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US imposes new penalties related to drug cartel

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Photo - This combo of photographs released by Mexico's Attorney General Office (PGR) with identification mapping marks made by the source to point out similarities in face measurements, shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, using images made from his 1993 and 2014 detentions. The images at right were taken after his Feb. 22, 2014 arrest, and the photos at left were taken after his detention in 1993. The PGR used the pictures, among other tests, to determine that the man detained on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 was indeed the drug lord. Guzman was recaptured in Mexico's Pacific coast city of Mazatlan after 13 years on the run as fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel. (AP Photo/PGR)
This combo of photographs released by Mexico's Attorney General Office (PGR) with identification mapping marks made by the source to point out similarities in face measurements, shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, using images made from his 1993 and 2014 detentions. The images at right were taken after his Feb. 22, 2014 arrest, and the photos at left were taken after his detention in 1993. The PGR used the pictures, among other tests, to determine that the man detained on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 was indeed the drug lord. Guzman was recaptured in Mexico's Pacific coast city of Mazatlan after 13 years on the run as fugitive head of the Sinaloa cartel. (AP Photo/PGR)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is imposed financial penalties against seven people and 10 businesses accused of having ties to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa (sihn-uh-LOH'-uh) drug cartel.

The Office of Foreign Asset Control says it's penalizing Hugo Cuellar Hurtado and five relatives for their alleged support of the cartel.

Guzman was one of the world's most wanted traffickers when he was captured early Saturday in Mexico.

The government says Cuellar has been a drug trafficker for decades and worked for Colombia's infamous Medellin cartel before supplying Guzman's gang with cocaine in the late 1990s.

The U.S. also is punishing Cuellar's asset manager in Colombia, four companies in Mexico and six in Colombia.

Guzman and other Sinaloa bosses already were under sanctions through the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

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