If you’re moving drugs on a major scale and doing it too big for the liking of the United States government, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will blacklist you and/or your companies. Close to 2,000 Trap Lords have been added to the Specially Designated Narcotics (SDN) Traffickers list for violating the Kingpin Act. Once on this list, all of your assets in US territories are frozen and any American citizens or businesses are barred from doing any financial transactions with you.
The latest additions to the SDN list is the Laredo Cartel (Cartel de los Laredo) and its top brass. They were sanctioned by the OFAC for allegedly manufacturing, importing and distributing massive amounts of heroin from Mexico into the States, since 2008. According to Mexico News Daily, the cartel is “originally from the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero, but now believed operating out of the capital of Morelos, Cuernavaca.” The alleged leaders of the Laredos, brothers Job and Ismael Laredo Donjuan, were individually added to the list. They were federally indicted last year by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, with charges of acting as “principal leaders of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise,” drug trafficking and money laundering. In 2013, Ismael Laredo Donjuan was arrested with three others in Veracruz with nine kilos of dope.
Also added to the list were the Laredo brothers’ respective wives, Mercedes Barrios Hernandez and Daniela Gomez Velazquez, who have been charged with money laundering. Additional individuals named to the list are Antonio Marcelo Barragan, Ruben Laredo Donjuan, Andres Laredo Estrada, and Ismael Reyna Felix.
Yesterday’s designations were the result of a group effort, involving the DEA’s Philadelphia Field Division and Mexico Country Office, the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, and the Mexican Comisión Nacional de Seguridad – Policía Federal. According to the OFAC, “This designation is part of a larger effort, in collaboration with the Government of Mexico, to use financial sanctions aggressively to disrupt Mexican drug trafficking organizations.”
About the OFAC Kingpin List:
Since June 2000, more than 1,800 entities and individuals have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.