The United States Treasury Department has identified three brothers as the leaders of a new drug cartel, although they have been producing and trafficking heroin since 2008.
The Cártel de los Laredo is allegedly headed by Job, Ismael and Rubén Laredo Donjuan, originally from the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero, but now believed operating out of the capital of Morelos, Cuernavaca.
“The drug trafficking organization of the Laredos is responsible for contributing to the drug epidemic and the worrying increase in heroin abuse throughout the country,” said John Smith, interim director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department.
Smith’s office has blacklisted the three brothers under the Kingpin Act along with five other cartel members, including the wives of two of the leaders.
The Kingpin designation allows U.S. authorities to confiscate any assets held within the U.S.
One of the brothers, Ismael, was arrested with three others in 2013 by Federal Police in Veracruz. They were found with nine kilograms of heroin.
Source: Reforma (sp)