The Northern Structure and Nuestra Familia
The Northern Structure gang, also known as the Nortenos 14, was founded in 1984, by incarcerated northern California offenders. The gang consists of united gang members from violent northern California street gangs such as Varrio Santa Rosa Norte, Pachuco Loco, Varrio South Park, West Side Windsor, Brown Pride Norteño and several others. Northern Structure is governed by the violent Nuestra Familia prison gang which controls most of San Francisco, Castroville, Salinas, Greenfield, Petaluma, and Fremont’s narcotics trade. The gang is known for committing violent crimes such as murder, home invasions and car jacking. The Northern Structure has increased in size after the Nuestra Familia became the FBI’s #1 target in 1995.
GANG PROFILE Symbols: “N”, “14”, “XIV”, “X4”, “NORTE”, “NORTEÑO”, ENE Ranking structure: Paramilitary Territory: Northern California Alliances: Nuestra Raza, most street gangs in northern California. Members: 10,000 Racial make up: Hispanic, African-American, White, Asian, and Pacific Islander Threat: Moderate
NORTHERN STRUCTURE’S TIES WITH LA NUESTRA FAMILIA The Northern Structure is a sub group of the Nuestra Familia and carry out most of the NF’s dirty work. Nuestra Familia leaders decided to organize a structure division called “Nuestra Raza”, more commonly known as “Northern Structure”. The new branch would serve as a prospect base for those interested in joining Nuestra Familia. Northern Structure prospects would have to earn membership into NF by following the gang’s orders. Gang hits were always handed down to Northern Structure prospects and gave wanna be’s the opportunity of proving themselves to the NF. Before a sponsored prospect can qualify as a member of the NF, the offender must gain knowledge of the gang’s constitution officially known as the “XIV Bonds”. The Northern Structure became the ears of the senior Nuestra Familia and was required to deal drugs for its father hierarchy. Northern Structure sold drugs in the streets and brought in funds for ranking NF members behind bars.
NORTHERN STRUCTURE CHRONOLOGIES OF EVENTS In 1984, the Northern Structure is formed in California’s Pelican Bay prison. (Gang Intelligence 101)
In November 2002, Northern Structure members invade the Modesto, CA home of Kerry and Elizabeth MacDougall and murder their Fourteen-year-old son Daniel MacDougall in an apparent robbery.(People v. Barragan, C049845 (Cal. App. 9/17/2008)
In March 2004, Northern Structure members Ricardo Arana and Senituli Penisoni brutally murder Ortega Barnes and attempt to murder Donald Prince, Dellory Crooks and Ray Porter in East Palo Alto, California. (People v. Arana, A115257 (Cal. App. 9/22/2008)
On August 28, 2005, Northern Structure members murder Raul Ruiz. (People v. Fregoso, F050895 (Cal. App. 4/28/2008)
In May, 26, 2007, 22, Northern Structure members are arrested by FBI officials on high intensity drug trafficking charges. (Associated Press)