On 13 March 2014, the Treasury Department blocked the property of Eduardo Mendoza Robles (also known as Zeta 33) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (the “Kingpin Act”). According to the US government, Mr. Mendoza Robles, on behalf of the Los Zetas cartel, has transported weapons, drugs and cash across the US-Mexico border. The Los Zetas cartel itself was designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act in April 2009. In July 2011, the cartel was designated a significant Transnational Criminal Organisation pursuant to Executive Order 13581. In July 2012, Mr. Mendoza Robles was indicted in the Southern District of Texas for conspiracy to export arms. To date, the US has designated over 1,300 business and individuals under the Kingpin Act.

US Department of the Treasury Press Release