On 18 March 2015, the US Treasury Department announced that it has designated three Mexican nationals alleged to be major heroin and marijuana suppliers for the Sinaloa Cartel as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers. The designations are made pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
Under the sanctions, listed individuals and entities will have all of their assets within United States jurisdiction frozen and US persons will generally be prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
The individuals listed are:
- Felipe Cabrera Sarabia
- Alejandro Cabrera Sarabia
- Jose Luis Cabrera Sarabia
Speaking on 18 March 2015, Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control John E. Smith stated that “OFAC’s designation of the Cabrera Sarabia brothers targets one of the Sinaloa Cartel’s most established and influential trafficking partners”, adding that “This action demonstrates our determination to disrupt Mexico based cultivators of not only marijuana but also poppy, which is increasingly being produced and processed into heroin by Mexican drug traffickers for distribution to US markets”.
A full record of recent updates to OFAC’s list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons is here.