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International News: United States sanctions allies of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2022. 2:59 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Reuters reported that the United States Treasury Department sanctioned individuals linked to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel on Wednesday.

According to the Department, Juan Francisco Valenzuela and his family-run drug organization are accused of transporting “multi-ton quantities of illicit drugs” into the United States, and operating under the Sinaloa Cartel long run by kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

In addition, members Hector Alfonso Araujo Peralta and Raul Rivas Chaires along with 3 Mexico- based transportation companies accused of facilitating their activities were also sanctioned.

Those named were fugitives from U.S. federal drug trafficking indictments.

“The Valenzuela drug trafficking organization fuels the ongoing drug epidemic we face in the United States which has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans annually,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian E. Nelson.

“Starving this network of resources will help deprive the Sinaloa Cartel of the critical support it needs,” Nelson added.

Mexican and U.S. officials have agreed to crack down on the drug trade with full force.



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