US slaps sanctions on Sinaloa Cartel fentanyl network

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on 10 Mexican nationals and one company in the country for their alleged involvement in the Sinaloa Cartel’s vast illicit fentanyl trafficking network.

The U.S. Treasury accuses the 10 people of links to suppliers of precursor chemicals used to make fentanyl, a highly addictive painkiller that has fueled the opioid crisis in the United States and a sharp uptick in overdose deaths.

Wednesday’s additions to the Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned list include Noel Lopez Perez, the brother of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s second wife, and Ricardo Paez Lopez, a cousin to the youngest of El Chapo’s sons.

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