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May 9, 2023: State Department Statement on OFAC counter-narcotics designations

United States Sanctions Additional Sinaloa Cartel Network of Fentanyl Suppliers



MAY 9, 2023

The United States is continuing our efforts to disrupt the global production and supply chain of illicit fentanyl, including by denying the criminal actors who engage in this activity access to the international financial system.  As part of this whole of government effort , today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating four Sinaloa Cartel members and two Mexico-based entities involved in the illicit methamphetamine and fentanyl trade.

The production and trafficking of illicit drugs is a global health and security threat that exacerbates the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic.  Today’s action is part of the United States’ ongoing effort to disrupt and dismantle the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate the illicit supply of fentanyl and other narcotics.  The United States is leading this effort at a global level.

Today’s designations of JoaquÍn Guzmán López, a leader in the Sinaloa cartel and one of El Chapo’s sons (“Los Chapitos”), as well as Saúl Páez López, Raymundo Pérez Uribe, and Mario Esteban Ogazon Sedano, add to previous Treasury designations announced on February 22, 2023. The State Department’s Narcotics Rewards Program complements the Department of the Treasury’s efforts to bring those involved in fentanyl trafficking to justice. In December 2021 the Department of State announced a reward offer of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Joaquín Guzmán López.

U.S. State Department Press Release


State Department Press Release

Categories: Narcotics Trafficking OFAC Updates State Department Updates


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