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For the neighborhood in Grand Theft Auto V, see East Los Santos (HD Universe).
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East Los Santos location

East Los Santos is a large district in the east of Los Santos, hence the name. It appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


East Los Santos has a high crime rate. Prostitutes, gang bangers and drug dealers can often be found in the area causing disturbance. East Los Santos is mostly residential but does have some popular small-time businesses and zones. The area consists of many small, single-family houses, apartments and housing projects. East Los Santos is a predominantly Mexican/Hispanic neighborhood, despite being controlled by the Ballas, and has many Mexican-themed stores. It is based on the real life district of East Los Angeles.

Events of GTA San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, East Los Santos is a stronghold for the Ballas gang, who use the area as a base to launch attacks on Grove Street Family gang members in Ganton. Conflict between the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos gangs does not occur in East Los Santos, due to the two gangs co-operating with each other. Carl Johnson and Denise Robinson meet in East Los Santos during the mission Burning Desire. Carl had set on fire some homes owned by the Los Santos Vagos, however Carl rescued Denise from the fire after hearing her cries for help.

East Los Santos is also the main setting for the final mission End of the Line. During this mission, Carl Johnson fights his way past Ballas, Los Santos Vagos, San Fierro Rifa and Russian Mafia gang members in order to reach Big Smoke, who he then kills. Frank Tenpenny then sets Smoke's Crack Palace on fire, leaving Carl having to fight his way back out of the building whilst also combating the flames. After escaping the building, which suffers a series of explosions as Carl escapes, Carl and Sweet Johnson chase Tenpenny through Ganton and other districts.

Gang control

The district is controlled by the Ballas gang. East Los Santos has, prior to early 1992, had areas controlled by the Los Santos Vagos and the Grove Street Families.

Notable residents

Places of Interest




Stationary vehicles


  • East Los Santos is one of three neighborhoods in GTA San Andreas that are featured too in GTA V, the others being Richman and Vinewood.


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