The State Department announced an increase from $ 5 million to $ 15 million in the reward offered under its Narcotics Rewards Program (NRP) for information leading to arrest and / or the conviction of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael Zambada-Garcia. Zambada-Garcia is a long-time business partner of convicted Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin Guzman-Loera, also known as “El Chapo” and is indicted in several indictments in the United States along with El Chapo and his son. The increase is proportional to his status as a leader in the Sinaloa cartel.
This reward offering directly complements the derivative designations announced today by the Department of the Treasury. Treasury designations are made in accordance with the Foreign Narcotics Designation Law of Associates of the Sinaloa de Zambada-Garcia Cartel. Together, these actions are part of a whole-of-government effort to combat drug trafficking and transnational organized crime globally and in Mexico.
Over 75 transnational criminals and major drug traffickers have been brought to justice under the PNR and the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program (TOCRP) since the PNR’s inception in 1986, with the Department contributing more than $ 135 million. as rewards for information leading to arrests.
The Bureau of International Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement (INL) manages the PNR in close coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration Homeland Security Investigations and State Customs Enforcement United and other US government agencies. These actions are in line with the Ministry’s commitment to support law enforcement efforts to bring transnational criminals to justice.
Additional information on these individuals and the anti-crime rewards programs can be found here.
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