The US government has launched a new poster campaign offering rewards for arresting leaders of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel to accompany their campaign targeting the Kinahan mob.
A new wanted poster offers a $45 million reward for information on various members of the Mexican cartel, including Rafael Caro Quintero and Ismael Zambada Garcia ‘El Mayo’.
Considered one of the most powerful drug trafficking syndicates in the world, the cartel is based in the state of Sinaloa, which has long been involved in the illegal drug industry.
It was also the birthplace of many drug traffickers, including Héctor Luis Palma Salazar and Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as El Chapo (“Shorty”).
The campaign was launched amid what was reported to be growing frustration with the level of fentanyl trafficking and “lack of action in Mexico”.
The poster is similar to one released recently by the US Treasury Department, as they offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the disruption of the organized crime group Kinahan, who named Daniel Kinahan, along with his father and brother, Christopher Sr and Jr., as cartel leaders.
Sanctions were imposed on the Kinahans, along with four other people believed to be working for or with the criminal group. Three reputable companies linked to the gang and its members have also faced sanctions from the US government.
Four of the gang’s most trusted members are also listed, including key associate Sean McGovern (36), currently based in Dubai, who is described as Daniel Kinahan’s “advisor and closest confidant”.
Three others are Ian Dixon (32) who controls the gang’s financial payments; Bernard Clancy (44 years old) who organizes the payment of salaries and; Spain-based John Morrissey (61) who is described as an enforcer and facilitates drug shipments from South America.
Three companies have also been added to the sanctions list by the US Treasury Department, including Hoopoe Sports LLC, a sports management company based in the United Arab Emirates.
Sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) mean that all property, or interests in property, related to named associates and three companies in the United States must be reported and blocked.
This includes banning US companies from doing business with the designated members, freezing their finances in US banks, and preventing them from flying with US airlines. Persons based in the United States are also prohibited from acting on behalf of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG).
The DEA marks today, May 10, National Fentanyl Awareness Day to recognize that the number of people dying from drug overdoses is on the rise.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Americans between the ages of 18 and 45 die from drug overdoses more than anything else. Many of these deaths are attributed to fentanyl.
The DEA says that not only is fentanyl inexpensive, widely available, and highly addictive, people often don’t even know they’ve taken it.
Drug dealers and traffickers often mix fentanyl with other drugs, in powder and pill forms, to create loyal customers. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
When prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional, fentanyl can be used to treat chronic pain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 107,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses in the 12 months ending November 2021. And 66% of overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
The number of deaths attributed to synthetic opioids has steadily increased over the years.
To commemorate National Fentanyl Awareness Day, the DEA created a special exhibit at its museum, Faces of Fentanyl, to showcase the lives lost to fentanyl poisoning.
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