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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rafael Lemaitre / Tom Riley 202–395–6618
Monday, June 3, 2002

DRUG CZAR: "RELEASE OF DRUG KINGPIN LIST IS IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS DISRUPTING MARKET FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS;"
PRAISES MEXICO FOR RECENT SUCCESSES

(Washington, DC) -- John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy, said President Bush's latest additions to the drug kingpin list are a significant step towards reducing the market for illegal drugs. The Kingpin Act disrupts the illegal drug market by denying significant foreign narcotics traffickers, their related businesses, and their operatives' trade transactions involving U.S. companies and individuals.

Director Walters said, "The designation of these individuals as 'kingpins' is one more action the federal government can take to further diminish their ability to destroy communities, families, and lives in America. Every drug trafficking system has its weaknesses. We know the illicit drug industry is a complex one, sensitive to some of the same market forces as other major industries. We must put pressure on the demand for their products, their ability to produce and move their commodities, and the ease with which they launder their dirty proceeds."

John Walters continued, "The Mexican police and army, under the leadership of President Fox and Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha, have made great strides recently against the drug market. More than a dozen high-level drug traffickers have been captured in the past year by the government of Mexico. Most notably, the murderous Arrellano-Felix drug trafficking organization has been drastically weakened. The designation of these drug 'kingpins' will complement Mexico's brave efforts to counter the drug trade."

The Kingpin Act targets, on a worldwide basis, significant foreign narcotics traffickers, their organizations, and operatives. The Act was modeled after a previous law that was very successful against drug cartels in Colombia. The Kingpin Act does not target the countries in which these foreign persons and entities are operating, nor the governments of such countries.

The additional foreign persons whom the President has determined are appropriate for sanctions pursuant to the Kingpin Act are:

  • Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid - Mexico
  • Luis Fernando da Costa - Brazil
  • Eduardo Gonzalez Quirarte - Mexico
  • Hadji Ibrahim - Pakistan
  • Oded Tuito - Israel
  • Ismael Zambada Garcia - Mexico
  • Samuel Knowles - Bahamas

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