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U.S. sanctions five cartel-linked firms

Companies are believed to be controlled by the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel

Five Jalisco companies have been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department because they are believed to be controlled by the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel (CJNG).

The firms are Mizu Sushi Lounge with outlets in Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, tequila firm Onze Black in Guadalajara, cabin rental company Las Flores Cabañas in Tapalpa, publicity agency J&P Advertising and agricultural firm JJGON. The latter two are both located in Guadalajara.

U.S. authorities took the action under the Kingpin Act. Any of the companies’ assets that are held under U.S. jurisdiction are now frozen, and Americans are prohibited from doing business with the firms.

John Smith of the Treasury Department described the Jalisco cartel as one of the most powerful drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico. “The variety of businesses designated today demonstrates the extent to which CJNG has penetrated the economy, both locally and beyond,” he said.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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