10 Most Dangerous Gangs In The World


The most dangerous gangs in the world operate on an international scale, committing murder, producing and trafficking drugs, extorting local businesses, bribing and blackmailing politicians, running prostitution and illegal gambling operations, engaging in human trafficking, illegally dumping waste, and even running major corporations and legitimate businesses.

Some of these gangs bring in as much revenue as Fortune 500 corporations and have the same level of sophistication to match. Where they differ is the ruthless violence and intimidation tactics with which they carry out their empire building.

Here are 10 of the most dangerous gangs in the world as measured by their size, international scope, local influence, and level of violence.

10. The Mungiki


Mathare, the 2nd largest slum in Nairobi, and the heart of Mungiki operations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mungiki may consist of as many as 100,000 gang members from Kenya’s largest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. They’re viewed as both a criminal syndicate and a terrorist group, and are known for beheading anyone who stands in their way, as well as the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

The Mungiki originated as just another of the many machete-wielding ethnic gang that plague many African countries. However over the last few years, the Mungiki have managed to gather significant political and economic force through large scale recruitment and violence. In the most recent Kenyan election, the Mungiki used violence to intimidate, mounting severed heads on poles in Nairobi to scare voters.

When the Kikuyu incumbent – Mwai Kibaki – won a questionable election victory over his challenger Raila Odinga, the Mungiki started ruthlessly murdering women and children from rival ethnic groups.

While The Mungiki hold little influence outside of Kenya and its neighboring countries, the level of violence practiced by the group puts them in our top 10 list of the most dangerous gangs in the world.

9. Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC)

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PCC often targets Sau Paulo’s military police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Primeiro Comando da capital (PCC), is a notorious gang based out of Sau Paulo, Brazil. They maintain an extraordinary level of control over the local state prison system, as well as the favelas – the poor, Brazilian shanty towns notorious for their extreme poverty, violence and lawlessness.

The gang is believed to be comprised of around 6,000 dues-paying members, as well as another 140,000 prison inmates. While the gang originated in the Sau Paulo prison system (its believed to have started as a prison soccer team), the PCC now orchestrate drug deals with gangs like the Columbian FARC and Rios Red Command.

The PCC is probably most famous for bringing the city of Sao Paulo to a virtual standstill in spring of 2006 when its members simultaneously attacked banks, buses, public buildings, and prisons over a 4 day period. By the end of the chaos, 150 people were dead.

8. United Bamboo (Zhu Lien Bang)

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United Bamboo based out of Taiwan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

United Bamboo is a Taiwanese gang consisting of around 10,000 ethnic Chinese gang members and their associates. The United bamboo gang began as an assassination machine backed by Beijing during the Communist takeover of China. They used violent tactics in order to silence dissidents, though their violence is now being plied for human trafficking activities, extortion, illegal prostitution and gambling, as well as drug smuggling.

While they’re based out of Taiwan, they have influence throughout the Pacific Rim, having notoriously murdered journalists as distant as California.

7. The Hell’s Angels

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Hell’s Angel member (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the Hell’s Angels promote themselves as a group of law abiding motorcycle enthusiasts, they are perhaps the most well known and revered criminal syndicate in the United States and Canada. Although they’re largely headquartered in North America, the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club has chapters in 27 countries. The Hell’s Angels are heavily involved in drug trafficking, local drug dealing, robbery, prostitution, and extortion. They also control a large number of legitimate businesses throughout North America, especially in the nightlife industry.

The Hell’s Angels are probably most well known for their patches and jackets bearing the infamous “Winged Death Heads” logo, and their fondness for Harley Davidson motorcycles. The Hell’s Angels are classified by law enforcement as the most powerful of the “big 4” motorcycle gangs.

6. The Yakuza


Yakuza members showing off their tattoos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the Yakuza is perhaps the most influential organized crime group within their own home country, the famed Yakuza generally goes about their business with minimal violence compared to many of the gangs on this list, although they’re certainly no strangers to intimidation and murder. The largest branch of the Yakuza, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has 39,000 gang members and accounts for almost 50% of all of Japan’s gangsters.

