Thursday, April 14, 2016

Accused of contributing to heroin epidemic, U.S. adds Laredo DTO to Kingpin list

Lucio R. Borderland Beat material from U.S. Treasury Office Press Release

The Treasury Department on Thursday added to the Kingpin list,  three brothers who they accuse of operating a heroin cartel that contributed to the current epidemic in the United States.


WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated brothers Job, Ismael, and Ruben Laredo Donjuan, as well as the Laredo Drug Trafficking Organization (Laredo DTO), as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  OFAC also designated five other Mexican nationals for their criminal activities in support or on behalf of the Laredo Drug Trafficking Organization or its leadership.  As a result of today’s action, all assets of those designated that are based in the United States or in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.


"The Laredo‎ Drug Trafficking Organization is responsible for contributing to the drug epidemic and troubling rise of heroin abuse in this country,” said John E. Smith, OFAC Acting Director.  "Treasury is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to dismantle criminal organizations that facilitate the flow of illicit drugs into the United States.”

Since 2008, the Laredo DTO has been involved in the manufacture, importation, and distribution of heroin from Mexico to the United States, as well as the laundering of drug proceeds from the United States to Mexico.  The Mexico-based DTO is led by brothers Job and Ismael Laredo Donjuan, who were charged in a federal indictment last year brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Specifically, Job and Ismael Laredo Donjuan were charged with being the principal leaders of a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, among additional federal charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering.  The indictment also charges their respective wives, Mercedes Barrios Hernandez and Daniela Gomez Velazquez, with multiple charges related to money laundering, along with Antonio Marcelo Barragan, with a drug trafficking charge.  Additional Laredo DTO members designated today include Ruben Laredo Donjuan, Andres Laredo Estrada, and Ismael Reyna Felix.

Today’s action was taken in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia Field Division and Mexico Country Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Philadelphia Division, and the Mexican Comisión Nacional de Seguridad - Policía Federal.  This designation is part of a larger effort, in collaboration with the Government of Mexico, to use financial sanctions aggressively to disrupt Mexican drug trafficking organizations.


Since June 2000, more than 1,800 entities and individuals have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking.  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.


41 comments:

  1. Wow is this ever getting complicated in Tamp!New cartel or in some way related to....old school Zetas.....the Trevino bros. Zetas......Gulf cartel.....Los Rojos etc.etc.etc.?????

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    1. You sir are an idiot .. This cartel is not from Laredo nor does it have a connection with anything going on in Tamps... READ !! Their last names is Laredo that's it... If anything they are brokering deals with the Sinaloa cartel since a lot of Mexican heroin is manufactured in the mountains of the golden triangle states ... Never I this article is Tamaulipas mentioned

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    2. True this criminal cell is from Guerrero

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    3. This Laredo DTO must have a connection to pass their drugs to the US, but the US ain't sharing, it is like they voluntarily refrain from going after the real big ones, with more than a month in the business...

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  2. America is mad because now it is White people and not Black people who are dying en masse of drug overdoses especially heroin. That's the only reason why they made El Chapo "public enemy number 1" in Chicago. They wouldn't and never did care when it was Black people dying of drug overdoses.
    Do unto others as you want them to do unto you.

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    1. If that was the case then social programs to help the indigent wouldn't exist. Go read your bible again. Pay more attention.

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    2. Reality check: the Mexicans took over the Chicago street trade, leaving very little for the black gangs that started fighting and killing each other over a smaller piece of the pie. The black gangs were unreliable business partners and drew too much attention to themselves by confusing business with celebrity - flashy clothes, bling, cars, and flashing cash in the strip clubs and then going on social media and bragging about it. Eventialy they get busted and roll on the low profile Mexicans up the food chain. Chapo and others tired of this and found more business oriented street dealers - Mexicans. So the blacks are fighting over the crumbs. It's lost on no one - except progressive politicians - that they almost never kill a Mexican in Chicago or any of the other cities in the country that this has happened in. Super Fly and Shaft are relics of the past.

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    3. What do social programs have to do with the bible?

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    4. Unbelievable comments,shows the mentality of some of these people

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    5. Mother Mexico needs your help

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    6. Come on now . Give 2:29 a break . Young people figure they got it all figured out . I knew more than my dad til I was 25 . Now 3 decades later understand how ignorant I was . Or maybe he does only see everything from a racist point of view . The US has been putting heroin trafficker away a long long time . When did carrasco try to shoot his way out of huntsville prison ? They were locking up heoin dealers long before him.

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    7. @9:10 The last sentence 2:29 made is an actual bible verse. But 2:29 has the verse twisted up in their view of things. And social programs are in the bible as well. And they continue to be a part of the American governments.

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    8. @8:16
      You're a clown, first of all what you are talking about has nothing to do with what I said and secondly you are wrong about the reason why Mexican cartels work with American Latinos.
      My point was that the only reason El Chapo was placed on the public enemy list and why there has been an increase in Heroin drug busts is because Whites are the ones dying of Heroine en masse now.
      To address your second issue, the main reason why Latino gangs have more and easier access drug cartels is not because they are necessarily better business partners, are less flashy or whatever other reasons you gave. The real reason is simple, both the cartels and the latino gangs are wait for it "latino". Therefore it's easier for them to trust each other because they look alike and share similar heritages.
      If Africans were shipping drugs to the USA en masse, their operatives will most likely blend in Black neighborhoods just like the Flores twins did in Latino dominated Chicago. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.

