On June 2, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated six individuals for their support of Mexico-based Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), a group responsible for the trafficking a significant proportion of fentanyl and other deadly drugs into the US. The designees include four close family members of previously designated CJNG leader Ruben Oseguera Cervantes who were recently arrested by Mexican authorities; a member of a violent CJNG-affiliated group of assassins; and a corrupt municipal police officer who has reportedly provided law enforcement information to CJNG in exchange for bribes. The designations were made by OFAC pursuant to EO 14059, which targets persons involved in the international proliferation of illegal drugs or their means of production, as the result of a collaborative effort between the US Treasury Department, the Government of Mexico, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the US Customs and Border Protection.
As a result of these designations, all property and interests in property of today’s designees within the United States or within the possession or control of a US person are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving the designated persons unless authorized by OFAC. US persons may also face civil or criminal penalties for violating EO 14059.