U.S. blacklists Colombian network aiding Clan del Golfo drug cartel
03 Dec 2020

The Trump administration on Tuesday sanctioned a network of Colombian nationals and businesses for aiding the international narcotics trafficking activities of the Clan del Golfo drug cartel.

The U.S. Treasury and State Department announced Tuesday that they designated Jhon Fredy Zapata Garzon and three of his family members and associates along with four businesses they control under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

“Criminal organizations trafficking cocaine and other drugs are a threat to the safety of the American people,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “Treasury will continue to use its authorities to identify and disrupt dangerous criminal organizations.”

The Treasury accused Zapata Garzon of being “an important drug trafficker” who is responsible for facilitating the shipment of thousands of kilos of cocaine on behalf of the Clan del Golfo, which was designated under the Kingpin Act by the Obama administration in May of 2013 when the organization was still called Los Urabenos.

By Darryl Coote, United Press International, 1 December 2020

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