March 3, 2021

OFAC designates Mexican national pursuant to Kingpin Act

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury has designated Juan Manuel Abouzaid El Bayeh pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, for supporting the international narcotics trafficking activities of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (“CJNG”), which was designated by OFAC in April 2015.  

According to OFAC, Abouzaid, a Mexican national, has played an important role in facilitating shipments of fentanyl and other drugs into the United States, and in laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking.  Abouzaid’s Mexican bank accounts were blocked by the Mexican authorities in June 2020, and the US Department of Justice indicted him in October 2018 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine for importation into the US.

Following his designation by OFAC, all US property of Abouzaid is blocked, and transactions involving such property are generally prohibited.

US Dept of the Treasury press release | Kingpin identifying information