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The United States sanctions a son of “El Chapo” for fentanyl trafficking

USA sanctioned this Tuesday Joaquin Guzman Lopezson of the Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmanas well as three members of the Sinaloa cartel for his involvement in the trafficking of fentanyl.

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Those sanctioned, to which are added the Mexican companies Sumilab and Urbanization, Real Estate and Construction of Works, are part of a Sinaloa Cartel network supervised by “Los Chapitos”, sons of “Chapo”, and held responsible for a significant portion of the illicit trafficking of fentanyl and other deadly drugs into USA.

The Treasury Department indicated in a statement that Joaquín Guzmán López works “in close collaboration” with his three brothers, all of whom were previously sanctioned, and is responsible for overseeing many aspects of the “drug empire” of “the little boys”.

He is accused of being involved in the management of large laboratories located in Sinaloa and in the trafficking of illegal drugs to USA.

Two other sanctioned this Tuesday are Raymundo Perez Uribeleader of a supply network used by the Sinaloa cartel to obtain chemical precursors for the manufacture of synthetic drugs, and Saul Paez Lopezinvolved in coordinating drug shipments for his cousins, Ovidio and Joaquín Guzmán López.

The last one is Mario Esteban Ogazón Sedano, who operates illegal drug laboratories on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel and has under his control the real estate company also sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Joaquin Guzman Lopez He was accused for the first time of drug trafficking in 2018 and since then he has been accused on different occasions, among others on April 14, when the US Department of Justice also targeted the other three “little boys” and about thirty people in total.

He is a fugitive and he Department of State has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.

The sanctions this Tuesday, according to the US Executive, have been closely coordinated with the mexican governmentincluding its Financial Intelligence Unit.

As a consequence of these sanctions, all property and assets that those involved may have in USA they are frozen and US citizens and companies are prohibited from transacting with them.

Source: Elcomercio

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