NETAS – La Associacion Ñetas

The Neta, formally known as “La Associacion Ñetas” was founded in 1970 by offender Carlos Torres-Irriarte in the Oso Blanco Prison in Puerto Rico. Irriarte, who liked to think of himself as a “political prisoner” formed La Neta to revolt against the prison administration of Puerto Rico. The ruthless gang was responsible for causing over 50 deaths in several Puerto Rico prison riots. The organization’s founding father mandated that its members never use or deal narcotics but as the organization spread into New York and other parts of the eastern United States, the gang began to overlook the rules.

Symbols: Puerto Rican flags, colors White, Red and Black, Heart with letter “N” in middle, hand with fingers crossed, 150, La Pura Neta, N.D.C., for Neta de Corazon.
Ranking structure: Paramilitary
Territory: Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts
Members: 13,000
Racial make up: Puerto Rican, Latino
Threat: Moderate

La Neta slowly transformed itself into a criminal enterprise soon after Carlos Torres-Irriarte was brutally murdered in March 1980 by members of Grupo 27, (aka los Insectos), a violent prison gang. La Neta members retaliated by murdering the leader of Grupo 27. In 1994, La Neta leaders re organized the gangs constitution and discarded many of its original rules. Members were now required to deal narcotics for the gang and smuggle drugs into prison. Thousands of La Neta members were paroled, causing the organization to take control of the drug and prostitute trade in several New York districts. The violent gang is involved in high intensity drug dealing, fire arms and explosives trafficking, murder and robbery.

As chapters of the Neta prison gang began spreading throughout the east coast, so did the gangs rivals. In 1996, the Latin Kings began moving into Neta territory and taking control of the gang’s drug trade. Neta leaders reacted by ordering the murders of both the Latin Kings and MS-13. Today, outsiders who are caught selling drugs inside Neta territory are often targeted.

Neta is comprised of Chapter Presidents, Vice presidents, Educators, Minister of Discipline, and Soldiers. The gang follows a set of rules and regulations known as “Norms”.


In 1970, The Neta, formally known as “La Associacion Ñetas” is founded by Carlos Torres-Irriarte in the Rio Pedras Prison in Puerto Rico. . (Gang Intelligence 101)

On March 30, 1980, Neta founder Carlos Torres-Irriarte is murdered by the Grupo 27 prison gang in Puerto Rico. . (Gang Intelligence 101)

In August 1990, seven Neta members are charged with attempting to murder a correctional officer at the New Jersey State Prison. (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1994, Neta leaders established a committee called the “Junta Central” to govern the various Netas chapters in New York City. (U.S. v. Pimentel, 346 F.3d 285 (2nd Cir. 2003)

On January 9, 1995, Neta members rob and murder Galiat Santiago, a local drug dealer. (U.S. v. Pimentel, 346 F.3d 285 (2nd Cir. 2003)

On February 15, 1996, Latin Kings members brutally murder rival Netas member Anthony “Dejon” Dejesus in Connecticut. (State v. Conde, 787 A.2d 571 (Conn. App. Ct., 2001)

In 1997, Neta declares war on unauthorized Neta splinter groups in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. . (Gang Intelligence 101)

In 1998, leaders of the Netas mediate a truce between warring Neta factions.
On January 9, 1998, Neta members gun down rival Grupo 27 member Jason Gonzalez in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. (State v. Gomez, No. 2002-274-C.A (RI 5/17/2004) (RI, 2004)

On January 14, 1999, members of the MS-13 gun down rival Netas member Damien Corrente in Freeport, N.Y. (Associated Press)

In December, 1999 several Netas members, including New York leader Joanna “La Madrina” Pimentel are indicted on murder, drug trafficking and weapons violations charges. (Associated Press)

On April 2000, 16 Neta members are arrested in Manhattan by the FBI on charges of selling 14 fire arms and over 50 pounds of explosives to an undercover officer. (Associated Press)

On July 5, 2000, Latin King leader Jose “Boom Bat” Negrete recruits two rival Netas ex members, Alex Ruiz and “Kung Fu” Lou, Meidt. This sparks a war between both the Latin Kings and Netas prison gang. (Associated Press)

On July 18, 2000, several Neta members brutally murder Christopher Moore at the Industrial Area in Freeport, N.Y. (Associated Press)

On January 1, 2001, Neta members murder Giovanni Aguilar and in Freeport, N.Y, after the gang mistakenly suspects the victim is a member of the MS-13 gang. (Associated Press)

In 2003, dozens of Neta members are arrested by the FBI on charges of narcotics trafficking. (Associated Press)

On August 2004, Two Latin Kings members are arrested in the brutal slaying of Jeri Lynn Dotson , a young mother, after she witnesses them murder Neta member Alex “Alkey” Ruiz, a rival Neta, at her residence. (Associated Press)