Six members of the Sinaloa Cartel, involved in the illicit trafficking of methamphetamine and fentanyl, as well as six Mexico-based entities have been sanctioned by the government of United States, according the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
These actions "aim of interrupting the global production and supply chain of illicit fentanyl, including denying the actors criminals, who participate in this activity, access to the international financial system," according to a statement.
Directed by the brothers Ludim Zamudio Lerma and Luis Alfonso Zamudio Lerma, this network is responsible for diverting illicit chemical precursors directly into the hands of members of the Sinaloa Cartel and its laboratories. In addition to the Zamudio Lerma, it includes Ernesto Machado Torres, Luis Gerardo Flores Madrid, José Santana Arredondo Beltrán and Ludin Zamudio Ibarra.
As well as the companies, located in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Grupo Zait, Inmobiliaria del Humaya River, Humaya Operator, Alamedas Park Operator, Ladim Pharmacy and Aceros y Humaya spare parts.
“Drug trafficking generates instability, feeds corruption and kills young and old. Is crisis cuts across all geographic, demographic and economic categories of our nation, damaging our prosperity and imposing tremendous suffering on our communities. The production and trafficking of these drugs is a global problem, and the United States is prepared to lead globally," the statement reads. “Today's action is part of a whole-of-government effort to disrupt and dismantle
transnational criminal organizations that facilitate the illicit supply of fentanyl and other narcotics.”