FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rafael Lemaitre / Tom Riley 2023956618
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
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: