The United States has sanctioned a group of Mexican people and Mexican businesses for allegedly serving as fronts for the Sinaloa drug ring.
The White House Wednesday announced 23 individuals and 19 businesses in Mexico will face sanctions under the "Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act."
The move prevents those named from doing business with Americans or using the U.S. financial system.
In a statement, the White House said the designation exposes and sanctions a principal money laundering organization and attacks the financial underpinnings of the Sinaloa drug ring.
It added that the U.S. remains committed to doing all it can to support Mexico's efforts "to break the power and impunity of drug organizations."