Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Treasury Announces Sanctions of Mexican Drug Lords

WASHINGTON – As part of an ongoing effort to apply financial measures against narcotics traffickers worldwide, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated four drug cartel leaders as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The four individuals designated today are leaders of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, groups that are responsible for much of the violence taking place in Mexico today.

"Following on the heels of the President's naming of Los Zetas as a drug kingpin organization in April, we are today targeting sanctions against four drug lords who are senior leaders in Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel," said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. "We remain committed to using all tools at our disposal to assist President Calderon in his courageous efforts against Mexico's deadly narcotics cartels."

OFAC designated the following two individuals, who are leaders of the Gulf Cartel:

  • Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez (alias "El Coss")
  • Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen (alias "Tony Tormenta")
The following two individuals were also designated and are leaders of Los Zetas:
  • Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano (alias "Lazca")
  • Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (alias "Cuarenta")
Press Release, US Department of Treasury, 20 July 2009.



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