U.S. Treasury Designates MS-13 as Transnational Criminal Organization

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
28
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On October 11, 2012, the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the designation of the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13, as a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO), pursuant to Executive Order 13581, which targets significant TCOs and their supporters.  OFAC has targeted MS-13 due to its involvement in serious transnational criminal activities, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses.  As a result of the designation, any property or property interests in the United States, or in the possession or control of U.S.  persons in which MS-13 has an interest, are blocked, and U.S. persons are forbidden from engaging in transactions with MS-13.[1]



[1]               For the designation see http:..www.ustreas.gov/ofac.