Gangs in Sacramento are neither just an inner city problem, nor are they a problem of a particular race or culture. Gangs cross all ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, gender, and geographic boundaries. They bring fear and violence to neighborhoods, traffic in drugs, destroy property, involve youth in crime, and drive out businesses. Gangs pull teens away from school and home into a life of violence.
One of the scariest aspects of gang violence is it’s often indiscriminate and unpredictable. Gang members have been known to kick, punch, hit, or even kill their victims. People get hurt if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. If gangs or gang members are in your school or neighborhood, you know it.
Below is a list of the more prevalent gangs in Sacramento. This list primarily focuses on the City of Sacramento, but gangs exist in the surrounding counties as well. This list is by no means complete.
True Heights Villans
Del Paso Heights
Nogales (Street) Gangster Crips
West Gate Crips
Sons Of Samoa Crips aka “Plaza Gang” (Norwood Avenue)
A Street North Highlands
El Camino Crips (Laotian)
Pope Street Crips
South Sac Locsta’s
Blacc Boy Crip
Hillsdale North Highlands XIV
Varrio North Sacra XIV
Varrio Gardenland XIV
Del Paso Heights XIV
Valley High Pirus
Oak Park Bloods 33st
Ridezilla (a neighborhood-based gang that is made up primarily of members of the Oak Park Bloods, along with members recruited from other neighboring gangs, including the Meadowview Bloods and Valley Hi Piru’s).
According to SPD, Ridezilla is a “very, very, violent gang” and its primary activities are “homicides, attempted homicides, narcotics dealings, and assaults with deadly weapons.” Furthermore, the “rivals of Ridezilla are anyone who challenges Ridezilla,” and Ridezilla members “are very, very, often armed, and they are not afraid to use them.”
Garden Blocc Crips 21st, 24st, 29st
Valley High Crips
Power Inn Crips
Tongan Crip Gang 29st
Garden Block Norteños XIV 29st / Varrio Gardens XIV
Barrio Franklin Boys XIV
(There’s a mixed gang of bloods and crips called “G-MOBB” on the southside of sacramento and there’s also a gang called “Creek Mob (Elder Creek)”, also on the southside, but it is not known to what affiliation/color they claim, if any.)
Lincoln Village /East Side Piru
Broderick Boys XIV
Asian & Other Gangs in Sacramento:
(Not sure what side of town they claim)
Lemon Hill Posse
Viet Pride Gangsters
Insane Viet Boys
Sac Town Bad Boys
Tiny Rascals Gang
MOD Gang – Menace of Destruction – A predominantly Hmong street gang, also known as the Masters of Destruction, or occasionally, Men of Destruction. This Asian-American gang was reportedly founded in Fresno, California, in the late 1980s. MOD can be found in numerous locations across the United States, though they are arguably most active in California and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota. Hmong Nation Society (HNS) has been a bitter rival of this gang.
Barrio Pachuco Norteños
HNS – Hmong Nation Society — An Asian-American street gang that is most active in Sacramento and other Central California cities. Menace of Destruction (MOD) has been a bitter rival of this gang.
MPG – Mien Pride Gangsta — An Asian-American street gang comprised primarily of Mien (a Laotian ethnic group). They have arguably been most active in the Sacramento, California area.
SBB – Sacramento Bad Boys — An Asian-American street gang in Sacramento, California. Their gang color is usually red or burgundy. BB, and SBB Blood are a couple of other tags that are occasionally associated with this gang.
Theme or Threat
ASPECT: THICK AS BLOOD, THEBROTHERHOOD
There really is no ONE face for this group, as it consists of many different gangs, each with their own Face and structure. Belwo are a few of the faces of the Sactown gangs: