June 14, 2021

Daughter of Mexican drug cartel leader gets 30 months in prison for Kingpin violations

On June 11, 2021, the daughter of the leader of a Mexican drug cartel known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) was sentenced in the US District Court for the District of Colombia to 30 months in prison, 24 months of supervised release and must pay a fine and assessment of $20,500, for violating the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for willfully engaging in financial and property-related transactions with six Mexican companies that were designated for narcotics trafficking by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.  Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, a dual US-Mexican citizen, allegedly owned two Mexican companies that were designated in 2015 and 2017 under the Kingpin Act, and was an officer or director for the other four sanctioned companies in roles that, according to court documents, she held before the entities were sanctioned.

The sentence comes just months after Oseguera Gonzalez pleaded guilty in March of 2021 for willfully violating the Kingpin Act for engaging in these prohibited transactions, and for being an officer, agent or director of entities who knowingly participated in Kingpin Act violations.  All six businesses with which Oseguera Gonzalez engaged, were designated for providing material support to the CJNG, an organization that was designated by OFAC in April of 2015.  Oseguera Gonzalez’s father, the leader of the CJNG, and her uncle, the leader of the Los Cuinis drug cartel, were also sanctioned by OFAC under the Kingpin Act in April 2015.  

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