GANGLAND boldly shines a light on the darkest corners of America, where criminals live by their own laws and brutality reigns. Literally billions of dollars — and tens of thousands of lives — pass through the vast gang network, which effectively forms a shadow economy rivaling a small nation's. Unprecedented access to the inner workings of America's most feared gangs, coupled with incisive historical analysis and conversations with law enforcement specialists, paints the most accurate and compelling portrait of GANGLAND on television. You can't get closer to the truth of America's gangs without getting "jumped-in!"
In Honduras and Los Angeles, California bullets fly indiscriminately and innocent lives are lost. Thousands of miles apart, in two completely different countries, these bloody episodes would be just two more local tragedies if they weren't part of a larger pattern of coordinated violence directed by the deadly MS-13.
With an estimated 100,000 members worldwide, law enforcement now considers MS-13 the most dangerous gang in America. Also known as Mara Salvatrucha, this organization was formed in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles in the early 1980's by a group of refugees who had gained military experience during El Salvador's bloody civil war.
In Los Angeles, the Salvadorian refugees banded together to protect themselves against the Mexican street gangs that dominated the city streets. Soon, they spread across the country, establishing cliques in 42 states. But MS-13's growth didn't stop there. The gang would continue to spread its reign of terror to the place where its founding members felt most at home: Central America.
GANGLAND reveals the history, scope and activities of this ubiquitous criminal organization. See what law enforcement is doing to stem the flood of violence and contain the deadly ROOT OF ALL EVIL.