MEXICO CITY — Imperial County officials touched down today here to attend the 2002 Border Trade Alliance International Conference, which could be overshadowed by an announcement by the U.S. Department of Treasury concerning the Arellano Felix drug cartel.
This morning, the department released a "kingpin list" of 27 organizations with which U.S. companies will not be allowed to do business. Any U.S. assets of those 27 organizations will be frozen.
According to a statement by Treasury Department Under Secretary Jimmy Gurule, "The newly designated businesses and individuals, located in the Caribbean and Mexico, include a drugstore chain and pharmaceutical distributor, air courier services, a hotel and resort complex, as well as real estate, electronic security and consulting firms.
"Treasury has determined that drug kingpins previously named by the president under the Kingpin Act exert control over these Tier II designees."