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Insane Spanish Cobras Nation
Founding location Chicago, Illinois
Years active 1960s - Today
Territory Chicago
Ethnicity Mostly Latino, but includes Caucasian and African Americans
Allies some Folk Nation
Rivals People Nation gangs, some Folk Nation

The Spanish Cobras are a primarily, but not exclusively, Latino gang started in Humboldt Park in Chicago during the early 1960s.[clarification needed] The Cobras are considered the second-largest Latino gang on the north and northwest side, with the Maniac Latin Disciples being the first.[citation needed] The Cobras are part of the Folk Nation;[1] symbols include the cobra, raised pitchforks, and the initials "SC";[2] and colors are black and green.

Within Chicago, the neighborhoods with the strongest Cobra presence are Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Logan Square and Kelvyn Park. They are also found in Cicero, and have a small presence in the McKinley Park area on the south side.[citation needed] They are also known to operate in other parts of Illinois, as well as Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha in Wisconsin, and Detroit and are quite large in Flint in Michigan.[3]


  1. ^ Riviello, Ralph (2009). Manual of Forensic Emergency Medicine. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 9780763744625. 
  2. ^ "Street Gangs — Chicago Based or Influenced". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "People v. Gonzalez, 663 NW 2d 499 - Mich: Court of Appeals 2003". Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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186 news items

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:13:17 -0700

The Spanish Cobras is an intergenerational gang based on the south side that has been active since the 1980s, Morales said. "Only a couple of them were Cobra gang members," Morales said of those arrested Wednesday. "But they were connected to a ...

Daily Kos

Daily Kos
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:50:13 -0700

Guglielmi said that Michael Santiago told police he was a former member of the Spanish Cobras gang and that he had purchased the gun from another gang member for protection. Guglielmi said police are in the process of tracing the weapon. After the ...

Columbia Daily Herald

Columbia Daily Herald
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:07:30 -0700

Santiago was once a member of the Spanish Cobras, the second largest Latino gang on Chicago's North Side, but he had gone straight by testifying against one of his former Cobra colleagues. “In a videotape statement the defendant said he kept the gun ...

The Flint Journal

The Flint Journal
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700

Joshua Bradburn is comforted as he cries while remembering his twin brother, Zachary, during a vigil in Flint on July 21, 2014. Bradburn, 24, was killed in a shooting at the Dawg House Bar in south Flint on July 20, 2014. "I'm mad, mad about it more ...

The Flint Journal

The Flint Journal
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0700

FLINT, MI -- Two Flint men have been arraigned on murder charges that authorities claim stem from their involvement with the Spanish Cobras gang. Reco William Burch, 19, and Samuel Joel Burch, 31, were arraigned Thursday, Aug. 7, by Flint District ...

WFTV Orlando

WFTV Orlando
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:59:28 -0800

Investigators believe the 24-year-old member of the Spanish Cobras was shot through the door of a nearby home. Investigators said they found some evidence inside the home but have not made any arrests. The Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted that ...

Inside Edition

Inside Edition
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:27:13 -0700

The boys' father, 25-year-old Michael Santiago, reportedly told police he was a former member of the Spanish Cobras gang and that he'd bought the gun illegally for protection after snitching on another gang member during a murder trial. "The gun was ...

Hour Detroit Magazine

Hour Detroit Magazine
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:27:48 -0700

Although the 46-year-old used to be an Insane Spanish Cobras gang member in Detroit, as he tells me his past, I find I'm not afraid of him. Growing up in Chicago, Jimenez's father was a Latin King, considered one of the largest and most organized ...

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