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The 38th Street Gang is a Mexican-American street gang that was founded in Los Angeles, California in the early 1920s. The gang was formed at the border of South Central LA and Vernon, and its existence dated back to the pachucos and zoot suits. In prison, 38th Street Gang members were held in high esteem, as they sought to lead the chicano community in the fight against prejudice, racism, and the establishment. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the city of Los Angeles went so far as to close the roads around 38th Street to prevent people from buying narcotics from the gang. The gang would ally with the Mexican Mafia and the Surenos, while it was rivals with the Bloods, MS-13, Varrio Nuevo Estrada, White Fence, and Florencia 13.

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