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February 14, 2014

Kingpin Act Designations

Treasury has announced that OFAC has designated Juanita del Carmen Rios Hernandez and her medical supply company Distribuidora e Importadora de Productos Medicos del Norte as specially designated narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Juanita del Carmen Rios Hernandez is the spouse of Mexican drug lord Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a leader of Los Zetas drug cartel, who is jailed in Mexico and faces multiple federal indictments in the United States for narcotics and money laundering violations.  Prior to his arrest, Miguel Trevino Morales, along with his brother, Omar Trevino Morales, directed the vast drug trafficking activities of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most violent and powerful drug trafficking organizations.

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,300 individuals and entities linked to 103 drug kingpins since June 2000. OFAC designations are part of an ongoing effort to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

The following individual has been added to OFAC's SDN List:

RIOS HERNANDEZ, Juanita Del Carmen, Avenida Constitucion No. 2224, Colonia San Rafael, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas 88200, Mexico; DOB 11 Jan 1977; POB Tamaulipas, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; R.F.C. RIHJ770111DD (Mexico); Credencial electoral 0844040737482 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RIHJ770111MTSSRN08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: TREVINO MORALES, Miguel; Linked To: DISTRIBUIDORA E IMPORTADORA DE PRODUCTOS MEDICOS DEL NORTE, S.A. DE C.V.).

The following entity has been added to OFAC's SDN List:

DISTRIBUIDORA E IMPORTADORA DE PRODUCTOS MEDICOS DEL NORTE, S.A. DE C.V., Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; Nueva Escoca No. 4310, Industrial Habitacional Abraham Lincoln, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Calle Texcoco No. 119, Colonia Mitras Centro, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 64460, Mexico; Av. Ruiz Cortinez, 1200 PTE, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 64299, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 117592 (Mexico) issued 11 Nov 2009; SRE Permit No. 1909004 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

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