The Yakuza have extremely close ties with high level politicians and are intertwined with everyday business in Japan. They have official corporate headquarters and business cards, and members parade around fearlessly in tinted luxury vehicles, distinctive tattoos, flashy suits, and missing fingers. The missing fingers are a result of acts of penance, where a member who has failed in some way cuts off parts to show his regret for failure. To avoid trouble, many businesses will deny access to Yakuza members with uncovered tattoos.

While the Yakuza are associated with a wide range of illegal and oftentimes violent activities, they also perform humanitarian work and generally aim to avoid civilian casualties, which allows them to continue to operate relatively openly within Japanese society.

5. Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)


MS-13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mara Salvatrucha may very well be the most dangerous gang in the United States and Central America. The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, originated in El Salvador from a posse (mamra) of El Savadorian immigrants who escaped to Southern California during the 1980s shortly after El Salvador’s bloody civil war.

Since then, MS-13 has grown as an international force, spreading throughout Central America, Mexico, and The United States, though authorities don’t believe MS-13 operates with any central leadership.

They originally gained notoriety as hired muscle for the Mexican cartels, but has since grown into a dangerous threat of its own. MS-13 members are notorious for their tattoos and unflinching willingness to use brutal violence to achieve their goals.

In a 2011 Gang Assessment, the FBI included an entire section dedicated to the MS-13, indicating that this may very well be the most dangerous gang operating in the United States at the moment. The FBI even has an entire task force dedicated to MS-13.

4. Camorra

Luigi Vollaro

Former Camorra leader Luigi Vollaro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Camorra are an extremely influential and violent faction of the Italian mafia. While the Camorra doesn’t have a centralized leadership, this only makes them more robust. The Camorra is believed to be a loose affiliation of around 111 Camorra clans, which in total have over 6,700 members.

Leading Italian mafia expert and investigative journalist Roberto Saviano believes that the Camorra are the most influential faction of the Italian mafia, based on their numbers, level of influence, economic power, and the level of violence they use in pursuit of their goals. In addition to their criminal activities, they also control a large number of legitimate businesses throughout Italy.

While the Camorra are involved in virtually every type of criminal activity imaginable, they’re especially notorious amongst locals for their extortion of local businesses. The price of not paying is often arson or death. Because of their use of bribery and violence to influence local politicians and law enforcement, Camorra clans can wield tremendous influence over the areas they control.

3. SoIntsevskaya Bratva


Hammer & Sickle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The SoIntsevskaya Bratva, also known as the SoIntsevskaya Brotherhood, is usually considered to be the largest faction of the collection of loosely organized crime syndicates known as the “Russian Mafia”.

Actual information available about the Solntsevskaya Bratva is limited. What is known however is that the groups leader and founder – Sergei “Mikhas” Mikhailov – fashions himself more businessman than mafioso. It is believed that the group controls hundreds of legitimate businesses throughout Russia and beyond. However, despite being involved heavily in legitimate business, the SoIntsevskaya Bratva have no qualms about using murder and violence to achieve business ends and eliminate competitors.

The SoIntsevskaya Bratva are also involved in virtually every aspect of the Russian underworld, and run criminal rackets running the gamut of traditional mafia activities, from prostitution, to extortion, to bribery and blackmail, to credit card fraud, human trafficking, arms dealing, stock fraud, money laundering, and even online scams and hacking.

The influence and power of the SoIntsevskaya Bratva extend well beyond Russia’s borders. This gang has powerful influence in the United States as well, particularly in Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Grand Rapids, and New York.

2. Sinaloa Cartel

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El Chapo Guzman, the notorious and charismatic leader of the Sinaloa cartel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico, the still highly influential Sinaloa cartel continues to battle with the Los Zetas and other smaller cartels for control of Mexico’s drug trade. The Sinaloa cartel is led by the notorious Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the billionaire widely considered to be the richest and most powerful drug trafficker in the entire world.

