Sinema Passes Bill to Combat Arizona's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel

Bill cuts off finances of Sinaloa Cartel and other transnational criminal organizations

VIDEO: Sinema speaks on House floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) helped pass a bill through the U.S. House of Representatives that would toughen up America’s approach to fighting transnational criminal organizations. These criminal organizations, like the Sinaloa Cartel operating in Arizona, threaten public safety and traffic in people, drugs, and weapons. Sinema pushed for the bill, the National Strategy for Combating the Financing of Transnational Criminal Organizations Act, to choke off funding streams that support the Sinaloa and other cartels.

“We must do more to fight back against drug cartels and keep Arizona families safe,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “It’s time to take the gloves off and hit the cartels where it hurts: the pocketbook. By working across the aisle to pass this bill today, we are putting Sinaloa and other cartels on notice and helping to rid our communities of violence, illicit drugs, and misery.”

Sinaloa is a dangerous and highly sophisticated organization that smuggles heroin and methamphetamine into Arizona – and with it, a pattern of crime, intimidation, and addiction that tears at the fabric of communities. Sinema’s bill would kneecap cartels’ ability to spread death and destruction by creating and executing a national strategy to cut off funding and other monetary resources. 

While the United States has various tools and authorities to combat transnational criminal activity, no national strategy currently exists to bring these powers together cohesively and effectively in a whole-of-government approach. Sinema’s legislation requires the Administration to develop and execute a strategy that cuts off financing and other resources for transnational criminal organizations and to routinely report to Congress and the American people on the strategy’s progress.