The W/S 94 Hoover Criminals Gang (NFHCG) or 9-Foe Hoover Criminals Gang, also known as the Low-Downs and formally addressed as the 94 Hoover Crips, are a predominately African-American street gang. Their base of operations is located on the West Side of East Los Santos, San Andreas. They're a sub-set under the larger Hoover Criminals Gang umbrella.
They were birthed during the late 1960s, originally known as the 94 Hoover Groovers in its earliest notion.
Jefferson became a gang hotbed during this time. As these rivalries continued, by the 1990s The Hoovers dropped their crip affiliation and formed the Criminals card, which led to them adopting the "Hoover Criminals" alias. The disenfranchisement of their Crip card is rooted from these rivalries, they did not see a need to remain under the Crip umbrella when they're constantly feuding with them. On the contrary of them renouncing their affiliation, their infrastructure remained in tact for the most part. Nothing changed drastically, they still abide by the same hierarchy, vernacular, and traditions.
Their feuds with the Neighborhood Crips or Rollin 0's is unmatched to any rivalry with any blood gang across Los Santos. Despite their notorious engagements with Neighborhood Crip factions, they often had disputes with every other card under the Crip umbrella. This hatred prompted them to adopt the "Anybody Killer(ABK)" or "Everybody Killer(EBK)" mantra.
The 94 Hoover Criminals Gang border another local street gang better known as W/S Been Paid Tray Mafia, whom occupy Figueroa & 93rd St. The Been Paid Tray Mafia group has a violent history involving drug trafficking disputes and gang-influenced shootings. Their upcoming was somewhat similar to The Hoovers except they never fell under an umbrella. They are their own entity current day, being heavily influenced by The 94 Hoover Criminals Gang. Additionally, their alliance would be known as the "Hoo-Mafia" movement. Been Paid coexists with an Asian Crip set known as Asian Boyz, there are no notable conflicts between the two neither an alliance. It's safe to assume they're on neutral terms.
W/S Been Paid Tray Mafia
The W/S Been Paid Tray Mafia(BPTM) clan originated as The 9-Tray Boys in 1987. Their primary focus started with drug trafficking but over time they expanded their horizons. The 9-Tray Boys was founded by Louis James a/k/a Louis Mafia or Mafia-L. His intentions were to form a get-money-fast group without the politics of being a street gang. Of course this turned to more as time progressed. One of the earliest affiliates, Tony Lyles a/k/a Fat Tony, was arrested in 1993 in relations to the murder of a Florencia 13(F13) member. It's believed Fat Tony took the charge for Louis Mafia in order to keep the tight-knit drug circle in tact. Their rivalry with Florencia 13 would be their most notable one as they were in a heated gang dispute over drug territory.
Ruling their Jefferson neighborhood with a strong hand in the streets during the early 2000s they adopted the name W/S Been Paid Tray Gang. This alias was brought about due to the large sums of drug money they're pulling in daily. It was estimated that they were bringing in over four thousand dollars a day, which might be a lower amount in comparison to a large scale drug trafficking organization but it was enough for what it was. This caused sporadic shootings to occur a lot more frequently. The younger Been Paid Tray Gang affiliates were a lot more ruthless and even a few didn't care for the money. This caused their rivalry with Florencia 13 to intensify, in 2004 Uriah Carr a/k/a Tank was murdered on 94th & Hoover Street outside of the Jefferson Plaza. This lead to a viscous exchange between the two congregations, eventually forcing Gang Task to get involved and open a case on the entities. This case was built up over a total of 14 years, with damning evidence and charges. This would eventually cause a joint-investigation on the two gangs.
In 2006 Johnny Gay a/k/a J-Money, age 29, was facing the death penalty for Capital Murder and six other felony charges. He was believed to be one of three shooters in the case of four downed Florencia 13 affiliates on Vermont Avenue. Johnny signed an affidavit and plead not guilty to the plethora of charges presented against him. He fought his case in front of a grand jury to his best ability. Utilizing a public defender, his resources were low at this point and it didn't work out in his favor. He was found guilty on all charges, evidence suggested this. He ended up being sentenced to 120 years in federal prison, receiving four life sentences. He will be eligible for parole after he has served 25 years. This put a dent into the Been Paid Tray Gang's infrastructure. J-Money was a middle man for their weapon pipeline, therefore the gangs activity was stagnant for the next year or two.
