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Thursday, June 22, 2023

US Senators Ask to Expropriate Assets From Cartels and Deny Visas to Mexican Officials Linked to Drug Trafficking

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

The Banking Affairs Committee of the United States Senate approved, on June 21, 2023, an initiative that would allow the U.S. Government to expropriate bank accounts, goods and other frozen assets from Mexican cartels and their accomplices, as part of the strategy to combat trafficking in fentanyl and chemical precursors.

The initiative, which received the support of the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Committee, also proposes sanctions against bank executives who do not supervise unusual movements that could be derived from illicit activities.

"That's why our bill uses our economic arsenal to target the foreign supply chain of fentanyl, from Chinese chemical suppliers to Mexican cartel distributors and money launderers who benefit from illicit drug trafficking," said Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, who chairs the Committee.

The bill, which is known as the "FEND Off Fentanyl Act," will be discussed in the Plenary of the U.S. Upper House, where it is expected to be approved, since the initiative has two-party support from at least 60 out of the 100 senators.

"We have almost all the members of our committee and more than half of all the senators as co-sponsors. Just today we reached 60 co-sponsors," Brown said. "It's time for us to sanction the manufacturers, exporters and the cartels that traffic and sell this poison by hitting them where it hurts the most, their bank accounts," said Republican Tim Scott.

"This historic legislation would use sanctions to sting the profits of Chinese suppliers and Mexican cartels that send deadly fentanyl across our border," Scott wrote on his Twitter account.

The senatorial initiative has more scope than Executive Order 14059, which was published by President Joe Biden in 2021, in which the threat derived from the trafficking of fentanyl was declared as a national emergency for the United States and which included, in addition to the Mexican cartels, the trafficking of fentanyl and/or chemical precursors.

The FEND Off Fentanyl Act allows the head of the U.S. Federal Executive Power - in addition to freezing assets that Mexican cartels and other actors may have under the jurisdiction of the United States - to expropriate them in favor of the prosecution of justice.

"The president may transfer the proceeds of any confiscated property covered [by said Act] to the Treasury Department's Seizing Fund or the Department of Justice's Estate Seizing Fund," says the bill promoted by Senators Brown and Scott.

Likewise, the initiative would also force the head of the U.S. Federal Executive Branch to send a report to the U.S. Congress, to report on the mode of money laundering in Mexico, China and Myanmar, which use flows and transactions of legitimate commercial goods, to disguise their illicit origin.

On the other hand, on June 21, 2023, a group of Republican senators urged the Administration headed by President Joseph Biden, to "use all diplomatic tools, to persuade the Mexican government to counter the threat to national security posed by the Mexican drug cartels."

This, according to Republican senators, in the face of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's alleged lack of action, in the fight against drug trafficking, as well as his policy of undermining anti-drug cooperation with the United States.

Bill Hagerty, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Banking Committee, along with five other Republican legislators - Jim Risch, Marco Rubio, Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz and John Barrasso - sent a letter to Janet Yellen and Antony Blinken, heads of the U.S. Treasury and State departments.

In the letter, Republican senators mentioned that "since taking office, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has tried to dismantle tough security anti-narcotics cooperation with the United States, acted in bad faith routinely and allowed drug cartels to dramatically expand their operations throughout Mexico, with impunity.

"In addition, the Biden Administration's commitment and attempts to accommodate did not persuade President López Obrador to take action against the Mexican drug cartels. Cooperation between the United States and Mexico on anti-narcotics has reached its lowest point in decades in many lines of effort," Republican legislators insisted.

In the two-part letter, the senators urged the Biden Administration, "to use the expanded sanctions authority as a lever and adopt a more assertive approach. This includes the imposition of sanctions and visa bans aimed at Mexican officials at the state and local government levels who support [...] directly to the cartels, until López Obrador's administration resumes support for joint operations, increases the exchange of intelligence and increases the pressure against the cartels and their facilitators in the Government.

Republican legislators detailed that "the imposition of sanctions on corrupt state and local officials in Mexico, which allow cartel operations, would have the effect of freezing future investments in the target states and would impose real costs on Mexico, for refusing to confront the cartels and degrade anti-narcotics cooperation with the United States."

The senators also said that "President López Obrador's unwillingness to act against the cartels and the breaking of key lines of effort for anti-narcotics cooperation represent a significant and growing threat to the security of the American people"

"In addition to controlling up to 40 percent of Mexican territory, cartels also control the main traffic corridors to the United States and facilitate the passage of a record number of illegal foreigners to our country and almost all illicit drugs that cross our border," Republican legislators said.

The senators concluded in their letter that "it is time to use all the diplomatic tools available to the Executive Branch to persuade the government of President López Obrador to resume sincere and effective cooperation against drug trafficking and work to eradicate these groups."


  1. Man sleepy Joe sux. Our president is as bad as almo

    1. Not really no period kid.🤪

    2. That's a good one coming from the US... "President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador , lack of action to fight drug trafficking".
      That is true any ALMO influencers going to challenge that?
      Nevermind that ALMO built pink barracks for the Army.

    3. Way worse. At least AMLO can form a proper sentence unlike the old demented man.

    4. Sleepy Joe sux period!

    5. Better than putins bitch i mean trump as president.

    6. 5:08 i would of loved to see Trump as a president this past 4 yrs, just to see what he would of done in the pandemic, if he treated the USA as he does most of his bussiness, like sayin "Yea china we declare bankrupsy so we are not gonna pay you back" or who ever USA is in debt with, what would happen to the USA? 😂 that would be a site to see

    7. I’m democrat and hate trump, but the only thing I don’t agree with democrat and sleepy joe being soft on drug traffickers. It should death penalty for this people being tons of drugs into the US.

  2. instead of bitching around for not allowed to run wild in mexico, shooting up people, yes please go after the money that means so much you and deny visa for anyone somehow connected to the cartels.
    Maybe you can use some of the money to buy more mobile xray scanners.

  3. They should start with Mexican president.

    1. 4:01 Based on what?, an opinion with no support than an assumption?

  4. The US is upset that AMLO doesn't let them run wild in Mexico anymore. AMLO consistently warned them a couple of years ago that if they didn't start respecting Mexico's sovereignty that cooperation was going to stop and they didn't listen. Now they complain. They made the cooperation what it is for not respecting that sovereignty.

    1. You don't know all the facts Mijo 😅.
      It's mostly because Cienfuegos was arrested. That hurt somd generals and almos ego. That they took under handed action, lying that they Mexico were going to put Cienfuegos on trail.

    2. 7:13 Where did u got that? lol looks like you are the one that have no clue about facts...

  5. Good. If they can stop the sale of stolen fuels on the texas side that wld also fuck with their money

  6. Can someone tell me what gun that cjng guys holding? It looks like something from WW1 thanks in advance Aussie Andy

    1. Looks like a browning 50 cal.

  7. Hell yeah they should go after their freaking money and their asses to USA resources. Aver si asi paran de mamar verga alos Carteles por sus pinchis 3000 Mexican Pesos x Two weeks no mamen. No sean puti pobres.


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