Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on June 27, 2012

July 12, 2012

On June 27, 2012, OFAC has added [SDNTK] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

BODEGA MICHIGAN, Calle 10A 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 0081931 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

CHIBLI, Ibrahim (a.k.a. SHIBLI SHIBLI, Ibrahim); DOB 10 Oct 1965; POB Sour, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon (individual) [SDNTK].

HARB, Abass Hussein (a.k.a. HARB, Abbas Hussein), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia; Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 11 Nov 1979; POB Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 398329 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 398330 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 076592 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 041789 (Colombia); National Foreign ID Number 264521 (Colombia); National ID No. 21495203 (Venezuela); alt. National ID No. 22465548 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390001813 (Colombia); Passport 1368212 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA; Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A..

HARB, Abbas Hussein (a.k.a. HARB, Abass Hussein), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia; Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 11 Nov 1979; POB Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 398329 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 398330 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 076592 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 041789 (Colombia); National Foreign ID Number 264521 (Colombia); National ID No. 21495203 (Venezuela); alt. National ID No. 22465548 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390001813 (Colombia); Passport 1368212 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA; Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A..

HARB, Ali Houssein (a.k.a. HARB, Ali Hussein), Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; DOB 11 Aug 1976; alt. DOB 19 Aug 1976; nationality Lebanon; National Foreign ID Number 254291 (Colombia); National ID No. 26405022 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK].

HARB, Ali Hussein (a.k.a. HARB, Ali Houssein), Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; DOB 11 Aug 1976; alt. DOB 19 Aug 1976; nationality Lebanon; National Foreign ID Number 254291 (Colombia); National ID No. 26405022 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A., Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela; Tax ID No. RIF J-31069374-9 (Venezuela) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, Carerra 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 398330 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

SALEH, Kassem Mohamad (a.k.a. SALEH, Qasim), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 10 Feb 1980; nationality Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 081931; National Foreign ID Number 22075502 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390003192 (Colombia); Passport 1243712 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.; Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

SALEH, Qasim (a.k.a. SALEH, Kassem Mohamad), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 10 Feb 1980; nationality Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 081931; National Foreign ID Number 22075502 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390003192 (Colombia); Passport 1243712 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.; Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

SHIBLI SHIBLI, Ibrahim (a.k.a. CHIBLI, Ibrahim); DOB 10 Oct 1965; POB Sour, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon (individual) [SDNTK].

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Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to Drug Trafficker Ayman Joumaa and a Key Hizballah Supporter in South America

6/27/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four individuals and three entities involved in laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking for drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa. Treasury also designated a Colombia-based individual under its terrorism authority, Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, for directing Hizballah’s fundraising activities in the Americas. This individual was previously designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his role in narcotics-related money laundering. Today’s designations further expose Ayman Joumaa’s network as a major narcotics and money laundering enterprise that has reach throughout the Americas and the Middle East with links to Hizballah. As with the February 2011 action against Lebanese Canadian Bank, these actions again highlight Hizballah’s links to major South American narcotics money laundering organizations.

“The Joumaa network is a sophisticated multi-national money laundering ring, which launders the proceeds of drug trafficking for the benefit of criminals and the terrorist group Hizballah,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We and our partners will continue to aggressively map, expose and disable this network, as we are doing with today’s sanctions.”

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli are being designated today pursuant to the Kingpin Act for collaboration with designated drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa in the movement of millions of dollars of narcotics-related proceeds. Harb’s Colombia- and Venezuela-based organization launders money for the Joumaa network through the Lebanese financial sector. Chibli used his position as the manager of the Abbassieh branch of Fenicia Bank in Lebanon to facilitate the movement of money for Joumaa and Harb. For example, in 2010, Joumaa moved over a million dollars into an account owned by Harb and managed by Chibli. Harb is a dual citizen of Venezuela and Lebanon, and Chibli is a Lebanese national.