In 2008 gang activity began to rise spontaneously. This lead to the coalition to create an alliance with the 94 Hoover Criminals Gang, where they'd create their own gun and drug trade. This brotherhood would be more known as the "Hoo-Mafia" movement started by Roderick Mays a/k/a O.G Maybach, a key figure in the W/S H.C.G group, and Louis James a/k/a "Louis Mafia", the founder of the W/S B.P.T.G congregation. They'd often function with each other at parties and dabble in gang-induced activities.
As the pace began to pick back up and they started to indulge in street related activities, the gang took yet another loss. In 2014 Louis James a/k/a Louis Mafia was murdered outside of the Coin Laundromat located on Figueroa Street. He was shot over fourteen times and it's speculated that Florencia 13 is to blame for this slaying. The death of Louis Mafia was probably the worst one so far, everyone genuinely had love for him. This unfortunate event created a domino effect within the gangs infrastructure. Causing the faction to lose its organization and foundation. The influence of the W/S H.C.G became more prevalent in the years to come.
The death of Louis Mafia caused them to adopt the W/S Been Paid Tray Mafia alias. They added the Mafia moniker to their name to pay their respects to Louis Mafia, the founding father of their lifestyle. His presence in the gang laid down the stepping stones within their territory and paved the way for their affiliates. Although present day W/S B.P.T.M may be loosely structured, they still keep their original morals. Following the basic laws that Louis Mafia set down for them.
Today, the allegiance between the two gangs is stronger than ever. LaMarcus Boone a/k/a O.G Cinco 4 Times, another respected figure of the W/S H.C.G network, influences the tight-knit street gang heavily alongside Roderick Mays a/k/a O.G Maybach.
The main reason for them not turning "Criminals" is because of their overwhelming arrogance and lone-wolf mentality. They feel as if they don't need anyone's help when that isn't necessarily the case. Other underlying reasons are unknown to the public therefore only speculation is created.
Louis Mafia, prior to his death wanted to push the idea of gang-banging a lot further. He often times made his affiliates pledge their allegiance to the network by acts of violence. This vision would later be pushed and glorified by a seasoned member known as Tyrico "Mafia Rico" Way. There's a specific type of agenda Louis wanted to push and Tyrico is what some would refer to as, the embodiment of the gang. His activeness has played a huge part in the history of their gang. Tyrico is the nephew of LaMarcus Boone, who is his mothers, brother. LaMarcus' presence in the streets definitely impacted W/S B.P.T.M. He plays a big part in pushing the gang-banging aspect of the gang.
Present day BPTM affiliates are full fledged gang members and a lot more ruthless. Their rivalries calmed down over the years but they have good ties with the Pat Nix Gangster Crips and the Lime Hood Piru members too. Who're now defunct but they dabble in tag banging from time to time still. They 94 Hoover Criminals Gang also have subsets located outside of the city. In Las Venturas they have the 112 Hoover Criminals off shoot set. They've created a gun and drug pipeline where they traffic them across city lines. Both networks commuting through each city, they dealt with guns on a lower tier. Bringing in as many as 12 guns at a time which can be considered a small amount but it was consistent. They'd also move quarter pounds of weed and a few scripts of various pills. Anything ranging from Percocets to Valium.
This tight-knit drug network from Las Venturas and the West Side of Jefferson is still their primary source of drugs and guns. Upholding their violent stature, the Jefferson neighborhood kept its handle The Murder Mids to this day. Violence catapulted once again after the death of Louis Mafia, these string of murders lead to the 2014 indictment. Which was the reason 21 members of both congregations were indicted on murder, drug trafficking, and conspiracy charges. Which caused them to have their circle more tight-knit band of gang members. Gang members of both the 94 Hoover Criminals Gang and the Been Paid Tray Mafia represent their deeply rooted gang relations by colored bandannas, gang graffiti, gang tattoos, and sport teams.
Law enforcement today are still investigating each set and documenting their culture as a whole. Anything from their tattoos to the graffiti on the walls plastered around the neighborhood. They're still active in both neighborhoods and still following the same lifestyle.