The U.S. Treasury Division introduced on Thursday it had sanctioned La Nueva Familia Michoacana, a Mexican drug cartel it says is behind the growing presence of rainbow fentanyl in america.
Rainbow fentanyl is available in a “number of shiny colours, sizes and styles and is made to draw kids and younger customers,” the division stated in a launch.
“Right now’s motion targets the management of one of the vital violent and wicked drug cartels,” Beneath Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Monetary Intelligence Brian E. Nelson stated in a press release. “Not solely does this cartel visitors fentanyl, which claimed the lives of greater than 71,000 Individuals final 12 months, it now markets ‘rainbow fentanyl’ as a part of a deliberate effort to drive dependancy amongst children and younger adults.”
The cartel’s co-leaders Johnny Hurtado and Jose Hurtado are two of essentially the most needed criminals in Mexico and the State of Mexico’s Legal professional Common’s Workplace is providing as much as 500,000 Mexican pesos for info resulting in their seize.
Johnny Hurtado stays a fugitive after a federal grand jury in Florida indicted him on two prices of tried possession of and conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2000.
“La Nueva Familia Michoacana has additionally demonstrated a willingness to assault authorities officers and buildings in Mexico, along with using and coaching a number of assassins,” the discharge stated.
The division stated its partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mexican authorities has been “essential” within the effort to “defend our residents from the dangerous results of those lethal narcotics.”
The cartel operates in 35 municipalities, producing cash from drug trafficking, illicit mining and extortion, together with distributing rainbow fentanyl, which has permeated the U.S.
It additionally traffics medicine reminiscent of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from Central America into the U.S.
All of the property or pursuits in property held by the cartel or its leaders within the U.S. or in possession of a U.S. citizen will likely be blocked and reported to the Workplace of Overseas Property Management on account of the sanctions, the discharge stated.