Obama asks for sanctions against alleged drug smugglers under Kingpin Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has requested sanctions against alleged drug smugglers from Colombia, Venezuela, Afghanistan and Pakistan under a federal law known as the Kingpin Act, the White House said Friday.

Daniel Rendon Herrera of Colombia, the Haji Juma Khan Organization of Afghanistan, Walid Makled Garcia of Venezuela, and Imam Bheel of Pakistan were identified by the White House as “significant foreign narcotics traffickers” who should face sanctions.

The Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, which became law in 1999, targets significant foreign narcotics traffickers, their organizations, and associates who act on their behalf, denying them access to the U.S. financial system. Further, it prohibits all trade and transactions between the traffickers and U.S. companies and individuals, and immobilizes any assets they may have within U.S. jurisdictions. The Kingpin Act does not target the countries in which these foreign individuals and entity operate or the governments of such countries, the White House said.

Since the naming the first “significant foreign narcotics traffickers under the Kingpin Act in June 2000, U.S. presidents have identified a total of 78 persons or entities under the act. The latest announcement brings that number to 82.

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