Varrio 38th Street in South Los Angeles

Varrio South Side 38th street [Tres Ocho] is a predominately Hispanic Street gang on the eastside of South Los Angeles. It is among one of the oldest street gangs in South Los Angeles forming between 1920 and 1935 depending on various accounts.

The gang formed on 38th Street between Santa Fe Avenue (east) and Alameda Street (west) in the rancher farm community of Vernon just west off the banks of the Los Angeles River. When the City of Vernon was founded in 1905 by ranchers James Furlong, Thomas Furlong and John B. Leonis, Mexican migrants moved into the area but city officials began to convert the open farm lands into an industrial mega-center which became the home of several steel, aluminum, and glass companies. Companies such as Studebaker, Farmer John and General Mills setup in Vernon during the 1920s and 1930s providing hundreds of employment opportunities to the local residents.

As Vernon began to transform away from a farm community into an industrial town, the gang’s central location moved just west of Alameda into South Los Angeles in an area the actual street, “38th Street” does not exist.

Gang graffiti, 38th Street crossing out rival East Side Trece, 27th & Hooper, Los Angeles

Gang graffiti, 38th Street crossing out rival East Side Trece, 27th & Hooper, Los Angeles

In 1942, the Los Angeles Police department investigated the murder of José Gallardo Diaz and implicated several 38th Street members. During the early morning hours of August 2, 1942 Diaz’ dead body was found on the side of a road, with injuries consistent of being hit by a car. Investigators believed that Diaz was murdered and within days, Henry Leyvas, 20, and several 38th Street members were arrested for murder in what became known as the Sleepy Lagoon case. Nine members of 38th Street were convicted on 2nd degree murder but in 1944 the Court of Appeals reversed the convictions of all the defendants.

Racial paranoia and prejudice against Mexican immigrants had influenced the investigation whiles the District Attorney’s office and Judge Charles W. Fricke created an unfair trial for the youth. The media coverage in Los Angeles was also biased against the youth, taking the version of events that the DA’s office outline, but most of the original defendants charged in the Sleepy Lagoon case were innocent of all charges.

The territory of 38th Street is considered larger than average at 0.523 square miles stretching from Central Avenue (west) to Alameda (east) from approximately Martin Luther King Blvd (south) to 41st Street (north). The 38th Street turf also extends north to 24th Street between Compton (west) and Long Beach Avenues (east). The Alameda Swap Meet on Alameda & Vernon Avenues has been a stronghold in their turf for years.

Gang territory of Varrio 38th Street

Gang territory of Varrio 38th Street

Henry “Hank” Leyvas, an original Mexican Mafia member from the early 1960s was the first 38th Street member in the prison gang, and he grew to became an influential representative during its first decade. Other members of 38th Street also influenced the early history of the Mexican Mafia, as Leyvas sponsored and encouraged other 38th Street members into the Mexican Mafia during the 1960s which included Raul “Dopey” Montez and Ramon “Ponchi” Amado.

The large geography of 38th Street has contributed to several subclicks being formed over the years. Their clicks are:

  1. (BPR)
  2. CHBS
  3. CDLS
  4. (CAD)
  5. Chicos Bagos (CBS)
  6. Chicos Locos (CLS)
  7. Cut Downers (CDS)
  8. Dukes (DKS)
  9. EDS
  10. (FLS)
  11. Gatos Locos (GLS), Krazy Kats (KKS), Krazy Cats (KZCT, KZK)
  12. Las Locas (LAS) – female click
  13. Morgan Bagos (MBS)
  14. Midgets (MGS)
  15. Night Owls (NLS)
  16. Pee Wees Locos (PWLS)
  17. Pee Wees (PWS)
  18. South Central Locos (SCLS)
  19. Tiny Diablas (TDS)
  20. Tiny Locotes (TLS)
  21. Tiny Winos (TWS)
  22. (WLS)
  23. (WLR)

In 2004 the Los Angeles City Attorney’s filed a gang injunction against 38th Street and Judge Jane Johnson granted permanent status to the civil gang injunction in an effort to dismantle and reduce criminal activity of the gang. In 2015 it remains one of the most present street gang in the area, over shadowing even the African-American gangs that they share territory with.

