Border Brothers

The Border Brothers gang was founded in 1989 by Sergio Gonzalez-Martinez and others in Tijuana, Mexico. The Mexican gang spread into California in 1990 and began recruiting criminal illegal immigrants in barrios across San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno and Oakland. The gang made bitter enemies with the Mara Salvatrucha, and other northern California street gangs. In 1994, members began recruiting inside of state and federal prisons.

Tattoos: The letters BB, the number 22 (2=B), or the roman numeral XXII (22).
They also use a jaguar-shaped Aztec warrior god pictured in a burning sun.
Territory: California, Arizona, Nevada, Denver and Tijuana Mexico
Alliances: 18th Street Gang
Members: 2000+
Ethnicity: Hispanic


In Aztec mythology, Ocelotl signifies power, valor, and reckless abandon in the face of danger.

In 1989, the Border Brothers is founded in the streets of Tijuana, Mexico. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1990, the Border Brothers spreads into southern and northern California. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1993, "The Cat" Carlos quits the Border Brothers gangs and joins the Guardian Angels to help stop gang violence was once a member of the Mexican gang Border Brothers. (Associated Press)

In 1994, the Border Brothers establishes itself in the California and Arizona prison system. (Gang Intelligence 101)

March 1996, Border Patrol agents nab Border Brother gang member Eulogio Soriano-Vasquez, 30, after he attempts to smuggle narcotics across the Mexico / Arizona border. (Associated Press)

In 1998, members of the PRM (Partido Revolucionario Mexicano) assist the Tijuana, Mexico based Border Brother’s gang in a riot against the Azteca’s in a federal penitentiary. Tension erupts and both gangs attempt to settle the dispute. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In early 2005, Barrio Azteca members brutally murder a member of the rival Border Brothers gang in Mexico’s Cereso prison. (Associated Press)

In 2007, members of the Border Brothers murder Sur-13 member Ulises Pineda in Oakland, California. 90 minutes later the Sureno gang retaliates by murdering Border Brother member 32-year-old Nester Molina. (Associated Press

On April 3, 2007, members of the Border Brothers shoot and murder two Norteno gang members in Oakland, California. (Associated Press)

On May 9, 2007, four Border Brothers gang are charged in the murder of a 23-year-old pregnant woman who was walking near members of an enemy gang the suspects were trying to shoot. (Associated Press)

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