Born and raised in the slums of Tijuana with his two brothers and cousins.
Growing up in the slums was always a hard time for the Santiago brothers as there father had passed away at a young age leaving them to fend for themselves. There single mother Teresa always worked hard to keep them fed and clothed and had constant support from their cousins and family. Emilio's cousins owned a big drug cartel called the Santiago Cartel, Growing up Emilio saw a lot of gang related violence and murders take place, as well as seeing mass amounts of drugs being sold and harboured at his house. Growing up was hard for Emilio as he was always a target for other cartels so he could never be alone outside or have a good childhood, him and his brothers would spend most of their days sitting on there porch watching there cousins sell drugs. At 12 years old Emilio's cousins set him and his brothers into the gang and recruited them making them drug mules to deal drugs and drop them off at locations. At 15 Emilio obtained his first firearm, this was a huge turning point in his life as it gave him the opportunity to take a mans life. At 16 a drive by occurred at his home and his mother was killed by a rival gang. This sent Emilio to a rage, his cousins told him to leave it as they would handle it but he ignored every instructions given to him. Two days after the drive by Emilio turns up to the rival gangs drug spot and killed 4 members while they slept. This sent the Santiago's leader into a rage and set up a hit on Emilio. Emilio caught wind and him and his older brother Juan snuck into his house while he slept and killed him claiming the cartel for themselves and anyone that didn't like it would be executed. For the next few years the Santiago's thrived in Tijuana becoming the biggest cartel and well known around Mexico. Another cartel approached the Santiago's and offered them a deal, They would fold there cartel and join the Santiago's if they wanted to expand globally. They agreed and his first approach was a small unknown place located southwest of Russia named Chernarus. This place was perfect for them as it was very coastal and easy to sneak drugs across the border and over the black sea. Emilio and his cousins set off for Chernarus to test how it would handle into Chernarus and left his brother Juan to lead the cartel in Mexico until he returned.