“Our previous method for investigating screening matches was much too cumbersome and limiting. Visual OFAC’s Resolution Manager gave us a dynamic tool for managing and escalating SDN matches.”



These sanctions block all property and interests in property, subject to U.S. jurisdiction, owned or controlled by significant foreign narcotics traffickers as identified by the President. In addition, the Kingpin Act blocks the property and interests in property, subject to U.S. jurisdiction, of foreign persons designated by the Secretary of Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of State, who are found to be: (1) materially assisting in, or providing financial or technological support for or to, or providing goods or services in support of, the international narcotics trafficking activities of a person designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act; (2) owned, controlled, or directed by, or acting for or on behalf of, a person designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act; or (3) playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.

Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions: Executive Orders

  • 12978 Blocking Assets and Prohibiting Transactions With Significant Narcotics Traffickers (Effective Date—October 22, 1995)

Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions: Statutes

  • Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, Pub. L. 114-198 § 801, 130 Stat. 755 (Jul. 22, 2016)
  • Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 1901-1908
  • International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
  • National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651

Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions: Code of Federal Regulations

  • 31 CFR Part 536—Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions Regulations
  • 31 CFR Part 598—Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Sanctions Regulations

Federal Register Notices

  • 80 FR 29201-15 – Delegation of Functions Under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act
  • 71 FR 29251-06 – Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005

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