“El Chapo” (which means Shorty in Spanish) is so powerful that he’s been named to the Forbes “World’s Most Powerful People” list every year since 2009. He has also been declared the “Godfather of the Drug World” by the DEA.

Some experts considered the Sinaloa Cartel to be the most powerful cartel in Mexico, while others believe its Los Zetas. Because official numbers are nearly impossible to obtain, the only thing we know is that the Sinaloa Cartel is one of the most powerful players in the international drug trade, and will continue to wage a violent battle with the Los Zetas and Mexico’s numerous other cartels for many years to come.

1. Los Zetas

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Mexican Marines in an operation against the Los Zetas cartel. Soldiers hide their identities to avoid cartel retribution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For nearly 10 years, Mexico has become plagued by a violent drug war that has claimed over 50,000 lives. Ever since 2006 when then President Felipe Calderon declared a war on Mexico’s drug cartels, many of Mexico’s once great cities have become battlegrounds for control of the multi-billion dollar drug routes into the United States.

The turf war between the notoriously violent Los Zetas and the older Sinaloa cartel are in large part responsible for the torture and mass murders that have been regular headlines in Mexico since 2006. The Los Zetas were originally formed when a group of Mexico’s Elite Special Forces left the army to enter the lucrative drug trade by becoming hired muscle for the Gulf Cartel.

Eventually, the enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel realized that they could grab a piece of the drug pie themselves, and broke off to form the Los Zetas. These military trained assassins created a drug cartel that took the violence of the drug war to a new level, ruthlessly murdering and torturing anyone from rival gang members, suspected informants, police, politicians, journalists, and innocent citizens.

They’re now considered the most powerful, dangerous, and lucrative drug cartel in Mexico, and are likely the world’s most dangerous gang. Their influence is so strong that when their leader Heriberto Lazcano was killed in a shootout with Mexican Marines in October 2012, Los Zetas managed to steal his body from authorities, making Mexican authorities look helpless.

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  1. None of your business

    None of your business

    August 14, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Ya’ll a buncha loosers. I Used to think gangs were cool. I grew up got a job and now I realize gangs arent nothing but a bunch of uneducated group of thugs who are too lazy to find a real job.

    • FrankieViZ


      September 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

      So basically you’re just projecting yourself in other rather that encourage or inspire people with the same mentality, become a voice of hope, not a poser.

  2. king sling

    king sling

    June 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    yhaa yahh great knoledges of the most heart taking gangs of the world but i love and i fallow MS13 they are grate good good and i also want to be the member MS13 if we want to be the member of MS13 then what we have to do can you give me an information please request MS13 is the grate mara salvtruck is the light lol hahahaahahahaha

    • Sexyman


      August 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Learn to spell pendejo.

  3. Me


    January 31, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Should have put the Zika Syndicate on the list. When you scalp people who sell in your territory, you should be on the most dangerous gangs list.



      February 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      U SUCK COX

  4. Ashvir Singh

    Ashvir Singh

    January 17, 2016 at 4:13 am

    If u ask me i would prefer being in The Hell’s Angels because there’s no other brotherhood like The Hell’s Angels and Harleys are the one and only thing i love the most

  5. blows


    December 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm


  6. blows


    December 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    me .too I really really wish to join a mafia group OR yakuza!!

  7. barackbamos


    December 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    i am a godfather of all gangsters

    • pussyklilla85


      February 2, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      shut the fuck up pussy

  8. mike


    November 5, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    i would like to join los zetas

  9. No name

    No name

    October 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Its time to make the world a better place where we are all equal to make our own choices without worring about someone tryin to tell us wat we can and cannot do and to where we dont live in poverty who will stand up to get the world bacj to the older days like the old wild west era

    • leonard Aadland

      leonard Aadland

      May 13, 2016 at 1:13 am

      That’s exactly correct. 100%.

  10. Gangstanaper


    September 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I like being a gangster all my life

    • Jessie


      April 21, 2016 at 6:58 am

      What liabietrng knowledge. Give me liberty or give me death.

