On 10 November 2015, OFAC designated two Colombian Los Urabeños members and their Colombiabased companies as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (“SDNTs”) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (“Kingpin Act”). According to OFAC, Victor Alfonso Mosquera Perez, a.k.a. Negro Mosquera, and Alveiro Feo Alvarado, a.k.a. Benavides, control narcotics trafficking and manage finances, respectively, for Los Urabeños.
Both were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Florida for narcotics charges in 2014. Their companies, De Expomineria S.A.S., a mining company based in Medellin, Colombia, and Joyeria MVK, a jewellery business based in the Urabá region in Northern Colombia, were also designated. Los Urabeños was previously designated on 31 May 2013 for money laundering, and weapons and drug trafficking.
On 24 November, OFAC designated two Mexican nationals for their support of the Sinaloa cartel and its leadership pursuant to the Kingpin Act. Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia and Jorge Mario Valenzuela Verdugo were indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in January 2015. Both men are lieutenants for the Chapo Guzman family and are accused of widespread narcotics trafficking and money laundering on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel and the Guzman family. Chapo Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, and the Sinaloa cartel were designated in February 2014 pursuant to the Kingpin Act for prolific drug trafficking.