Ali Mohamad Saleh

Ali Mohamad Saleh, a Lebanese Colombian national, is also being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224 as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for acting for or on behalf of and providing financial, material, or technological support to Hizballah. Saleh is a key Hizballah facilitator who has directed and coordinated Hizballah activity in Colombia. He is a former Hizballah fighter with knowledge of Hizballah operations plans due to his contact with Hizballah authorities in Lebanon. As of July 2010, Saleh was a contact of Hizballah’s Foreign Relations Department and has maintained communication with suspected Hizballah operatives in Venezuela, Germany, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Saleh was the acting leader of a Hizballah support cell in Maicao, Colombia that raised funds for transfer to Hizballah. In this role, Saleh solicited donations for Hizballah from business owners and residents. Saleh coordinated the transfer of checks and U.S. dollars by courier from Maicao via Venezuela to Hizballah in Lebanon. He was previously designated under the Kingpin Act on December 29, 2011, for his role as a Maicao based money launderer for the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, which is linked to the Joumaa network. Saleh is the brother of Joumaa-network associate Kassem Mohamad Saleh, who was also named today under the Kingpin Act for his role in supporting Abbas Hussein Harb.

Additional Kingpin Designations

Ali Houssein Harb (Abbas Hussein Harb’s brother) and Kassem Mohamad Saleh (Ali Mohamad Saleh’s brother) were also designated under the Kingpin Act today for their links to the Joumaa network. Ali Houssein Harb and Kassem Mohamad Saleh are dual citizens of Lebanon and Venezuela. The three companies targeted as part of today’s action under the Kingpin Act for being owned or controlled by Abbas Houssein Harb and/or Kassem Mohamad Saleh are: Importadora Silvania and Bodega Michigan, both based in Colombia, and Importadora Silvania, C.A., based in Venezuela.

BACKGROUND:

Ayman Joumaa was designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act in January 2011 for his role as a high-level money launderer and drug trafficker operating in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Joumaa and his organization laundered proceeds from their illicit activities – as much as $200 million per month – through various channels, including bulk cash smuggling operations and Lebanese exchange houses. Since Treasury’s designation, he was subsequently indicted in November 2011 by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia for being the leader of an international drug trafficking and money laundering network that coordinated multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel destined for the United States and for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in these drug proceeds back to the Colombian suppliers.

Today’s actions, which prohibit U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the designated individuals and entities and freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction, were taken in close coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The DEA investigation of Ayman Joumaa that helped lead to today’s Treasury actions is critical to protecting the U.S. financial system from illicit activity and is another tool used to disrupt and dismantle these drug and money laundering networks,” said DEA Financial Operations Chief John Arvanitis. “These sanctions will go a long way toward ensuring that the entire Joumaa network is brought to justice.”

This action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,100 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

Today’s action also highlights the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to target terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or to acts of terrorism, isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Hizballah was listed as a Specially Designated Terrorist on the annex to E.O. 12947 of January 23, 1995. The U.S. Department of State designated Hizballah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. Additionally, on October 31, 2001, Hizballah was designated by the State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224.

To view a chart of the Ayman Joumaa affiliates, click here.

Identifying Information

Name: Ali Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALAH

AKA: Ali Mohamed SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALEH

AKA: Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir SALIH

DOB: 1 Jan 1974

POB: Adchit, Lebanon

Colombian Cedula No.: 1124006380

Colombian Passport: AJ911608

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 2071362

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 1183967

Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL

Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA

Name: Ibrahim CHIBLI

AKA: Ibrahim SHIBLI SHIBLI

DOB: 10 Oct 1965

POB: Sour, Lebanon

Nationality: Lebanon

Name: Abbas Hussein HARB

AKA: Abass Hussein HARB

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia;