    • gayboy


      April 24, 2016 at 6:06 am

      I like being hay all time

    • therealgodfatherofthebloods


      May 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      You a wanna be and you only been living for 11 years.

    • Sexyman


      August 14, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Real gangsters dont post shit like that. Your a fake

  11. Unknown_user


    September 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Lol they are lucky they got guns, here in Hong Kong if you fuck with a gangster you will Probably get beat up by anything they can get their hands on and if it’s serious they will bring knifes and cut you they beat you so bad that you can’t even walk, even if you are 6’8 and buff. If you are in a gang and it’s serious you might die and they recruit teenagers and they have members up to 60000.

    • this_guy


      March 18, 2016 at 2:27 am

      lol Marines would fuck up those chinks in a heartbeat cmon now. thats why these gangs have guns so they can stand chance against armies like that.

      • charlie


        March 29, 2016 at 3:11 am

        Fuck do u know this chink will fuck u up

  12. DannyBoy


    August 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Wonder why a group like ISIS or ISIL didn’t make this list. They would have to be one of the most dangerous gangs/groups in the world. Well trained, killing machine, that’s not motivated strickly by monetary gain. Very difficult to stop a group that is motivated primarily by religious ideology. They believe they are doing God’s will.

    • Dan


      August 27, 2015 at 4:25 am

      I would say they’re more of a political/military organization than anything. They aren’t really even considered a terrorist organization by traditional standards. They’re a crude, sick, twisted ideology that’s trying to mold the Islamic world into their twisted vision. Much more of a threat to humanity than any traditional gang or terrorist organization.

    • Sammy


      October 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

      coz this article is about the most dangerous gangs and not about terrorist organizations. ISIS, AL Qaeeda, LeT would all come under terrorist organizations and not gangs.

    • CHAD


      December 6, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      ISIS is not a gang you moron!. They are war criminals or Terrorists you moron!

  13. unknown too

    unknown too

    June 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Lmao i just seen the comments…if you’re gunna reply dumb shit….dont type at all cx they can find you….uyyy

    • duce$


      July 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

      right tho lol

  14. unknown


    June 13, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I will kill ALL of them in the near future.

    • Tony


      December 24, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Re the protection, that’s kind of the suxtbet to it all, isn’t it? But I dont think it has to necessarily be a case of the American agencies being in bed with Chapo; more banal explanations like the ones I wondered would leave you at the same result: the Zetas getting inordinate attention. RE Peten, I think the most credible story remains that they campesinos were killed by the Zetas because their boss is an enemy of theirs.

  15. utsav chaudhary

    utsav chaudhary

    March 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Hey bitches I’m gonna start a new gang in india those who want to join can call on 9717436001 we soon gonna hit the streets of Delhi

    By PV’s (posinous vipers )

    • Gabe


      February 2, 2016 at 5:38 am

      Let me get in the gang bro

  16. electroman


    March 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    You forgot the USA government! Also a huge Gang

    • DannyBoy


      August 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Lmao! You ain’t lying, ‘cept they are a legal gang of thugs.

    • CHAD


      December 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      WORLDS’ DanGerous gang. Obama Crime Family..

  17. Richard


    January 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    You know what? you so stupid too want to praise and admire such sick people. They gonna burn in hell and so are you my friend….come meet our Elite Forces that makes Los Zetos look like a local street gang.

    • Brian


      February 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Why live in a ferry tale? The people behind the U.S.A government / western powers are by far the most powerful gang in the world. Not sure if that’s all bad cause man is evil but man I hate living in a fake world.
      Cognitive dissonance and educated idiots keep the status quo in place.

