La Boca de Oro
Spanish for “The Golden Mouth,” La Boca de Oro is the seedy gentlemen’s club that the MS 13 street gang uses as a hideout. When Miguel Alvarez moved to DC, his only relative in town was his cousin, Lucia Alvarez. At that time, she was a stripper at The Golden Mouth. Disgusted to learn that his innocent young cousin had resorted to selling herself to earn a living, Miguel stormed into the nightclub and sought out the owner. The owner, a man named Juan Cabeza de Vaca, responded to Miguel’s hostility by threatening to have him forcibly removed from the club. Two heavyset bouncers began to close in on Miguel, the sound of their leather jackets creaking as they flexed toward their target. At that instant, Miguel pulled two pistols from his pants and shot the bouncers each in the forehead before turning the pistols onto Juan’s kneecaps. After the sound of two explosions and the gore of two completely obliterated knees later, Miguel grunted in Spanish, “I own this club now. Or you die.”
Juan gladly surrendered his nightclub to maintain his life. Miguel’s first action as owner was to promote his cousin to the manager of the nightclub, effectively putting an end to her stripping days. The fact that she is bad with money and has no managerial sense doesn’t bother Miguel. He’s not using the club as a source of income, but rather as a front for the activity of the MS 13 street gang.
On a side note, Miguel has kept Juan at the club. He now has stumps for legs, and wheels around as a warning to anyone who would try to question Miguel’s authority.