Address: Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia

DOB: 11 Nov 1979

POB: Lebanon

Venezuelan Passport: 1368212

Colombian NIT #: 6390001813

Venezuelan National ID No.: 21495203

Alt. Venezuelan National ID No.: 22465548

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264521

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398329

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 076592

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 041789

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Name: Ali Houssein HARB

AKA: Ali Hussein HARB

Address: Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

Address: Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

DOB: 11 Aug 1976

alt. DOB: 19 Aug 1976

Nationality: Lebanese

Venezuelan National ID No.: 26405022

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 254291

Name: Kassem Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Qasim SALEH

Address: Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22,

Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

DOB: 10 Feb 1980

Nationality: Lebanese

Lebanese Passport: 1243712

Colombian NIT #: 6390003192

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264619

Alt. Venezuelan National Foreign ID Number: 22075502

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No 0081931

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

Name: BODEGA MICHIGAN

Address: Calle 10A 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 0081931

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Address: Carerra 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Venezuelan Tax ID No.: RIF J-31069374-9″

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] and Specially Designated Global Terrorist [SDGT] Entries Changed on OFAC’s SDN List on June 27, 2012

July 12, 2012

On June 27, 2012, OFAC has changed [SDNTK] and [SDGT] Entries on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] [SDGT] entries have been changed on OFAC’s SDN list:

SALEH, Ali Mohamad, c/o ALMACEN BATUL; c/o COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA; DOB 01 Jan 1974; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]-to-SALEH, Ali Mohamad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon)(individual)[SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

resulting in the following new [SDNTK][SDGT] entries:

SALAH, Ali Mohammad (a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali AbdAl-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALEH, Ali Mohamed (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali AbdAl-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALEH, Ali Mohammad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Abd-AlAmir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALIH, Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALIH, Ali Muhammad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALIH, Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali AbdAl-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

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Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to Drug Trafficker Ayman Joumaa and a Key Hizballah Supporter in South America

6/27/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four individuals and three entities involved in laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking for drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa. Treasury also designated a Colombia-based individual under its terrorism authority, Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, for directing Hizballah’s fundraising activities in the Americas. This individual was previously designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his role in narcotics-related money laundering. Today’s designations further expose Ayman Joumaa’s network as a major narcotics and money laundering enterprise that has reach throughout the Americas and the Middle East with links to Hizballah. As with the February 2011 action against Lebanese Canadian Bank, these actions again highlight Hizballah’s links to major South American narcotics money laundering organizations.

“The Joumaa network is a sophisticated multi-national money laundering ring, which launders the proceeds of drug trafficking for the benefit of criminals and the terrorist group Hizballah,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We and our partners will continue to aggressively map, expose and disable this network, as we are doing with today’s sanctions.”

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli are being designated today pursuant to the Kingpin Act for collaboration with designated drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa in the movement of millions of dollars of narcotics-related proceeds. Harb’s Colombia- and Venezuela-based organization launders money for the Joumaa network through the Lebanese financial sector. Chibli used his position as the manager of the Abbassieh branch of Fenicia Bank in Lebanon to facilitate the movement of money for Joumaa and Harb. For example, in 2010, Joumaa moved over a million dollars into an account owned by Harb and managed by Chibli. Harb is a dual citizen of Venezuela and Lebanon, and Chibli is a Lebanese national.

Ali Mohamad Saleh

Ali Mohamad Saleh, a Lebanese Colombian national, is also being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224 as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for acting for or on behalf of and providing financial, material, or technological support to Hizballah. Saleh is a key Hizballah facilitator who has directed and coordinated Hizballah activity in Colombia. He is a former Hizballah fighter with knowledge of Hizballah operations plans due to his contact with Hizballah authorities in Lebanon. As of July 2010, Saleh was a contact of Hizballah’s Foreign Relations Department and has maintained communication with suspected Hizballah operatives in Venezuela, Germany, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Saleh was the acting leader of a Hizballah support cell in Maicao, Colombia that raised funds for transfer to Hizballah. In this role, Saleh solicited donations for Hizballah from business owners and residents. Saleh coordinated the transfer of checks and U.S. dollars by courier from Maicao via Venezuela to Hizballah in Lebanon. He was previously designated under the Kingpin Act on December 29, 2011, for his role as a Maicao based money launderer for the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, which is linked to the Joumaa network. Saleh is the brother of Joumaa-network associate Kassem Mohamad Saleh, who was also named today under the Kingpin Act for his role in supporting Abbas Hussein Harb.

