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The 18th Street Gang is a largely Central American and Mexican street gang that was founded in Los Angeles, California during the 1960s. The gang started near 18th Street and Union Avenue in Los Angeles, starting as a Mexican gang. However, it became mainly Central American as it started to recruit from other ethnic groups, and it would grow to have 50,000 members in 200 sets in the United States alone. When Central American gang members were arrested in the USA, they were then deported back to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, where crime rates rose to be out-of-control, and the gang became one of the most violent gangs in the region. The 18th Street Gang became arch-rivals with the MS-13 gang. The gang would later expand to Spain, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Lebanon, Peru, the Philippines, Chile, and Ecuador, and it became one of the most violent and prolific gangs in the USA. The gang was allied with the Mexican Mafia and rivals with MS-13, the Nortenos, the Bloods, and certain sets of the Crips.

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