They are heavily involved in drug trafficking and are currently at war with the Mexican gang Varrios Los Aztecas over the drug trade, drug trafficking and arms trafficking in Blaine County. Weazel News also reported that a recent shootout occurred between the two gangs in the Grand Senora Desert.
Events of GTA Online
In GTA Online, the Marabunta Grande appears in certain gang attacks. The Marabunta are shown as the gang with the best weapons, as they attack with AK-47s, SMGs and even Sniper Rifles. Defeating them in five Gang Attacks within one session will result in a bounty being placed on the player's head. A threatening text message from an unknown person will appear: "You're in trouble now. Bitch!".
Events of GTA V
The Marabunta Grande appears for the first time during the mission Father/Son, where Jimmy tries to impress Michael by selling his boat to them. They, however, decide to steal it with a truck, with Jimmy still onboard. Michael and Franklin chase them on the highway, and Franklin jumps onto the boat to get Jimmy out, while Michael shoots the Marabunta Grande members on it. At some point, after Franklin and Jimmy safely return to Michael's car, the car's motor break down due to bullet damage, allowing the Marabunta Grande to get away with the boat.
They appear later in the air arms trafficking side mission where they are bringing weapons by sea and moving them out by rail, Oscar orders Trevor to destroy their containers and boats. In the ground arms trafficking side mission, the Marabunta Grande appears twice, both missions where they try to steal packages from Trevor.
Marabunta Grande members can be found in their territory of East Los Santos specifically El Burro Heights, and are also found in Vespucci Beach. They can also be found hanging out in the sewers, specifically in East Vinewood near Mirror Park, and in La Mesa, directly west of Northern Rancho. They are mostly active at night, and often seen in groups, standing on the sidewalks or sitting on porches. Marabunta Grande members are very territorial, and will attack if provoked.
Members of the Marabunta Grande can be easily identified by their full-face tattoos and bandannas on their heads, faces necks and wrists. Younger members wear modern urban apparel while the older members dress in more classic cholo-style clothing. Their dominant color is blue.
- They are based on the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13).
- "Marabuntas" are gangs originating from USA which were imported in Central American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. "Marabunta grande" means "Big Marabunta" in Spanish.
- During the Prison Break - Plane mission, Agent 14 says to the Velum pilot that three custom officers died from spider bites after opening a Marabunta Grande shipment of untaxed cocobolo wood.