Photo: U.S. Treasury target Victor Manuel Felix Felix
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of Victor Manuel Felix Felix, a close associate of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Felix Felix plays a key role in Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking organization and is the father-in-law of Guzman Loera’s son. OFAC also designated four other individuals collaborating with Felix Felix and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
Victor Manuel Felix Felix is the head of a narcotics distribution and money laundering organization based in Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico.
A DEA investigation linked the Felix Felix organization to the movement of ton quantities of cocaine in Ecuador and Mexico and the laundering of millions of U.S. and Canadian dollars.
Felix Felix is the father-in law of Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, who is the son of “Chapo” Guzman and Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez. OFAC designated Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar and his mother, Maria Alejandrina, as specially designated narcotics traffickers in June 2012 for their support to Chapo’s illicit activities.