Armenian Power is a mafia organization or a group of gangs which very often appears on the hotspot news headlines, breaking news and is one of the mostly discussed topics in Los Angeles.
If you’re following news broadcasts, then you have at least heard about Armenian Power gangs of Los Angeles and criminal actions organized by this grouping. For knowing more about Armenian Mafia, keep on reading the article.
Armenian Power: Exploring the Dark
Armenian Power is an Armenian American mafia organization and street gang, which is situated in Los Angeles, California.
Armenian Power is not the organization that Armenian diaspora in US are proud of. There is about 3 million Armenians living in the United States and the number of documented members of this organization is estimated about 150 and the number of associates reaches to hundreds.
Forming History and Members of the Armenian Power
The forming and history of Armenian Power is directly connected with Russian organized crime. Everything started when gang members took the parking area of mini-mall in East Hollywood and made it their headquarters.
They created atmosphere of fear, which let their power grow more and more. Already in 1997, the Armenian Power gang was doubted to be at fault for dozens of crimes and murders. The number of members in Armenian mafia is estimated about 200.
It’s rather small in comparison with other ethnic group and is the 14% of other racial ethnic group gangs. Armenian power is believed to have its tentacles throughout the world, however their “such called” center is located in Los Angeles.
Exactly this gang group, which was situated in Los Angeles, played the main role in the creation of widely known Armenian Power gang. Armenian Power is very often mistakenly considered only a street gang grouping.
However, street gang is only the outer visible layer for us. The roots of Armenian Power are much deeper. The street gangs are only the soldiers, the armed forces for more complicated criminal system called Armenian Mafia.
The members with higher authority have power on inferior ones and use them as servants for fulfilling their aims. Members for street gang group identify themselves with tattoos and typical gang clothing. In Los Angeles, you can also meet graffiti on walls indicating Armenian Power.
US-Armenian Community’s Attitude towards Armenian Mafia
Armenian Mafia is a huge criminal system which engages all spheres of this field, all ranks of people starting from street gang teenagers to the criminals with highest ranks. This is one of the reasons that make it hard to fight against this criminal organization.
Many of the members are not even known and act in extremely secret conditions, which makes even harder to track them.
Armenian mafia is rather sophisticated enterprise. Sometimes it’s even associated with a marriage of the Italian Mafia and street gangs. However, there is one essential thing, which is worth being paid attention on!
Though this criminal gang grouping has ethnic ground, US-Armenian community has always been fighting against it, shaming and not accepting this kind of criminal activities. The major ethnic gang groupings in Los Angeles are the Armenian gang groups and Latino gang groups.
The reason of this phenomenon is quite clear. The overwhelming majority of population consists exactly of these ethnic groups. Getting rid of Armenian Mafia and gang groupings is a crucial aim of US-Armenian community as well. They find that nobody is privileged, that’s why every unlawful action is to be punished and disciplined according to the constitution.
The Influence of Armenian Mafia in the World
One of the founders of Armenian Power gang, Mher Darbinyan, claimed to create it for protecting ethnic Armenian gangs from other gang groupings. They started preying on them, extorted their businesses with threats and violence.
However, they perfectly realized that they needed reliable allies for expanding their international influence. The members of Armenian Power started working actively with both Armenian and Russian Mafia.
Russian Mafia is known for its strong connections and great authority. That’s why working with Russian Mafia gave Armenian Power so many privileges. Though Armenian Power is mainly active in Los Angeles, the kingpins of Armenian Mafia are in Armenia.
The thieves in law Armenia sponsor the development of Armenian Mafia both in homeland and abroad. Armenian Mafia is in close relations with Mexican Mafia as well and is engaged in narcotics distribution. Armenian Mafia authorities always try to have their influence on lot of other spheres as well.
Very often they try to use their power for supporting various political ideas and leaders. The perfect example of political interruption was the case of Syria. In 2014 the Los Angeles Armenian criminal organization was engaged in Syrian conflict, as they were supporting Bashar Al Assad.
This fact raised mass excitement, as the support and influence of criminal organization on political affairs is unacceptable.
Latino-Armenian conflict belongs to most noisy series of murders of past years. The conflict is allegedly cooled out now, however it doesn’t stop being a widely-discussed topic. Everything started when a Latino gang (White Fence) member Jose Aguera shot to death a founder of Armenian Power Armen Silent Petrosyan.
The accident took place on May 22. 2000. Shortly after that case, there followed series of horrifying murders. The tension between these two gang groups was so high that the police officers confessed they have never seen anything like that before. In 2 months there were three murders and one attempted murder.
The series of kidnappings, murders and murder attempts started to grow day by day.
Armenian and Latino gangs belong the most powerful gangs in Los Angeles. Each of the sides has always been trying to demonstrate its strength and authority, so the conflict between these two sides was inevitable. The desire for domination lead to intolerance, misunderstanding and armed conflicts.
This mass disobedience continued up recent years. Every day a member of either Latino or Armenian gang group was stabbed, shot or kidnapped. The situation is comparably calm nowadays, however the flame of once anger hasn’t been fully faded. The officials of Los Angeles are especially watchful on these gang groupings and always keep an eye on them.