In January of 2011, 53 suspected 38th Street members were indicted on narcotics and firearms charges. Varrio 38th Street became the subject of a 130-page grand jury indictment alleging violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act (United States v. Luis “Penguin” Orozco). Over 50 defendants were charged with acting on behalf of the gang and participating in murders, murder plots, attempted murders, narcotics trafficking, robberies, extortion and witness intimidation.

Rivals to 38th Street include Eastside Trece, Barrio Mohados (BMS), Ghetto Boyz (GBZ), Florencia 13, Pueblo Bloods and All For Crime Bloods.

Deceased 38th Street Members

  1. Lucio “Bad Boy” Rodarte, 40, (1969 – July 27, 2009) – shot multiple times in the head in an alley near Alondra Boulevard between Lime Avenue and Frailey Avenue
  2. Robert “Bobby” Tellas
  3. Chele
  4. Chubs –
  5. Arturo “Lil Crook” Alvarez, 34, ( – July 7, 2009) – shot in South Gate, CA
  6. Evil –
  7. Victor “Flaco” Moreno, 19, (1990 – May 14, 2009) – was shot multiple on the 1700 block of East Vernon Avenue. Florencia members Israel Lopez and Alfred Rodriguez were convicted for this murder.
  8. Eugene “Geney” Carpio (July 25, 1925 – Oct. 17, 1970)
  9. Henry “Hank” Leyvas, (Apr. 24, 1923 – July 6, 1971), was a member during the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon trial and was one of the original Mexican Mafia members during the late 1950s.
  10. Joseph “Joey” Carpio (1919 – ?), was a member during the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial in 1942.
  11. Oso – died from health complications while in a California prison
  12. Pe Pe –
  13. Midget –
  14. Efrain “Payaso / Clown” Olmos, 39, (August 16, 1970 – August 24, 2009) – shot and killed in his car by passenger in back seat at 9500 block of Bandera Street in Watts
  15. Shaggy ( – 1996)
  16. Jorge Alberto “Sharps” Garcia ( – 2010)
  17. Ruben “Smurf” Urzoa, 18, (1992 – February 7, 2010) – killed by All For Crime member
  18. Luis “Spike” Zaragoza ( – September 23, 2001) – killed by 38th Street member
  19. Suspect –
  20. Woody – shot and killed by BMS member
  21. Walter Hernandez, 23, (1984 – September 10, 2007)
  22. Mauricio ( – 2003)
  23. Rafael Martinez ( – June 27, 2000)

106 Comments for “Varrio 38th Street in South Los Angeles”

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  2. SMOKEY SSPBS13CLS

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    • witness

      your homie vago from ss38st is a ranker he used to get punk by youngsters from brown pride and south side locos in 92nd they made him say f#@$k 38st

  3. GHETTO GANGSTER 27 ST LIL LKS

    PUROV.GHETTO BOYZ 27ST LIL LOKOS f#@$k TRAMP8 ki*lah f#@$k ALL MY ENEMIGAS

  4. kid robot

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  5. evil gang rifa

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    • lasio

      That vato named (Vago ss38st) is a straight SNITCH over on 92nd and Vermont him and some RATS from a tagging crew SouthSideLocos called the cops on all kinds of hoods EK13 JM13 18ST SUR13 that vato is well known as a cop caller and theres PAPERWORK to prove it

    • CAPPSTR38ST TLS

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  6. SCHOBOYS13

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  7. kid robot

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    SS38 ST

  8. SCLPRPWS22LKS

    f#@$k TRAMPS BANG BANG LOKO PARK GANG ,WE ki*l 4 THE TRHILLS!!!!!!

  9. badboy 38

    ima add one more to the list “sniper” rest in peace died in car accident miss you homie.

  10. SAINT

    you forgot the homies RIP…. lil’ loko, loko, snaps, lil’mo, baby trouble, and silent……..
    fuk a fart….a peanut, hang out boyz,
    Big TEST’LS All Day….

