U.S. Government Names African Military Official A Drug 'Kingpin'

The United Nations Office for Drug and Crime, known as UNDOC, works closely with the U.S. to combat international drug trafficking, particularly in West Africa. UNDOC did not respond to requests for comment.

ABC News contacted officials from the Guinea-Bissau Embassy in Paris, who had no comment. Government officials in the country were also not available for comment.

In the last decade, Treasury has imposed sanctions against more than 600 businesses and individuals under the Kingpin Act. If an individual knowingly does business with a designated drug kingpin, it is considered a felony and can carry up to a ten-year sentence.

In recent months the agency has been especially active in imposing sanctions against cartels in Mexico. The goal of the sanctions is not only to go after a specific cartel, but to attack a cartel's wider network, including shell companies and investment arms.

"It's looking at where they are parking their profits," the senior Treasury official told ABC News. "As a result, it's had at times a very powerful impact on the networks of these guys."

Now the administration hopes the new sanctions against the Guinea-Bissau military officials have the same type of impact in Africa.

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