On October 11th, Treasury designated the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13, as a transnational criminal organization pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which targets significant transnational criminal organizations and their supporters. MS-13 is being targeted for its involvement in serious transnational criminal activities, including drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses. Treasury Press Release. On October 12th, the Los Angeles Times published an in-depth story on the organization, which originated in L.A.