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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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The Flint Journal
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:31:30 -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
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:07:52 -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
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 ...
al.com (blog)
Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700

Vargas is a dangerous member of a Chicago street gang called the "Spanish Cobras" and is wanted by police for shooting a man to death in 2009. Gilberto Angel Vargas View full sizeRobin Conn / The Huntsville TimesHuntsville U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task ...
The Flint Journal
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:52:30 -0700

Leyton has said authorities believe the killing was committed in furtherance of the Spanish Cobras gang, which has operated on the city's east side. However, the girl said she was personally unaware of any gang affiliation the Burches might have. Flint ...
Homicide Watch Chicago
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:44:48 -0700

The girlfriend allegedly let the two purported Spanish Cobras into the house later that night. Watts, 53, was lying on his bed watching television with his girlfriend when Dixon and Williams came in and allegedly started hitting Watts in the head and body.
Chicago Sun-Times
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0700

Williams, a member of the Spanish Cobras, was arrested at his home on Tuesday, according to a police report. On Thursday, Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Williams held on $2 million bail for Watts' murder. Williams was on parole for a 2009 vehicular ...
The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:37:01 -0700

Pickell would not elaborate on the current case involving up to 20 homicides but he said the gang now being targeted is not Pierson Hood. Both Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and the FBI declined comment. The Spanish Cobras, an eastside gang, ...

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