Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a transnational organized crime Task Force of experienced prosecutors to coordinate the Trump administration’s efforts and develop a plan to eliminate criminal groups off the US streets.
Sessions said he has directed the FBI, DEA, OCDETF, and the Department’s Criminal Division to identify top transnational criminal organizations that threaten the country’s safety and prosperity.
He also designated five criminal groups as the United States’ top transnational organized crime threats. They are MS-13, Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG, the Sinaloa Cartel, Clan del Golfo, and Lebanese Hezbollah.
The new Task Force will be led by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.
The new Task Force will be organized into one subcommittee for each of the target organizations.
These subcommittees have been asked to provide Sessions with specific recommendations within 90 days “on the best ways to prosecute these groups and ultimately take them off of the streets”.
With more than 10,000 members in the United States, MS-13 is the most violent gang in the country today.
The El Salvador based group has put a special target on Washington, D.C. and the surrounding suburbs.
In October last year, Sessions had designated MS-13 as a priority for US Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces—or OCDETF.
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