San Diego has a gang problem, and it is right out in the open. Gang related violent crimes has been on the rise, and it involves a lot of shootings and ghost guns.

There has been a 129% increase in gang related shootings since January 1st of 2021 compared to the same time in 2020..

With San Diego being so close to the Mexican border, there is a lot of traffic that comes from the south, whether that be good or bad.

San Diego is a city on the west coast in California which is located immediately adjacent to the Mexico and United States border. San Diego is home to almost 1.4 million people and is the 8th most populous city in the U.S. The county has almost 3.4 million people.

Crime in San Diego

San Diego is like most major cities in the U.S, it has a bad gang problem. Due to the location of the city, Mexican Cartels can easily transport weapons and drugs across the border to supply local street gangs with supplies.

In the late 200s the gang problem was finally addressed by the city to try to stop the crime rate.

The city of San Diego planned to focus on prevention and intervention at the neighborhood level. They formed a commission to stop gangs which focused on four major components:

  1. Restore San Diego neighborhoods to pre gang infested levels, by reducing gang violence and activity.
  2. Facilitate community involvement.
  3. Prevent growth of gang activity and violence.
  4. Pursue necessary funding

With the ongoing gang violence it could be said that this initiative has not been successful.

Although there is a lot of gang violence, overall San Diego’s crime rate is relatively low compared to the rest of the United States. San Diego is actually considered to be within the top twenty safest cities in the United States.

Do not let the low crime rate fool you though, San Diego is a major port in the international illegal drug trade, with Fentanyl and Meth being its top import, which is brought in and trafficked by the infamous Sinaloa Cartel. With the cartel also comes death and human trafficking.

Drug Trafficking

San Diego’s crime and gang activity have been tied to drug trafficking for years. In the 1980s the city was the meth capital of the United States. The Hells Angels MC were the biggest player in the 60s when it came to moving meth.

As mentioned due to San Diego being so close to the Mexican border, a lot of drug trafficking happens in this region.

Meth, Heroin and marijuana in particular are ready available just south of the border. About 70% of the meth from Mexico is coming through San Diego’s ports.

Currently Fentanyl has seen a huge rise in production and trafficking, which has become a major concern for residents and law enforcement across the country. Most of the fentanyl being trafficked into the U.S. is primarily being manufactured and smuggled into the city by the Sinaloa Cartel who still move Cocaine and Meth as well.

The Cartels use street gangs as a way to move drugs onto the street level, with networks that can move it throughout the country.

List of Gangs in San Diego





•Tiny Oriental Crips
•Neighborhood Crips: (41, 45, 47)
•West Coast Crips: (20’s, 30’s)
•Deep Valley Crips
•Insane Crip Gang
•Crook Mob Gangster Crips
•Westside Crips
•Linda Vista Crips
•East Daygo/Diego Mob: (44, 46)
•Somoa 45 Crip
•Oriental Mob Crip
•Mid Valley Insane Crip
•Asian Crip
•Upside Sic


•Skyline Piru: (Meadow Brook, 69)
•SouthSide Brims/5-9 Brims
•Lincoln Park Bloods: (Hatfield, Dip, Termites)
•B Down Boys
•Krook City Bloods
•Deep Valley Bloods
•O’Farell Park Banksters/Bloods
•Emerald Hills Bloods
•Little Africa Pirus
•Asian Insane Bloods/Boys
•Parkside Piru
•Casa De Oro Bloods
•Somoa 54 Piru
•Kelly Park Piru

Asian: (Non Crip/Blood)

•Asian Boyz
•619 Tiny Rascols
•Eazy Going Posse
•Tiny Eastside Criminal
•Insane Pinoy Tribe
•Insane Diego Mobb
•Oriental Boy Soldiers
•State Side Islanders
•Oriental Killer Boys
•Easy Going Pinoys
•Bahala Na Barkada
•Bahala Na Gang
•Kaduku Boys


•Four Corners of the World (FCW)
•Syko Posse (S3P)

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