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U.S. Imposes Sanctions to Disrupt Beltran Leyva Organization’s Drug Trafficking Activities

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions to Disrupt Beltran Leyva Organization's Drug Trafficking Activities

Drug Trafficking : Today the United States Government designated fifteen Mexican nationals and two Mexico-based entities linked to the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO).  This powerful drug trafficking organization transports and distributes illicit drugs, including fentanyl and cocaine, into the United States.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to working with international partners to disrupt the global fentanyl supply chain, and prioritizing the use of sanctions to hold drug traffickers and their facilitators accountable. 

This approach builds on the President’s National Drug Control Strategy and helps deliver on his State of the Union call to beat the opioid and overdose epidemic by cracking down on the production, sale, and trafficking of illicit fentanyl to help save lives, protect the public health, and improve the public safety of our communities.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions to Disrupt Beltran Leyva Organization's Drug Trafficking Activities
U.S. Imposes Sanctions to Disrupt Beltran Leyva Organization’s Drug Trafficking Activities

Synthetic drug trafficking presents a worldwide challenge to health and security, and it exacerbates the opioid epidemic in the United States.  

Regulating “precursor” chemicals used to produce illicit fentanyl. At the request of the United States, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) voted to control three chemicals used by drug traffickers to produce illicit fentanyl.

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We continue to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations destabilizing North America, including by using our sanctions authorities to sever criminal entities’ ties to the international financial system.

Today’s actions also highlight the effectiveness of nations working together to disrupt illicit drug supply chains and underscore the need for continued international cooperation, such as through the Global Coalition to Address Synthetic Drug Threats, to dismantle illicit drug trafficking and save lives.

Announcing a strategic approach of Commercially Disrupting the global illicit fentanyl supply chain. The Biden-Harris Administration announced a strengthened whole-of-government approach to save lives by disrupting the trafficking of illicit fentanyl and its precursors into American communities. 

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The steps taken today are an integral component of President Biden’s strengthened, integrated approach  to disrupting the trafficking of illicit fentanyl and its precursors into the United States.

Today’s designations by the Department of the Treasury were taken pursuant to Executive Order 14059, which targets international proliferation of illicit drugs or their means of production.  Among those designated today was Oscar Manuel Gastelum Iribe and Pedro Inzunza Noriega, who are part of BLO’s leadership.

The State Department’s Narcotics Rewards Program complements the Department of the Treasury’s efforts to bring those involved in fentanyl trafficking to justice.  For more information on today’s actions and a detailed list of the individuals and entities designated, see the Treasury press release.

During his first State of the Union address, President Biden announced beating the overdose epidemic as one of the four pillars of his Unity Agenda, focused on issues where members of both parties can come together and make progress for the American people. Over the past two years, the Biden-Harris Administration has made addressing global illicit drug trafficking and cracking down on transnational organized crime a key priority in the efforts to beat the overdose epidemic.

To advance President Biden’s Unity Agenda, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken historic action to address the overdose epidemic and save lives. President Biden is also calling on Congress for immediate action to help provide $1.55 billion to strengthen addiction treatment, overdose prevention measures, and recovery support services across the country, and more than $1.2 billion to crack down on drug trafficking to keep dangerous drugs like fentanyl out of our communities.

Read President Biden’s National Drug Control Strategy HERE.

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