US sanctions El Chapo’s sons, lieutenants
By Dialogo May 09, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – The United States took another strike at Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, smacking sanctions on two of his sons as well as lieutenants from two Mexican states on May 8.
The billionaire head of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Guzmán has a US$5 million dollar reward on his head in the United States and has long sparred with U.S. and Mexican authorities.
The Treasury Department, through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), announced the latest front in that battle, freezing the assets of the fugitive drug lord’s sons Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Ovidio Guzmán López and two lieutenants. The sanctions also bar Americans from doing business with the men.
The Treasury Department said the sons had played “a significant role” in drug-trafficking activities.
“With the government of Mexico, we are firm in our resolve to dismantle Chapo Guzmán’s drug trafficking organization,” the department said.
El Chapo’s lieutenants from the northern Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, Noel Salgueiro and Ovidio Limón Sánchez, were arrested last fall and are currently in Mexican custody.
[AFP, 08/05/2012; Treasury.gov, 08/05/2012]