Additional Kingpin Designations

Ali Houssein Harb (Abbas Hussein Harb’s brother) and Kassem Mohamad Saleh (Ali Mohamad Saleh’s brother) were also designated under the Kingpin Act today for their links to the Joumaa network. Ali Houssein Harb and Kassem Mohamad Saleh are dual citizens of Lebanon and Venezuela. The three companies targeted as part of today’s action under the Kingpin Act for being owned or controlled by Abbas Houssein Harb and/or Kassem Mohamad Saleh are: Importadora Silvania and Bodega Michigan, both based in Colombia, and Importadora Silvania, C.A., based in Venezuela.

BACKGROUND:

Ayman Joumaa was designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act in January 2011 for his role as a high-level money launderer and drug trafficker operating in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Joumaa and his organization laundered proceeds from their illicit activities – as much as $200 million per month – through various channels, including bulk cash smuggling operations and Lebanese exchange houses. Since Treasury’s designation, he was subsequently indicted in November 2011 by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia for being the leader of an international drug trafficking and money laundering network that coordinated multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel destined for the United States and for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in these drug proceeds back to the Colombian suppliers.

Today’s actions, which prohibit U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the designated individuals and entities and freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction, were taken in close coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The DEA investigation of Ayman Joumaa that helped lead to today’s Treasury actions is critical to protecting the U.S. financial system from illicit activity and is another tool used to disrupt and dismantle these drug and money laundering networks,” said DEA Financial Operations Chief John Arvanitis. “These sanctions will go a long way toward ensuring that the entire Joumaa network is brought to justice.”

This action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,100 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

Today’s action also highlights the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to target terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or to acts of terrorism, isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Hizballah was listed as a Specially Designated Terrorist on the annex to E.O. 12947 of January 23, 1995. The U.S. Department of State designated Hizballah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. Additionally, on October 31, 2001, Hizballah was designated by the State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224.

To view a chart of the Ayman Joumaa affiliates, click here.

Identifying Information

Name: Ali Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALAH

AKA: Ali Mohamed SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALEH

AKA: Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir SALIH

DOB: 1 Jan 1974

POB: Adchit, Lebanon

Colombian Cedula No.: 1124006380

Colombian Passport: AJ911608

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 2071362

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 1183967

Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL

Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA

Name: Ibrahim CHIBLI

AKA: Ibrahim SHIBLI SHIBLI

DOB: 10 Oct 1965

POB: Sour, Lebanon

Nationality: Lebanon

Name: Abbas Hussein HARB

AKA: Abass Hussein HARB

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia;

Address: Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia

DOB: 11 Nov 1979

POB: Lebanon

Venezuelan Passport: 1368212

Colombian NIT #: 6390001813

Venezuelan National ID No.: 21495203

Alt. Venezuelan National ID No.: 22465548

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264521

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398329

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 076592

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 041789

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Name: Ali Houssein HARB

AKA: Ali Hussein HARB

Address: Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

Address: Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

DOB: 11 Aug 1976

alt. DOB: 19 Aug 1976

Nationality: Lebanese

Venezuelan National ID No.: 26405022

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 254291

Name: Kassem Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Qasim SALEH

Address: Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22,

Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

DOB: 10 Feb 1980

Nationality: Lebanese

Lebanese Passport: 1243712

Colombian NIT #: 6390003192

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264619

Alt. Venezuelan National Foreign ID Number: 22075502

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No 0081931

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

Name: BODEGA MICHIGAN

Address: Calle 10A 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 0081931

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Address: Carerra 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Venezuelan Tax ID No.: RIF J-31069374-9″

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Treasury Targets Alleged Key Panama-based Money Laundering Operation Linked to Mexican and Colombian Drug Cartels

January 3, 2012

VAdvert.co.uk on December 31, 2011 released the following:

