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Sur 13 (Sureños): Prison Gang Profile

Surenos prison gang mapFor a map of prison locations and a list of gang reports, see Surenos Prison Gang Reports

The Suernos began in the 1950s, primarily in prison, as a method of protection against the dominant white inmate population.

While according to the Modesto Bee, the Norteños still outnumber Sur 13 (Sureños) 4-to-1 in central California, both gangs share similar modes of operation. Both the Norteños and Sureños operate under the direction of "shot callers," inmates who receive updates from three gang leaders controlling tier and yard security and education. There is only one shot caller for each jail. Shot callers report to supervisors in prisons across the state, especially those residing in Deuel Vocational Institution near Tracy. As the Modesto Bee notes:

" The education leader, for example, works with the rank and file for a certain amount of time each week, making sure members learn respect and gang history."

Money made on the outside, such as revenues from trafficking, is taxed and distributed to gang members behind bars, who can use the money for privileges such as books, food, and prescription drugs.

Recently, prison officials have begun attempts to reconcile differences between prison gang members by placing rivals in the same cell block, in what is known as the county's "Breaking Barriers" program. The program, according to corrections officials in the San Francisco County Jail, is proving successful. The main targets of such efforts are "drop-outs", individuals seeking release from the gang's iron grip, who are then relocated to areas of the prison and housed with other ex-members and dropouts They live in the same prison unit, share the same education classes, and attend the same therapy sessions. However, recent criticism has been raised that this may present a violation of inmates' civil rights, as forcing sometimes bitter ex-rivals into close-quarters with one another presents a significant danger. However, in the Santa Clara County Main Jail, there have been no fights reported among the 54 inmates in the program, and the program's cell unit is considered one of the quietest in the 4,600 inmate prison (6 July 2005 San Jose Mercury News).

On the street, law enforcement and immigration security officials continue to use immigration laws and deportation as a method of removing members from the country.

While most members of the Sur 13 are of Latin descent, the gang may accept members from various other ethnic backgrounds. Above all, however, respect and loyalty are highly valued. According to a recent article by the Modesto Bee, the Sureños constitution includes phrases such as, "Thou shalt earn respect" and "Kill a Norteño, win a prize."


As a prison gang, the Sur 13 (Sureños) have been reported in:

As a street gang in the United States, the Sur 13 (Surenos) exist in every major city and all states. Specifically, they have been reported in the following cities (see below for schools and international locations):

  • Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Annandale, Virginia
  • Apex, North Carolina
  • Arlington Texas
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Batttle Creek, Michigan
  • Brighton Colorado
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Carthage, Missouri
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chelsea, Michigan
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Colusa, California
  • Contra Costa County, California, where growth in youth versions of the gangs has attracted attention
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Crossville, Alabama
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Denver, Colorado, where according to user sources, a substantial population of Suernos Trece operate.
  • Detroit, Michigan - southeast and southwest Detroit
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Dodge City, Kansas (including Dodge City Highschool, where between 50 and 100 members reside, according to user sources)
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • Eagle Pass, Texas
  • Edgewater, Colorado
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Elkhart, Indiana
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Euless, Texas
  • Fennville, MI
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Frenso, California
  • Goleta, California
  • Goodna, Southwest Brisbane, Australia
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Greenvile South Carolina
  • Hanover Park, Illinois
  • Holly Springs, NC
  • Houston, Texas, where approximately 50 - 200 reside.
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho - reports of at least 50+ Surenos. Reports of rivalries with No Limit Soliders.
  • Indianapolis, where anywhere from 100 - 400 are estimated to operate, however this number is likely too low.
  • Ivanhoe, California
  • Kansas City
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Kilpatrik, Alabama
  • La Habra, California
  • Lake Worth, Florida
  • Lakewood, Florida
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Lodi, California
  • Longmont, Colorado
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Lumberton, NC
  • Lyton, Utah
  • Manatee County, Florida
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • Maywood, California
  • Memphis, TN
  • Merced, California
  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Miami, Florida
  • Midland, Texas
  • Milwaukee, WI, where thousands of Sur 13 members reside in the south side alone, according to users.
  • Minneapolis-St.Paul, in which 150 documented Surenos 13 members reside
  • Modesto, California
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New York, NY, all boroughs
  • Oakland, California
  • Ocean Springs, Mississippi - specifically St. Martin High School
  • Odem, Texas - specifically Odem High School
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Orem, Utah
  • Palm Beach, Florida
  • Polk County, FL
  • Pontiac, Michigan
  • Prince George County, Maryland
  • Provo Utah, specifically at Provost Elementary School
  • Pueblo, Colorado, currently home to about 175 members
  • Queens, New York
  • Racine, Wisconsin
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Red Springs, NC
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Reseda, California
  • Salinas Valley, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Jose, California, particularly the Willow Glen neighborhood, where the Nortenos make their stronghold, and east side king and story.
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Seattle-Tacoma, Washington
  • Springfield, Virginia
  • South Jersey, NJ
  • Stanislaus County, where approximately 700 Sureños members reside
  • Sylmar, California
  • Temecula, CA
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Union City, New Jersey
  • Woodland, CA, (Yolo County), specifically on 4th & 5th streets; Woodland and in Yolano and Donnelly circle
  • Yakima, Washington
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Washington, DC, including Wheaton, Silver Spring, Landover Hills, and Riverdale
  • West Liberty, Iowa
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Yuba City, California
The Surenos have also been reported in the following schools in the United States:
  • Clark High School, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Davis High School,Yakima Washington
  • Del Mar High School, San Jose, California
  • Dodge City Highschool, Dodge City, Kansas (between 50 and 100 members)
  • Garden City High School - Garden City, Kansas
  • Hollywood High School, Hollywood
  • Lee High School - Midland, Texas
  • Odem High School, Odem, Texas
  • Pioneer High School, Woodland, California
  • Provost Elementary School, Provo, Utah
  • Rolling Meadows High School, Chicago
  • Sprayberry High school, Marietta Georgia (32 Surenos)
  • St. Martin High School, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Internationally, Sureños have been reported in:
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
    • Colima
    • Mexico City
    • Tijuana

