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National News Briefs – December 19, 2015


US links newspaper to drug cartel

A leading Mexican newspaper has been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for having links to drug trafficking.  Mexico City-based daily Unomasuno was added to the department’s “Kingpin” list this week because its owner allegedly supported the Cuinis drug cartel.  Three other companies, including an air taxi firm, were also placed on the list that freezes their assists in the United States. Americans dealing with any designated firm on the list would be breaking U.S. law.

FBI marks 75 years in Mexico

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last week celebrated the 75th anniversary of its legal attaché program in Mexico City.  According to an FBI press release, the FBI and Mexican authorities have been working together to investigate crimes since the late 1910s, with the legal attaché office formally opening in 1940.  Since its opening, the FBI office in Mexico City has grown to become the agency’s largest overseas post.