Bush adds 7 to drug kingpin list
CNN Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Friday added seven men to the U.S. list of alleged international drug traffickers. That step is aimed at blocking the suspects' access to the U.S. financial system and preventing them from doing business with U.S. companies or individuals.
"This action underscores our determination to do everything possible to fight drug traffickers, undermine their operations, and end the suffering that trade in illicit drugs inflicts on Americans and people around the world," Scott McClellan, White House deputy press secretary, said in a written statement.
The law also gives the U.S. Treasury Department authority to freeze the assets of those named on the list and their business associates.
Bush took the action under the Kingpin Act which became law in December 1999 and requires the federal government to create a list each year of the world's top suspected drug dealers. Twenty-four individuals already have been added to the list.
The seven newly designated kingpins are:
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