I. FORMATION OF LOS REYES
II. EARLY HISTORY & EXIT FROM OLD SCHOOL ZETAS
II. THE UP RISE & PROMINENT CREWS
- Los Pistoleros
- Los Guerreos
I. Formation of Los Reyes
Los Reyes is originated and coordinated by Edward Laresca and Mateo Espina, with leading street boss Samuel Tapia and legal face Zoe Laresca conveying messages and directing orders. With recent arrests made by the Los Santos Police Department's Major Crimes Division against street captains; Jesus Alzate and Javier Bustos for murder and drug trafficking charges alongside Junior Ortiz being imprisoned for life over murder charges, left Edward Laresca and Mateo Espina to pick up the pieces and rebuild as Los Reyes.
The aim for Los Reyes is to act as a figure head of a commission, that will have a variety of groups of like-minded Hispanic orientated gangs and groups under them. The organisation aims to create a very ruthless and notorious group of individuals and run multiple criminal underground operations such as murder, carjacking, auto theft, weapon trafficking, assault, bias crime, vandalism and drug trafficking.
II. Early History & Exit from Zetas Vieja Escuela
"Zetas Vieja Escuela" (Old School Zetas) are a faction of the once powerful Mexican cartel "Los Zetas", at one time the Zetas were known globally as the most violent and possibly the biggest cartel in Mexico. Many believe the Zetas are dead, but in reality the group has splintered into many factions, the main ones being the Vieja Escuela, Bravo Group and Noreste.
Edward Laresca, the current leader of the cell, kept heavy ties with Old School Zetas. Which eventually moved into the beginning of the operation in Los Santos, with his brother, Hugo Laresca by his side. The group slowly created a name for themselves and became one of the most prominent cartel cells ever to operate in Los Santos. With the deaths of Edward Laresca's brother and also close friend, Ignacio Laguna, it left him fighting on his own two feet. This is where he and his wife made the decision to bring one Mateo Espina and one Ethan Araujo into what was called the "Council" of the cell. This group of people are responsible for making the fundamental and operational decisions that will effect how the entire operation works.
Ethan Araujo, a gangster from Swan Lake had an army of close associates behind him. They were the muscle of the operation and did the most violent of acts in broad daylight. Mateo Espina, a business man who's financially driven for himself and Edward Laresca, had a group of like minded individuals who would do anything for the sake of keeping their money clean. With the two groups having very different outlooks on where they wanted to take the operation, this caused a "rivalry" within the cell. Mateo Espina and Ethan Araujo would butt heads on absolutely everything, which eventually turned violent. An associate of Los Pistoleros at the time was kidnapped by Los Guerrero's. He was beaten, tortured and then shot in the leg. They set him up in order to avoid trouble from the Council's table and claimed the associate had pulled the gun on them and they acted in self defense. This was an action that nearly sparked an all out war in Las Colinas.
Days, weeks and months pass, the tension not folding. Edward makes Mateo Espina his right hand man, giving the crew over to Samuel Tapia. This sets off a spiral of events that eventually leads to Ethan Araujo committing suicide in his trailer in Swan Lake. Los Guerrero's is left without its founding member, but it still continues to be one of the powerhouses of the north and even the entire city. Associates step up and pick up the responsibility they can to fill the void of Ethan Araujo's passing. The death changed the entire crews focus, it starts to become very much more organised rather than street like hoodlums. The crew is eventually taken over by a Gary Palma, a long term associate and close friend of Ethan Araujo, who's commercially minded.
The crew continued to move forward with the new leadership and the entire operation began moulding itself around the new structure. More associates were brought into the inner circle of the cell and more money was flowing in from different opportunities. The cell was making an even bigger name for themselves, but this comes at a price. When you start to climb the ladder in terms of power, people are always going to want to pull you back down. The cell started to have enemies, enemies that would eventually turn into conflicts. The cell had never been too focused on eliminating enemies, they were financially driven and striven for power.
Until one day, an incident happened in a local club between inner members of the cell and a group of Serbians that ran out of Los Santos. This caused the Council members to place a price tag on several people's heads that were there that night, the opposing group did exactly the same. This turned the streets of Los Santos into a blood bath for weeks until the two groups called the blood shed off, both sides having a huge number of casualties.
After this incident, the Los Santos Police Department showed heavy police presence around East Los Santos, especially Las Colinas, the group had already made a huge name for themselves as being violent and unpredictable. This led to the death of several inside members of the group and many more. These incidents would later be the reasoning behind the arrest of two of the organisations Captains, who now face triple homicide charges and life behind bars. This wouldn't be the end of the organisation though, it was just the beginning of an entire new era.
After receiving hardly any funding or help from across the border, the Council table was brought together to conduct a vote. They wanted to part ways from the Zeta's and become their own organisation. This would mean there would be plenty more bloodshed on both sides of the border and operations would have to be paused until the break off is under control. Since the capture and arrest of Juan Francisco Treviño Chavez for trafficking multi-kilogram quantities of marijuana and cocaine and the arrests of his two long serving Captains Javier Bustos and Jesus Alzate has push the organisation into making the rash decision of branching off into becoming their own organisation under their own set of rules.
III. Prominent Crews
- Los Pistoleros They terrorise neighbourhoods with a wide range of delinquent and criminal behaviour, including murder, carjacking, auto theft, drug trafficking, assault, bias crime and vandalism. Drug trafficking, in particular, is an especially important method by which they achieve wealth and power.
- Los Guerreros A somewhat organised and durable group of juveniles and adults -- socially allied by turf concerns, status, symbols, special dress, colours or the like that creates an atmosphere, intimidation or moral decline within the community by sponsoring violent, destructive or income-producing delinquent or criminal activity.