“Sophia Jenson

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly (“Cheaitelly”) and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa (“El Khansa”) as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) due to their significant role in international money laundering activities involving drug trafficking proceeds. OFAC also designated nine other individuals and 28 entities in Colombia, Panama, Lebanon, and Hong Kong with ties to Cheaitelly and El Khansa. Today’s action, taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these entities and individuals and freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly runs an extensive money laundering network based in Panama and Colombia with ties to Mexico, Lebanon, and Hong Kong,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating these individuals and companies we are exposing a significant international money laundering network, forcing them out of the international financial system, and undermining their ability to launder drug money through a global support network for the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.”

Treasury took today’s actions in close coordination with investigations by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the New York City Police Department.

“These criminals and their entities operate in the shadows, using sophisticated means and various business fronts to launder drug trafficking proceeds worldwide,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These traffickers and businesses fuel drug trafficking, violence, and corruption. The United States Government will use all available law enforcement tools to attack and defeat these global criminal networks and their facilitators.”

Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly leads a Panama-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization that stretches across the globe, spanning the Americas, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. Today’s action targets key Colombian members of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, including Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Barranquilla-based drug trafficker Benny Issa Fawaz and Maicao-based money launderer Ali Mohamad Saleh. Cheaitelly’s key financial associates are also targeted, including his siblings, Jaime Fadlallah Cheaytelli, Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelli Saheli, and Fatima Fadlallath Cheaitilly, and two Lebanon-based associates, Fawaz Mohamad Rahall and Ahmed El Khansa.

Today’s action also targets 28 companies controlled by Jorge Cheaitelly and Mohamad El Khansa and their associates in Panama, Colombia and Hong Kong. Among today’s designations are several money exchange businesses in Panama — Eurocambio, S.A., Euro Exchange Y Financial Commerce, Inc. (a.k.a. Eurex) and General Commerce Overseas, Inc. ­– as well as Junior International S.A., Global Technology Import & Export, S.A. (GTI), and Fedco Import & Export, S.A., import/export businesses located in Panama’s Colon Free Zone that are part of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa financial network. Junior International S.A. is affiliated with the significant Lebanese drug trafficker and money launderer, Ayman Joumaa, who was designated under the Kingpin Act in January 2011. Cheaitelly replaced Ayman Joumaa as director of Junior International S.A. and continues to operate the company with Joumaa’s brothers who are also designated as narcotics traffickers.

Several front companies located in Maicao, Colombia were also designated, including electronics stores Bodega Electro Giorgio and Almacen Electro Sony Star, general merchandise businesses Family Fedco and Comercial Globanty, and luggage stores Almacen Batul and Comercial Estilo y Moda. Two businesses controlled by Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Agropecuaria La Perla Ltda and KPD S.A., were also designated. OFAC also designated Polyton (Asia) Limited, a company located in Hong Kong, for acting for or on behalf of Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelly Saheli.

Today’s action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

Today, OFAC has added [SDNTK] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

AGROPECUARIA LA PERLA LTDA. (a.k.a. “AGROPERLA”), Calle 18 Norte, No. 3N-24, Oficina 602, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 8002113865 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

AGROPERLA (a.k.a. AGROPECUARIA LA PERLA LTDA.), Calle 18 Norte, No. 3N-24, Oficina 602, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 8002113865 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

ALMACEN BATUL (a.k.a. “BODEGA CAMPEON”), Calle 10A , No. 11A-41/45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 36817 (Colombia); NIT # 639000204-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR (a.k.a. “MICROEMPRESA KHANSA”), Calle 13, No. 10-45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 639000271-8 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

ARBELAEZ VELEZ, Ivan Dario, c/o FARBE COMUNICACIONES LTDA; c/o AGROESPINAL S.A.; DOB 26 Jul 1967; POB Medellin, Colombia; Cedula No. 98541418 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

BODEGA CAMPEON (a.k.a. ALMACEN BATUL), Calle 10A , No. 11A-41/45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 36817 (Colombia); NIT # 639000204-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO, Calle 14 No. 8-67, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 00027344 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

