Photo: El Chino Antrax
The U.S. Treasury considers Arechiga Gamboa the head of “The Anthrax” an extremely violent arm of the organization of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia, one of the Sinaloa cartel capos. Arechiga Gamboa, based in Culiacan (Sinaloa), ” provides personal protection to Zambada García and his family, and is responsible for eliminating rival organization.
” U.S. officials point to “El Chino Antrax” as transportation coordinator and logistics leader of the Sinaloa cartel for Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera. “José Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa represents the new generation of drug traffickers conducting activities with hyper violence” said Adam J. Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department. Thus, the U.S. government prohibits any financial transaction with Arechiga Gamboa and freezes the financial assets it may have under U.S. jurisdiction. “With today’s designation , we again send a message to Zambada and its partners in the U.S. we will block these illicit funds, “Szubin said. Arechiga Gamboa was arrested on Dec. 30 by the Dutch authorities in Amsterdam after being accused by a court in California of multiple crimes related to drug trafficking. The U.S. has requested his extradition to face trial in California. In addition, The Department of the U.S. Treasury today imposed economic sanctions against Mexican Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, the ‘Chinese anthrax ‘, identified as a hitman for the Sinaloa cartel and charged with drug trafficking. The Treasury Department bans individuals or U.S. companies from establishing commercial agreements with Arechiga Gamboa, and immediately freezes any assets held in U.S. territory. Treasury Department also reported that “the United States now seeks extradition (of Arechiga) to California” where he is charged with trafficking of prohibited substances. Arechiga Gamboa was arrested last December 30 after landing in Amsterdam , Holland, following an order of detention by a court in San Diego, California, United States. The Mexican is targeted as one of the leaders of the group The anthrax “, an” armed wing and extremely violent “linked to Ismael Zambada, a major leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, according to official notice of the Department. Head of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Treasury Department, Arechiga “represents the next generation of drug traffickers that perform hyper violent tasks for Zambada and the Sinaloa Cartel. ” According to the Treasury Department, Arechiga Gamboa “provides personal safety and protection for Zambada and his family, and is also responsible for addressing and eliminating rivals of Zambada.” He would also be responsible by “issues of logistics and transport” for the top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, the fugitive Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman.
Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001. He is the most wanted drug trafficker by the United States, and is recognized by Forbes as the world’s most powerful criminal. In just over a decade OFAC has designated more than 300 thousand companies and individuals associated with about 103 drug traffickers in different countries.
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