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Department of Justice Expands Fight Against MS-13 Street Gang | VOA
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Department of Justice Expands Fight Against MS-13 Street Gang | VOA

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday formally designated the El Salvador-based street gang known as MS-13 as a priority for a Department of Justice program that combats drug trafficking and money laundering.

The designation will allow the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces to target MS-13 with an array of laws, from the anti-organized crime law known as RICO to tax and firearms statutes, Sessions told the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Now they will go after MS-13 with a renewed vigor and a sharpened focus,” Sessions said at the annual conference of IACP in Philadelphia.Program’s missionThe Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces program is the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug policy. Established in 1982 to combat drug trafficking and money laundering, it is comprised of Justice Department prosecutors as well as agents from 11 federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, IRS, the Secret Service and the Coast Guard.

Source: Department of Justice Expands Fight Against MS-13 Street Gang | VOA