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    9. Rocket scientist, blacks are middle men on the US, and they have a lot of mexican "connections"...
      --Whites also have a lot of connections to mexican and black and white middle men, and the majority of drug consumers on the US that buy the most drugs for the most of the money, are well off middle class america and their polished ass wives not the winos on the corner or down by the river or the railroad tracks or black and mexican 2 dollar hos...

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  3. @2:29 Get off it with you racist BS. The "War on Drugs" started with Nixon, and back then it was mostly black people who were on heroin in the inner-cities of the northeast. So some fact checking before you make stupid assertions like the one you just made!!

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    1. Harry Anslinger was the one who started the War on Drugs decades before Nixon coined the term War on Drugs....and it was all predicated on race.....

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    2. uh I'm pretty sure the are on drugs has contributed to the rise in incarceration, especially among minorities. The was on drugs was never about stemming drug use. It is about securing the monopoly on drugs for pharmaceutical companies

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    3. He's actually right you know back in the seventies and sixties it was the black people who were addicted to heroin and you don't see people running around trying to stop black people from doing it they just didn't care now that white teenagers is doing good everybody's having a fit and trust me I ain't racist I'm a man who can see the truth

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  4. You monkeys have added plenty Cartels n Capos to the Kingpin Act list, that doesn't stop there drug related activities. You monkeys are silly. Keep trying.

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  5. It ain't gonna stop until people quit using.

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  6. The last part of the movie "sicario" sum it up for me. You cant stop this crap. Hide you're head in a small town or get expose to this shit in a big city.

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    1. Yup... people will always use im afraid. So it will never end. Only thing that would help is to legalize it and have the cartels come out of shadows. Tax it and legalize it. Just like alcohol. But Mexico really needs to get a handle on the violence. Its ridiculous in Mexico. Mass graves everywhere... beheadings daily.. And dont try and say the US is the same. Cuz its not thank god.

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  7. Ok class is now in session. From ~1915 until passage of various laws in 1924, the U.S. had over 10,000 people on heroin maintenance programs. Most were middle age white women who worked in the home. The old saw about the U.S. not caring because only the blacks were addicted to H is a shop worn tune that was around in the 60's. If you will recall, much of the fervor about H in the 60's and 70's was because of the huge number of Vietnam Vets who were returning addicted to H. Couple this with the huge influx of H in the 70's and you have the making of a H epidemic. Cheap availability has been shown to lead to increased usage and addiction. Yes, Blacks have suffered much from drugs, but I believe public policy is driven more by the meteoric rise in O.D.'s and new addictions. Hey, some of this is of our own making due to the pharmaceutical race for bigger profits. Better living thru chemistry has come back to bite us in the ass. Buen Salud.

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  8. The monkeys just want the money they don't care to stop the flow of drugs being on kingpin list means they can seize the assets of the accused all about the money on both sides

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  9. I hated living in Laredo. If it werent for some cops in Mexico, I would be dead right now. All for nothing.

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    1. Sounds like the Mexican cops ere on your side?????

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  10. It really doesn't pay to be a narco.. maybe a friend of a high ranking narco but not the top guy.. the top guys always get screwed.. el chapo learned this the hard way.. all of el chapos friends are going to live a cushy life from the money he gave them and he will take the fall

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  11. These traffickers have nothing to do with the epidemic. There are plenty of suppliers.
    The spike in deaths is due to fentanyl and other fentanyl synthetics being added to heroin, and sometimes it's not heroin at all. The synthetic fentanyl I'm referring to are the semi-analogs, which believe it or not are legal, much like many "bath salts" were just a few years ago, from the same Chinese sources. These are research chemicals that are easy to buy online. The law can't keep up.

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    1. The US fought so cavalierly to re-start and re-introduce and to re-install the "cultivation" of heroin on afghanistan, please, don't tell me they don't tell me they ain't bringing some into the US, I mean some toneladas...

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  12. i wonder how many more independent like these dudes exist ? do they exist in mexico as well ? organizations that lay low under the radar. guys that just buy and ship product and dont really put themselves on blast

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  13. They failed to mention the biggest contributor to the epidemic are the "legal" drug companies and the US government.

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  14. Who were their connects? Zetas? CDS, CDG, BLO, CAF?? Who!

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    1. Most likely Guerreros Unidos.

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  15. I would go with zetas since they're right next to Nuevo Laredo , nectar lima or whatever they call it

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    1. What are you talking about these guys are from Guerrero

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  16. y is this called the Laredo dto when all these vatos are from gro?

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    1. Most of them have the last name Laredo.

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  17. These guys are from Guerrero Mex. Crazy.

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  18. Ismael Reyna Felix born in Baja California...any chance he's related to CAF members?

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  19. All the gvt agencies involved in the War on Drugs should apologize to the American people for their disastrous failure over the past 40 years.
    Of course, they won't.
    In their world failure means success--more high paying jobs and job security and big pensions.

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    1. 5:53 and continued yearly billions and billions of dollars to milk from the US taxpayer to waste and spend down on their "never ending as if by design" war on drugs.
      --And that is only the good news...

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