Fact Sheet: Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

Individuals who violate the Kingpin Act are subject to criminal penalties of up to 10 years in prison and/or fines pursuant to Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Entities that violate the Act face criminal penalties in the form of fines up to $10 million; officers, directors, or agents of an entity who knowingly participate in a violation of the Kingpin Act are subject to criminal penalties of up to 30 years in imprison and/or a $5 million fine. The Kingpin Act also provides for civil penalties of up to $1.075 million against individuals or entities that violate its provisions.

Foreign Narcotics Traffickers Identified for Sanctions

The foreign persons that the President has identified today as appropriate for sanctions pursuant to the Kingpin Act are:

Sinaloa Cartel

Los Zetas

La Familia Michoacana

These names are being added to the list of kingpins first announced in June 2000 and updated every year since then. A complete list of individuals and entities sanctioned under the Kingpin Act can be found at www.treasury.gov/ofac.

(Source: White House)

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