NY
TerritoryNew York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington D.C., Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Georgia, Dominican Republic, St Marteen, Spain
Membership7,000-12,000 nationwide
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, weapons trafficking, assault, murder, kidnapping, robbery
AlliesThe 42 Gang
Dominicans Don't Play
Latin Kings
Vatos Locos

The Trinitarios or 3ni are a violent New York-based gang composed of Dominican Americans. The name Trinitarios comes from three main Dominican revolutionaries of the Dominican War of Independence: Duarte (Juan Pablo Duarte), Sanchez (Francisco del Rosario Sánchez), and Mella (Matías Ramón Mella).[1] The Trinitarios were established in 1989 within the New York State prison system[2] and has since spilled into the streets, with chapters in all five boroughs of New York City. Reports of Trinitario activity have also been made in several US states, Spain, and the Dominican Republic.

It is considered one of the fastest-growing gangs in New York, recruiting members from high schools local to the gang's area of activity, with the highest numbers of reports coming from Chelsea, Gramercy Park, Harlem, Inwood, the Morris Heights section of the Bronx and Washington Heights.[3] Their slogan is "Dios, Patria, y Libertad" (the official motto of the Dominican Republic), which means "God, Fatherland (or Homeland), and Liberty (or Freedom)". Their colors are red, blue, white (the colors of the Dominican Republic flag), and (most significantly) lime green.

Locations and membership[edit]

One of the largest street gangs in New York City and New Jersey. Reports of Trinitarios have been made in other states like Georgia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania. Also growing group in Maryland and Washington D.C[4] They like to wear New York Yankees and New York Jets gear.


A Trinitarios gang member in Lawrence, Massachusetts was arrested for the shooting of a 16 year old girl in Lawrence. [5]

On August 8th of 2018 several Trinitarios gang members were arrested for shooting at a house in Lawrence. Massachusetts.[6]

On June 15, 2018 A Trinitario gang member from Haverhill, Massachusetts was arrested for the murder of a rival Gangsters Disciples gang member.[7]

Detective Ruben Jimenez of Haverhill wrote that:

"The Trinitario Gang and the Gangster Disciples Gang have had an ongoing feud for the past few years," Jimenez wrote. "This feud between the rival gangs has resulted in multiple shootings across the city."[8]

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) charges[edit]

In 2011, 50 members and associates of the Bronx Trinitarios Gang (BTG) were charged with racketeering, narcotics and firearms offenses. BTG allegedly operated as a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), and 41 defendants were charged with racketeering conspiracy, related to their participation in this criminal organization, which engaged in narcotics trafficking, murder and attempted murder. These charges stem from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).[9]

Death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz[edit]

At 10:30 p.m. on June 20, 2018, in the Bronx, 15-year-old Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz left his apartment to loan a friend five dollars.[10] Five alleged members of the Trinitario gang entered the bodega at Bathgate Avenue and East 183rd Street, where they dragged Lesandro onto the sidewalk in front of the store. Video shows a man with what appeared to be machete enter the fray. The five men repeatedly stabbed Guzman-Feliz in the neck and slashed him with machetes. The teen managed to run to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, outside the hospital. Gang members admitted it was a case of mistaken identity. The mistaken-identity slaying may have been sparked by a raunchy sex video involving a gang member's niece. Gang members mistook Guzman-Feliz for a similar-looking, curly-haired teen who faces the camera prominently in a homemade sex video posted on Facebook.[11] Rapper Cardi B posted about Guzman-Feliz's death with the #justiceforjunior hashtag, which went viral on social media.[12] Graphic video of Guzman-Feliz's death also began circulating. Fifteen people have been arrested in connection with the teenager's death.[13]


  1. ^ "Drug Trafficking Organizations - New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Drug Market Analysis 2008 (UNCLASSIFIED)". Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Messing, Philip (2008-01-14). "Schools' Gang Scourge". Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  4. ^ "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment". National Gang Intelligence Center. 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Gang member held without bail in Lawrence shooting". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Alleged gang member charged with shooting at Lawrence home". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Police: Shooting part of 'gang war' in city". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Police: Shooting part of 'gang war' in city". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Trinitarios gang members arrested in New York". Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  10. ^ "'His Dream Was To Be A Police Officer:' Friends, Family Mourn Teen Fatally Stabbed In Apparent Case Of Mistaken Identity In The Bronx". 23 June 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Gang leader 'sorry' after innocent teen is butchered in street". 23 June 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ Graham Rayman; Mikey Light. "Murderous gang apologizes for brutal machete slaying of Bronx teen, victim's relative says - NY Daily News". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  13. ^ "2 more arrests in Bronx attack that killed innocent teen 'Junior'". ABC7 New York. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

Teen pushed into traffic likely killed by same subset of Trinitarios that killed ‘Junior’: NYPD

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