US steps up sanctions on powerful Mexican cartel

Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday expanded sanctions on a powerful Mexican drug cartel, stepping up pressure as its violent campaign prompts growing concern. The Treasury Department blocked any US assets and criminalized transactions with three people affiliated with Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, which was suspected in the brazen assassination in December of a former governor at a tourist restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. The cartel “is a major contributor to the illicit drugs, including fentanyl, flooding the United States,” said Andrea Gacki, head of th…

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