The United States government announced Thursday sanctions against the criminal group The New Michoacan Family and their leaders Johnny Hurtado Olascoaga (Johnny Hurtado) and José Alfredo Hurtado Olascoaga (José Hurtado), who prohibit any economic activity with them and allow seizures of their assets.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury designated The New Michoacan Family and its leaders for being related to the international proliferation of illicit drugs or their means of production.
“Specifically, The New Michoacan Family smuggles drugs within and throughout the United States and has multiple sources of income that come from the sale of drugs, illegal mining, and extortion,” the Joe Biden government reported through documents released by the United States Embassy in Mexico. .
The sanctions, he added, are the result of collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and OFAC with the Mexican authorities.
According to the US government, the Familia Michoacana operates in approximately 35 municipalities in the states of Michoacán, Guerrero, Morelos, and the State of Mexico, and is expanding into other Mexican territories.
“Members of the Nueva Familia Michoacana are behind the “Rainbow Fentanyl” which is appearing on the streets of the United States. Specific, The New Michoacan Family dyes fentanyl pills blue, purple and pink with a crown imprint in order to mask the deadly drug as candy in order to attract children and young people.
Other activities of La Nueva Familia Michoacana include: planting poppy and marijuana, obtaining various drugs from Central America, and distributing multiple drug shipments including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl, all bound for the United States. .
“Today’s action signals the leadership of La Nueva Familia Michoacana,” said Treasury Department Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “La Nueva Familia Michoacana is one of the most violent drug cartels, which traffics fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid. Today’s action continues Treasury’s tireless efforts, in coordination with US and Mexican government counterparts, to combat Mexican drug cartels operating on both sides of the border, and to deny these organizations access to United States financial system.
According to authorities in the neighboring country, Johnny Hurtado and La Nueva Familia Michoacana have shown a willingness to bomb and attack federal and local government buildings in Mexico, in addition to hiring and training hitmen. “This violence is conducted in furtherance of their drug trafficking activities in Mexico and the United States. Both Johnny Hurtado and José Hurtado are among the most wanted criminals in Mexico.”
On June 24, 2000, a United States Federal Circuit Court for the Southern District of Florida announced charges against Johnny Hurtado, charging him with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Johnny Hurtado remains a fugitive on these charges.