On April 6, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated two members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a Mexico-based group responsible for trafficking fentanyl and other drugs into the US. The two were designated for their assistance in planning the assassinations of government officials in Mexico with the use of high-powered weaponry. OFAC also designated two businesses in Mexico and the CJNG’s travel agent who arranged trips for senior members of CJNG often related to the movement of money and drugs. All three individuals were designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act for providing material assistance and support to the CJNG, a group that was designated by OFAC in 2015 for international narcotics trafficking. The two businesses were designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act for being owned and controlled by two of the newly sanctioned individuals.
As a result of these designations, all property and property interests of the designated persons subject to US jurisdiction is blocked and all transactions by US persons with these persons or entities is generally prohibited.