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Friday, April 19 2019 @ 08:44 PM UTC

US Announces Sanctions Against Mexican Drug Trafficker With Ties To Panama

Drug TraffickingThe U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions against Mexican drug lord Ezio Benjamín Figueroa Vásquez and his son Hassein Eduardo, both accused of being responsible for an international organization of precursor chemicals. Figueroa Vasquez was arrested in Mexico in September 2011 and remains in custody of the authorities of that country, and he and his son were charged with money laundering that same year in a U.S. court, said a Treasury statement. The father and son commanded an international organization that introduced into Mexico tons of pseudoephedrine from Europe and Africa, according to the U.S. government. In addition, the Treasury sanctioned 16 companies in Mexico and Panama with relations to Figueroa Vasquez. "For years this organization worked with some of the most violent and wild drug trafficking networks in the world based in Mexico," said an official of the Drug Enforcement Administration, John Arvanitis. Under the sanctions, the Treasury can seize any assets of these individuals and businesses in the United States can prosecute any citizen or company doing business with them. (Estrella)
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