On 8 and 16 January 2014, the Treasury Department announced two additional designations targeting Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. According to the US government, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, designated on 8 January, is a Mexico-based senior lieutenant of the Sinaloa Cartel who controls Los Antrax, an extremely violent arm of the Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia organisation that provides personal security to Mr. Zambada Garcia and his family and conducts assassinations of Mr. Zambada Garcia’s rivals. Additionally, Mr. Arechiga Gamboa is said to handle transportation and logistical issues for Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Jose Guadalupe Tapia Quintero, designated on 16 January, is also a senior lieutenant of the Sinaloa Cartel and oversees the transportation of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine from Sinaloa into the US, particularly Arizona and California, according to the US government.

Treasury press release – Arechiga Gamboa

Treasury press release – Tapia Quintero