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Insane Cobra Nation
Founding location Chicago, Illinois
Years active 1960s - Today
Territory Chicago
Ethnicity Mostly Latino, but includes Caucasian and African Americans
Allies (certain sets) Folk Nation
Rivals People Nation (certain sets), Folk Nation (certain sets)

The 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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Capecodonline (blog)

Capecodonline (blog)
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:03:45 -0800

The next largest OC street gang would be the Almighty Vice Lord Nation, but when you add in the Almighty Saints, Four Corner Hustlers, Gangster Disciples, La Raza Nation, Latin Kings, Maniac Latin Disciples, Simon City Royals, Spanish Cobras, TAP Boyz ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:13:42 -0700

Michael Santiago told police he was a former member of the Spanish Cobras gang and that he had bought the gun from another gang member for protection after Santiago was a witness in a murder trial. "The gun was purchased off the street. It was kept ...

Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:17:26 -0800

What began to take shape was the daring plan of gang leaders incarcerated in Statesville—Fernando "Prince Fernie" Zayas from the Maniac Latin Disciples, Anibal "Tuffy C" Santiago from the Insane Spanish Cobras, and David Ayala from the Two Sixers—to ...

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 ...

The Detroit News

The Detroit News
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:34:51 -0800

Now, as a fundraiser and board member for Beat The Streets Detroit, he helps provide a resource that may keep kids from ever seeing the court system. “I used to prosecute Spanish Cobras in this neighborhood,” said Cox during a recent visit to the program.

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