U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a stern proclamation to MS-13 gang members that they will be taken down using the same tactics that authorities once used to bring notorious gangster Al Capone to justice nine decades ago.
During a Monday speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Philadelphia, Sessions announced that the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force had been authorized to employ “every lawful tool” to take down MS-13, which has been blamed wreaking havoc in cities on both coasts and in parts of Texas.
“Now they will go after MS-13 with a renewed vigor and a sharpened focus,” he said. “I am announcing that I have authorized them to use every lawful tool to investigate mS-13 – not just our drug laws, but everything from RICO to our tax laws to our firearms laws,” he said.
The OCDETF – which includes federal prosecutors from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and the FBI – will now be charged with using the same tactics that were used to end Capone’s gang-related activities.
“Just like we took Al Capone off the streets with our tax laws, we will use whatever laws we have to get MS-13 off our streets,” Sessions said.
MS-13 is believed to have upwards of 10,000 members operating in the majority of U.S. states and even in other countries, with the largest concentration of members having been observed in California, Washington D.C., New York City, New Jersey, and Boston.
“MS-13 threatens the lives and well-being of each and every family, and each and every neighborhood that they infest. MS-13 members brutally rape, rob, extort, and murder,” Sessions warned. “MS-13 members have killed children and pregnant women, extorted immigrant-owned businesses, and trafficked underage girls to sell them for sex.”
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