Authorities steps up strain on Jalisco cartel, labeling fugitive a drug trafficker below Kingpin regulation


Juan Manuel Abouzaid El Bayeh. Photograph credit score: US Drug Enforcement Administration

A Mexican nationwide newly named as a narcotics trafficker is a significant participant in a cartel chargeable for a lot of the fentanyl and different medication that find yourself on the streets of Southern California, in accordance with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Juan Manuel Abouzaid El Bayeh stays a fugitive after the US Treasury Division’s Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management labels him as a trafficker below the Overseas Narcotics Kingpin Act.

He’s mentioned to have performed a high-level function in facilitating drug shipments and cash laundering for the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel (CJNG).

Mexican violent drug trafficking group “is accountable for almost all of fentanyl, methamphetamine and different illicit medication” on native streets, mentioned Invoice Bodner, particular agent in control of the Los Angeles Subject Division DEA, in a press release.

“Our unwavering mission to disrupt CJNG operations has been mirrored in immediately’s actions in opposition to those that assist and help this world prison enterprise,” he mentioned.

In June, Mexican authorities blocked Abouzaid El Bayeh’s Mexican financial institution accounts over his alleged relationship with the cartel.

In October 2018, the US Division of Justice recognized Abouzaid El Bayeh as linked to CJNG and unveiled a federal drug trafficking indictment in opposition to him in US District Court docket for the District of Columbia.

Within the case, investigated by the DEA in Los Angeles, he was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, figuring out and intending that it might be imported into the US.

The indictment alleges that the actions of Abouzaid El Bayeh started round 2012.

The newest Kingpin Act designation marks the twelfth Treasury motion in opposition to CJNG, which was designated on April 8, 2015, together with its chief, Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes (aka “Mencho”), for enjoying an vital function within the worldwide trafficking of narcotics.

Los Angeles stays one of many primary delivery factors for Mexican drug cartels, fueling a rise in fentanyl use in the US, California leads the nation in methamphetamine conversion labs, in accordance with a federal drug research launched Tuesday.

The DEA’s 2020 Nationwide Drug Risk Evaluation – the company’s annual publication that describes threats posed by nationwide and worldwide drug trafficking and illicit drug abuse – says California had extra fentanyl seized than some other state in 2019.

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