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

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
Bruce Zagaris

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.