El Salvador Fears Ties Between Cartels, Street Gangs

News & Features Jason Beaubien · ·
"Selling drugs is for the benefit of everyone," says a leader of the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS, gang in San Salvador's La Victoria neighborhood. "If someone sells drugs, it's because of all the needs of everyone in the community. There are colleagues who don't have a mother or anything, and only the gang helps them — no one else."