On November 9, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated 4 individuals and 9 entities pursuant to Executive Order 14059 for their involvement in the illegal sale of fentanyl, synthetic stimulants, cannabinoids, and opioids via the internet or darkweb. Executive Order 14059 targets persons involved in the global sale of illegal drugs. This is OFAC’s first use of EO 14059 to target persons involved in the sale of illegal drugs online or via the darknet marketplace.
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.