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Treasury sanctions 7 tied to violent Honduras gang

September 19, 2013

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The U.S. government is imposing financial sanctions against six alleged drug traffickers tied to a violent Honduran gang.

The Treasury Department accuses the brothers Javier Eriberto Rivera and Devis Leonel Rivera of leading the trafficking organization Los Cachiros, which works with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and allegedly controls 90 percent of the nation’s clandestine landing strips.

The department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed the sanctions Thursday on the brothers, their parents, two other siblings and a Nicaraguan man under the Kingpin Act. The designation makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to do business with them and freezes their assets.

The government says the gang uses the proceeds in farming, mining and real estate companies. Five companies allegedly tied to the gang were also sanctioned.

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