OFAC Designates Members Of South Asian Drug Ring ‘D Company’

The Wall Street Journal on May 15, 2012 released the following:

“By C.M. Matthews

The U.S. Department of Treasury sanctioned two members of the South Asian criminal organization “D Company” on Tuesday.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim “Tiger” Memon as narcotics traffickers under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

The designations effectively prohibit U.S. citizens from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the two men, and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Shakeel and Memon are top lieutenants in the Dawood Ibrahim Organization, or D Company, an alleged narcotics ring that operates across South Asia and runs smuggling routes into the U.S., Western Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, according to the Treasury Department. The group and its founder, Dawood Ibrahim, were both designated in 2006.

Shakeel coordinates D Company’s dealings with other organized crime and terror groups, the Treasury Department said, while Memon controls the group’s business across South Asia. Memon is also wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Violating designations under the Kingpin Act can lead to a range of penalties. Corporate officers can face up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million, while companies face criminal fines up to $10 million.”

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