Transnational Organized Crime

Transnational Organized Crime

The Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime applies all elements of national power to protect citizens and U.S. national security interests from the increasing dangers of 21st century transnational crime.

The Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime applies all elements of national power to protect citizens and U.S. national security interests from the increasing dangers of 21st century transnational crime.

 

Organized around a single unifying principle, the Strategy seeks to build, balance, and integrate the tools of American power to combat transnational organized crime and related threats to national security—and to urge our foreign partners to do the same.

 

The Strategy includes a list of priority actions, one of which, "Enhance Intelligence and Information Sharing," seeks to establish increased collaboration among law enforcement authorities at Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial levels and enhanced sharing with foreign counterparts.

 

A number of organizations facilitate information sharing in the fight against TOC:

  • The Special Operations Division: Established in 1994, the Special Operations Division (SOD) is a DEA-led multi-agency operations coor- dination center with participation from Federal law enforcement agencies, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and international law enforcement partners. SOD’s mission is to establish strategies and operations to dismantle national and international trafficking organizations by attacking their command and control communications.
  • The International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center: In May 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the establishment of the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC-2), an entity that marshals the resources and information of U.S. law enforcement agencies and Federal prosecutors to collectively combat the threats posed by inter- national criminal organizations.
  • The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center: Created in June 2006, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Fusion Center (OFC) serves as a central data warehouse for drug intelligence, financial intelligence, and related investigative information, and is designed to conduct cross-agency integration and analysis of such data with a view to creating comprehensive intelligence pictures of targeted organizations, including those identified as Consolidated Priority Organization Targets—the United States’ most wanted international drug and money laundering targets.
  • The Bulk Cash Smuggling Center: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center identifies, investigates and disrupts bulk cash smuggling activities around the world. The center is located at the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston, Vermont and operates 24 hours a day.
  • The EPIC Border Intelligence Fusion: The El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), managed by the DEA, was established in 1974 to support enforce- ment efforts against drug and alien smuggling along the Southwest border. EPIC has grown over time to better support Federal, State, local and tribal law enforcement. The DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis established the Border Intelligence Fusion Section (BIFS) at EPIC in November 2010 with the objective of providing U.S. law enforcement, border enforcement, and investigative agencies with multi-source intel- ligence and law enforcement information to support investigations, interdictions, and other law enforce- ment operations related to the Southwest border.