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  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials
  • Unprecedented action aimed at weakening MS-13 street gang

    Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 on Thursday won the distinction of being the first street gang designated by the federal government as a “transnational criminal organization." Local law enforcement officials cheered what they saw as the unprecedented federal...

    Federal officials want to starve MS-13 gang of its money

    Federal authorities named Mara Salvatrucha MS-13, the ruthless Latin American gang born three decades ago on the streets of Los Angeles, a “transnational criminal organization” on Thursday, making it the first street gang to join the list. The...

    MS-13 street gang's finances targeted by feds; reaction mixed

    The new federal crackdown on the notorious Los Angeles-based Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 street gang is being cheered by some local officials, though others worry about some of the side effects. The designation gives the U.S. Treasury Department the power to.....

    Fed crackdown shows MS-13 gang is real threat, experts said

    The decision last week by federal authorities to classify the Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 gang as a “transnational criminal organization" has some experts hoping the move will put the gang on the run.