The United States government banned its citizens from doing business with Jose Angel Rivera Zazueta, an alleged drug kingpin involved in fentanyl trafficking.
Rivera Zazueta is identified as the leader of a drug manufacturing and trafficking organization based in Culiacan, Sinaloa and Mexico City.
According to the Treasury Department, “This action was closely coordinated with the Government of Mexico and would not have been possible without the cooperation and support of the Drug Enforcement Administration.”
According to the investigation, Riviera Zazueta’s network operates globally with nodes in the United States, Mexico, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Rivera Zazueta is accused of importing chemical precursors from China into Mexico, which are then used to manufacture synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl, ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine, 2C-B and ketamine.
Rivera works with Zazueta Shanghai Fast-Fine ChemicalsA Chinese chemical shipping company “has shipped various precursor chemicals, often under false labels, to drug trafficking organizations in Mexico for the illegal production of fentanyl,” the US government says.
Additionally, the Riviera Zazueta is responsible for the movement of large quantities of cocaine from Colombia to the United States, Spain, Italy, Guatemala, Mexico, and other countries in Europe and Central America.
In addition to Rivera Zazueta, the United States government sanctioned his associates Nelson Santiso Aguila (Santiso Aguila), a Mexican national, along with Jason Antonio Yang López, a Guatemalan national, “for assisting in the acquisition and importation of fentanyl precursor chemicals into Mexico”. Gave. Manufacture of drugs prescribed for the United States.
What is included in the restrictions?
All property and interests of these individuals in the United States must be blocked and reported to the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
The rules prohibit all transactions by US persons or persons within the United States involving any property or interest in the property of specified or blocked persons.
Anyone who associates with these individuals may face civil or criminal penalties.