      • Josh Wimsatt

        Josh Wimsatt

        February 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

        well you would be right if the American government was actually a gang they are a government a gang is just a large of group of people who most of the time break the laws and just live in their own world there is a difference but I can see where you are coming from

        • Coral


          December 24, 2015 at 7:36 pm

          Yeah and only six of nine appeared, right? As far as what hpneepad, I don’t know, it’s really hard for anyone to know. So they roll the window down and all of a sudden there were bullets flying…it could be because they really thought that it was another gang and they were rolling down the windows to fire on them. Or they could have already known they were Americans and were deciding to shoot in the exact same way. It could have played out the exact same way. As far as the fact that the government magically gets better at finding perpetrators once a certain level of media exposure is reached, yeah, hard to know what to make of that. You see it a fair amount. In the most charitable of interpretations, this seems that most garden variety crimes aren’t enough to get the justice system cranking at a fraction of the rate it is capable of.

          • Cammie


            April 21, 2016 at 6:56 am

            Shoot, so that’s that one sueopsps.

      • mene19


        July 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        A “ferry” tale???? Really?

      • K


        February 6, 2016 at 7:19 am

        Just happen to look at comments on this, and just wanted to say…you get it! We are all living blind to the truth!! Media and deceptive actions are misleading us all!!! Sad!!!! Very sad!!!!!!!!!!

    • m.meena .devi 2000@gmail.come

      m.meena .devi 2000@gmail.come

      March 1, 2015 at 10:57 am

      all your gang member go to hell wee will kill you

      • utsav chaudhary

        utsav chaudhary

        March 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        Hy bitch join us

    • Shikhar kaushik

      Shikhar kaushik

      April 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      a great RPLY bro..!!

      hats off…!!!

    • yourmom


      December 5, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Huh, funny, you think that were going to hell just for being on this website, you forgot something , you are also on this site so stfu

    • raskal


      April 13, 2016 at 6:03 am

      You think your Elite Forces is all big and bad cause of the technology and weaponry? Give the Zetas the same tanks, choppers, submarines, etc. and see how big your Elite Forces are. Give them an even playing field, or swap and see how the Zetas, much less ALL drug cartels make your “Elite” Forces look limber girl scouts.

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  19. madjunky


    November 5, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    One day they will know about ,,Antivirus.



    August 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    i want to be part of the LOS ZETAS…


    • G.b


      May 22, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Why so they could run a train on you?

  21. Jerome


    May 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    please don’t come to NYC!

  22. Jerome


    May 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    To all you looses living in those f×#$ up cities, please don’t come to NYC!

    • Nidaul


      December 24, 2015 at 12:13 am

      It seems that contrary to the etsiunhastic pat on the back Calderon got from President Obama last night during a phone conversation,most of the commentary I am hearing from Mexicanos is cacophonic and typically cynical. And I don’t blame themAlthough I’m happy that these retard looking MuddaFadda’s that killed the ICE agent Zapata have been arrested (hey I thought the Zeta’s were supposed to be some sort of elite ex paramilitary group, these guys look like the day laborers down at the Home Depot), my sympathies lie with the Mexican people. Why is it that thousands of innocent Mexicano’s have been killed in this drug war and the killers operate with impunity and are hardly ever caught? Then when a US Govt official is murdered the killers are snatched up and put on display within days of the crime.I know, we all know the obvious reason, to the powers that be the average Mexicano killed is expendable and is hardly worth a half ass attempt at justice , but it still stings and reminds Mexicano’s of the realities and injustices of the Mexican system of class and social strata.Another scandalous revelation that is associated with this case is the news that the leader of these boneheads, “Piolin Zapata” was arrested and jailed in 2009 for being in the possesion of a military uniform and an automatic weapon. What ever happened over that beef and why was this idiot running around with another automatic weapon (and military uniform?) a mere two years later?How far this investigation will go is up for speculation, I think the Zetas are in for a severe spanking from all parties concerned.

      • raskal


        April 13, 2016 at 6:07 am

        Yeah those Home Depot day laborers would dismember and dicapicate your pale ass, and your whole family lol easy to talk big and bad when you’re hiding on the internet hih whitey? lol

  23. Jerome


    May 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    The evil that men do!



    August 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I love men! <<3333

  25. nitin


    June 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Awesome knowledge

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