The United States is leading global efforts to stop the illicit manufacture and trafficking of fentanyl, a leading cause of death of people age 18 to 49 in the United States. Today, we are taking action to target transnational criminals responsible for a significant portion of the illicit fentanyl, cocaine, and other deadly drugs trafficked into the United States.
The United States is sanctioning ten individuals involved in the production of illicit drugs, including nine Sinaloa Cartel member in Mexico and the leader of the Clan del Golfo, one of Colombia’s largest criminal enterprises responsible for the majority of the cocaine production and trafficking in Colombia.
Today’s actions reinforce the Untied States’ whole of government approach to saving lives by disrupting illicit drug supply chains. These designations follow the Department of State’s announcement of rewards under the Narcotic Rewards Program for information leading to the arrest or conviction of seven of the ten individuals designated today. The Department of State has also mobilized a global coalition that is strengthening international cooperation and driving innovative actions to disrupt the illicit synthetic drug supply chains, from production to smuggling to distribution.