    • SAINT

      ANOTHER DOWN HOMIE..RESTIN’ IN PEACE IS THE HOMIE SHYBOY…. N E BODY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT FOO WAKO AND THIS FOO EVIL FROM NLS?

      • Manuel

        Wako had a car accident then married and moved to San Bernardino back in 1999 and the homie Evil went out like a champ ki*led by the cops. May he Rest In Peace, let’s not forget
        Memo, felow’s lil brother and Nene from the NLS and big Shaggy RIP. This is Puppet from the Night Owls SS38THST.

      • XV3 PWWS

        Your homie Vago ss38st thru RAT on my homie from 18 over on 92nd/Vermont the paper work is here…give him up

    • badboy 38

      hey homie silent is he the og silent.

  11. SS29ERS

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  12. Sniper

    Homies!…Listen up..Word just came down that 2 foos from this so called varrio “hell bound” in pico union are ratas ..”informats”Also they never was given permission the used trece.Homies you know what to do.Roll them up A.S.A.P Your varrio will be blessed Gracias.They hang out Oylmpic to pico. fedora to vermont. Mucho gusto carnales..

  13. riesgo

    SS Aztlan 13 —–>76xPls

  14. snups

    I want to know if there are still around g’s from the 80’s, 90’s?
    Tito, Trouble, Bago, Shyboy, TearDrop, Pony, Goofy, Cholo, Angel, Lil Mono, Palaco2, Tiny, Loks, Sharky, La Giggles, La Pebbles, La Funny, La Chinita, La Blinky.

    Drop a line: habemusachum@live.com

  15. FK

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  16. ese_sleepy213sc

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  17. Gehes

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    FUK DA REZT…

  18. Mike

    WHATS UP WITH THE HOMIE OCHO FROM SS38 FROM THE PWS? THIS IS DROOPY FROM THE ES38ST ENANO DUKES..WAS BUSTED WITH THE HOMIE AWHILE BACK JUST WONDERING HOW THE HOMIE IS DOING

    • Estrella Ramirez

      This Estrella SS.V.LOCAS WHERE THE HOMIES FROM THAT BIG BAD 38 !?! I LOST CONTACT WITH ALL THE HOMIES ITS BEEN ABOUT 11 YEARS NOW AND sh*% IM READY TO COME HOME ! ANYBODY KNOW WHERE BIG SLEEPY AT ? SHOOT ME THE DIRECTA …

  19. Raskal

    f#@$k tramps!!torta ki*lah…big bad king blvd stoners muthaf#@$kers!!!

  20. BMS 43ST. CLS

    FUK TRAMPAS PINCHES JOTOS VALEN VERGA WE TAKING OVER PUTOS PINCHES JOTOS BMS ALL DAY

  21. VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA X3 GANG

    f#@$k Tramp Fakes EASTSIDE V”N”E STRIGHT kil#i*gG THIS FOOLS

    • SS38ST

      HOW IS THAT WHEN YOU DONT COME OUT DEM PROJECTS…GOT YOUR chick blank HOMIE COMING AND BUYING WEED FROM US ACTING LIKE A chick TALKNIG ABOUT WE DON T BEEF IT….HIT ME UP WHEN YOU COULD AFFORD RENT MONEY CUZ IS A SHAME TO LIVE IN THE PROJECTS…

  22. badboy test

    Still here !

  23. SOVER_3TRES 5CINCO ST GANG !

    VES35ST

    XXXVST

    kil#i*gG TRAMPAS !
    38K ALL DAY.

  24. LEETOE RLA OTD

    Reckless Life Allday! Only The Downest!!! LEETOE
    f#@$k: gods13 tLA dLA mre
    RIP
    SMURF
    SS 38st TLS

  25. SSVFlorenceGang! 59st

    f#@$k tramps! Florence Gang! f#@$k TortaK !
    Got off on some guys on Vernon and alemeda and knock his blank out.
    BALA from tramp8 you a bitxh knocked you out in county. Haha lame blank guys.

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