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A Tijuana family and their businesses have been designated by the United States Treasury Department as major suppliers of methamphetamine precursors to the Sinaloa Cartel on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. The Office of Foreign Assets Control, of the U.S. Department of Treasury, pinpointed five individuals and three businesses with hope of disrupting a supply chain of drug precursors.

Luis Gerardo Ibarra Cardona, who was designated as the leader of the five individuals, was previously arrested in 2009 on charges related to procuring ephedrine. The other four individuals consist of Ibarra Cardona’s father, mother, brother, and uncle.

Much of the materials which the family was using came from the United States, as the U.S. has weaker laws on ephedrine based products than Mexico. The designation hopes to stop the individuals and businesses from working with companies in the U.S.


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