On October 11, 2012, The U.S. Department of the Treasury with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations today is designated the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) as a transnational criminal organization (TCO). MS-13 is being designated pursuant to Executive Order 13581, which targets significant TCOs and their supporters. E.O. 13581 is a key part of the National Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime.
h As a TCO MS-13 and its leadership in the U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico can now be subjected to economic sanctions.
h Subjects MS-13 and its associates to future criminal/financial investigations.
h Attempts to restrict money obtained from MS-13’s extortion, drug activity, and other criminal enterprises from reaching gang leaders in Central America.
h Blocks any assets those persons may have within U.S. jurisdiction.
h Any property or property interests in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. persons in which these targets have an interest are blocked.
h U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with MS-13.