History of Korean Street Gangs

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History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by thonkoboy2000 » August 24th, 2009, 4:23 pm

The first Korean street gang to appear in California was the AB. or American Burger. This gang was formed to protect Korean high school students from being assaulted by other high school ethnic gang members. This gang led to the formation of other Korean street gangs.

One of the most vicious gangs to come out of this era was the Korean Killers street gang, known as KK or K75K, which stands for Korean (year the gang was established) Killers. The use of the year by this gang was a way of identifying different sections of the gang. Another Korean gang
that appeared within the same time period was the BK, or Burger King gang. The Burger King gang was active in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. The leader of this gang was BK Sam, or Mustang Sam, who went on to become one of the most notorious Korean gang members in Los Angeles.

Three other gangs are based out of Garden Grove, California. These gangs are known as the Garden Grove Boys or the Garden Grove Koreans. The total membership of this gang is somewhere around 50. Almost all of the activities of this gang take place in Los Angeles, and the gang has an ongoing conflict with the South Bay Killers and the Wah Ching. Two newer gangs that have appeared in Garden Grove are the Korean Town Mob and the Asian Town Koreans. These gangs have created problems for the Garden Grove Boys. Many predict direct conflict will occur between these gangs sometime in the near future.

The Los Angeles Korean gangs are similar to the local Vietnamese gangs in that most members in both gangs are between 16 and 25 years old. Both gangs have token white members, and the Koreans, like their Vietnamese counterparts, are mobile and concentrate their criminal efforts against other members of the Korean community. The Korean gangs and their criminal activities are known in all the Korean communities throughout the United States.At one time respect was an important factor to all members of Korean gangs. More mature gang members came to be known as "older brothers" while youthful or newer members were referred to as "younger brothers." Respect helped the gangs maintain not only good
relationships within their own gangs but also prevented gang members from becoming overzealous. This type of relationship has created a number of problems within the Korean gangs since the late 1980s. The dilemma created by this past affinity may ultimately produce gang warfare because the younger gang members of today are far more aggressively violent than their predecessors, who were guided by the need of all members to treat each other in a civilized manner.

The West Coast Korean gangs benefit greatly from both street and invasion robberies, either home or commercial, and in all cases the crimes are well planned by gang members. Victims of these crimes are commonly known to the gang members, and the victim is usually put under surveillance by the gang in order to gather information for a period of time prior to execution of the criminal act. Once information is gathered a plan is put in place that includes strategy for escape and a contingency plan in case something goes wrong with the first plan.

The Korean gangs are also involved in the crimes of burglary, extortion, kidnapping, and auto theft. California law enforcement authorities indicate that the Korean gangs are involved in street sales of rock cocaine and other illegal narcotics including marijuana and heroin, although the gangs' major area of narcotics trafficking is the distribution of methamphetamine (ice). In one instance, a Honolulu Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation led them to Paciano Sonny Guerrero, a major dispenser of methamphetamine, who was the key figure in the introduction of methamphetamine throughout Hawaii. The inquiry also led the investigators to Korean nationals, Dae Sung Lee, who established methamphetamine trafficking in Hawaii in the mid 1980s and controlled the supply of methamphetamine into the l990s, and Ki Woon Kim, who forced Lee to flee to Korea and took over command of the methamphetamine importation business. The final results of this investigation showed that half of the drug supply of methamphetamine was produced in mainland communities such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Los Angeles, while the other half came from suppliers in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
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Re: History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by Proverbz » August 24th, 2009, 9:56 pm

koreans must love hamburgers to be naming their gangs after them LOL. burger king gang LOL i never heard of them before.

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Re: History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by thonkoboy2000 » August 24th, 2009, 10:41 pm

american burger was named after some food joint they kicked it at all the time

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Re: History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by 682 » August 24th, 2009, 11:23 pm

never heard of Burger King either. i knew of AB though.

my oldest cousin was in a small-time gang back in the early 80's and called themselves the "Korean Street Fighters" LOL. he told me they didnt really go around slanging or extorting businesses and other shit for money. all they really did was just get down with all the white boys that would start shit with them hahah

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Re: History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by shing » August 25th, 2009, 8:52 am

mustang sam is sam from KYC(korean youth center) he's some holy roller type these days. i remember he called me once in the early 90s to ask me to lay off some dudes. pretty sure he was working with the la county sheriffs on that one. who the fuck gave him my beeper number?

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Re: History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by Proverbz » August 25th, 2009, 11:13 pm

somebody should have made a gang called mcdonalds gang and war with burger king. that would've been epic!

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Re: History of Korean Street Gangs

Unread post by SB Tisoy » August 26th, 2009, 2:48 pm

That posting mentions the "South Bay Killers." They supposed to be from the Southbay area? I've never heard of them.

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