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March 13, 2014

Kingpin Act Designation

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced the designation of Eduardo Mendoza Robles (a.k.a. Zeta 33) as a specially designated narcotics trafficker (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Mendoza Robles is responsible for transporting drugs, weapons, and cash across the U.S.-Mexico border on behalf of the Los Zetas cartel. This action prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Mendoza Robles, and freezes any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

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 could 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:

MENDOZA ROBLES, Eduardo (a.k.a. "ZETA 33"); DOB 05 Dec 1966; POB Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; citizen Mexico; R.F.C. MERE661205MQ3 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. MERE661205HTSNBD09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

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