U.S. slaps sanctions on Mexico drug trafficking organization
[Xinhua] The U.S. Department of Treasury decided Thursday to slap sanctions on the Meza Flores drug trafficking organization from Mexico.
The designation includes its leader, Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, several key family members, and three companies, the department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced in a statement, accusing all of them of helping facilitate the operations of the organization.
This designation prohibits Americans from engaging in transactions with these eight individuals, three entities, and the entire organization, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction, according to the statement.
"By targeting the leaders of this extremely violent Sinaloa- based drug trafficking organization we are protecting the U.S. financial system from yet another source of illicit money tied to the narcotics trade," said OFAC Director Adam Szubin, vowing to continue to target this organization as well as other Mexican drug trafficking operations that threaten the United States.
| It would appear, since sanctions were not also slapped on all the other Mexican drug trafficking organizations that Rantburg's own Chris Covert reports on several times a week, that those others are not objectionable to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.|
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-18