Rivalries reported with:

  • 18th Street gang (in Indianapolis), rivals with Krazy Locos
  • Cricle City Neighbohood Bloods - reported growing rivalry in Indianapolis
  • Crips
  • Gangster Disciples - reported rivalry in Indianapolis
  • K.A.L ( Krazy Azz Latinos) major rivals in memphis, TN, with various shootouts and 2 deaths reported.
  • Lomas 13 - Omaha, Nebraska
  • MLK, short for Mobbing Like Krazy and Makin' Life Krazy. Mobbing Like Krazy was the original meaning when beginning as a tagging crew back in the 1990s, but they quickly changed to "MANIACS LOOSING KONTROL" due to conflicts of classification between tagging crew or street gang. they They came to be known as TAGGBANGERS, and quickly adopted the crews new name "MARYLAND KRIMINALS" They are based in the Westlake area of downtown Los Angeles. (WestSide MaryLand St. Kriminals X3 WestLake Locos).

    Sur 13 and MLK have been involved in standoffs in Florida for the past few years. According to user sources, MLK is also allied with Krazy Locos, although the relationship is strictly one of business. In fact, other use sources indicate that, since a recent violent incident, MLK and Krazy Locos are now engaged in a rivalry. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, MLK was brought to the police's attention in 1998, when there were 40 to 50 documented members with ages ranging from 12 to 25. MLK "considers northern Lake Worth their turf. MLK's rivals include Sur 13, Folk Nation and the Crips" (25 November 2004 South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Krazy Locos' rivals include Southside Chicos and 18th Street.
  • Master Criminal Boyz, a street gang composed of Hispanic and Caucasian members, reported in drug retailing in Dodge City
  • Mexican Boys
  • MS-13, in Virginia
  • Norteños
  • Vice Lords - reported rivalry in Indianapolis
  • West Valley Crazy's.

Factions and/or alliances have been reported with:

  • Avenues 13
  • Brown Pride Loco (BPL) is one of Sur 13's cliques located in Southern Los Angeles, California, according to user sources. In 2005, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested a group of Surenos and Brown Pride Locos together on administrative immigration violations.
  • Alliances have been reported with Calle San Marco, a street gang reported in Solano County, California. It is estimated to have about 200 members based out of Fairfield, California, and has been known to serve as "foot soldiers" for the Mexican Mafia. Users also report that Sur-13 have served as foot soldiers for the Mexican Mafia, as well, and are aligned with the Crips. In fact, users report that Sureno members across Southern California drop their nieghborhood identification once entering prison, and simply associate as Surenos, with the hopes of rising through the ranks to become Mexican Mafia.
  • Echo Park 13
  • Good Boys Trece Surenos, dismantled in Anchorage, Alaska in 2001 after a joint investigation by Anchorage police and the FBI
  • Highland Park 13
  • Mexican Posse - one of the biggest Sureno branches in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Rebels 13
  • Sureños Trece Califas, apparently meaning "Thirteen From Southern California," and reported in at least Colorado and California
  • South Side Tréce
  • White Fence



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