CAFE DU LIBAN, S.A., Avenida Eloy Alfaro, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 36266-1-368869 (Panama) [SDNTK]

CASA DE CAMBIO EUROCAMBIO (a.k.a. EUROCAMBIO, S.A.), Calle Ricardo Arias, Edificio Macondo, Local 2-A, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 17762-1-366473 (Panama) [SDNTK]

CHEAITELLI SAHELI, Guiseppe Ali, c/o POLYTON (ASIA) LIMITED; DOB 10 Feb 1966; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 84046545 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

CHEAITELLY SAHELE, Jorge Ali (a.k.a. FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Jorge; a.k.a. “GIORGIO”), c/o BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO; c/o EUROCAMBIO, S.A.; c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o PRODUCERS GROUP CORP.; c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGIOTELLY, S.A.; c/o III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL; c/o J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A.; c/o SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A.; c/o JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.; DOB 20 Dec 1960; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 17849451 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA, Calle 10A, No. 11A-41/45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 639000204-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

COMERCIAL GLOBANTY, Calle 13, No. 10-19, Local 02, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13, No. 10-36, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 102964 (Colombia); NIT # 56083194-1 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

EDERY CRIVOSEI, Jaime, c/o AGROPECUARIA LA PERLA LTDA.; c/o KPD S.A.; DOB 27 Aug 1957; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 16588834 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

EL KHANSA, Ahmad, c/o GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI); DOB 4 Oct 1967; POB Ghobeiry, Lebanon; Passport RL 0884631 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK]

EL KHANSA, Mohamad Zouheir (a.k.a. TORRES ZAMBRANO, Manuel), c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI); c/o MICRO EMPRESA ASHQUI; DOB 9 Jan 1971; alt. DOB 9 Jan 1970; POB Ghobeiri, Lebanon POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 84077765 (Colombia); Passport RL 0736643 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK]

EUREX (a.k.a. EURO EXCHANGE Y FINANCIAL COMMERCE, INC.), Avenida Eusebio A Morales y Via Veneto – Hotel Veneto, Planta Baja, Local 6, Panama City, Panama; Edificio Servicios Aeroportuarios, Segundo Piso, Local 12, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1652278-1-675861 (Panama) [SDNTK]

EURO EXCHANGE Y FINANCIAL COMMERCE, INC. (a.k.a. “EUREX”), Avenida Eusebio A Morales y Via Veneto – Hotel Veneto, Planta Baja, Local 6, Panama City, Panama; Edificio Servicios Aeroportuarios, Segundo Piso, Local 12, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1652278-1-675861 (Panama) [SDNTK]

EUROCAMBIO, S.A. (a.k.a. “CASA DE CAMBIO EUROCAMBIO”), Calle Ricardo Arias, Edificio Macondo, Local 2-A, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 17762-1-366473 (Panama) [SDNTK]

FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Fatima (a.k.a. FADLALLATH CHEAITILLY, Fatima), c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o COMERCIAL GLOBANTY; DOB 8 Dec 1972; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 56083194 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Jorge (a.k.a. CHEAITELLY SAHELE, Jorge Ali; a.k.a. “GIORGIO”), c/o BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO; c/o EUROCAMBIO, S.A.; c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o PRODUCERS GROUP CORP.; c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGIOTELLY, S.A.; c/o III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL; c/o J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A.; c/o SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A.; c/o JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.; DOB 20 Dec 1960; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 17849451 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FADLALLAH CHEAYTELLI, Jaime, c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o EURO EXCHANGE Y FINANCIAL COMMERCE, INC.; DOB 18 Jul 1967; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 84048039 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FADLALLATH CHEAITILLY, Fatima (a.k.a. FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Fatima), c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o COMERCIAL GLOBANTY; DOB 8 Dec 1972; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 56083194 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FAMILY FEDCO, Calle 13, No. 14-36, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 72204490-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

FARBE COMUNICACIONES LTDA, Carrera 81 A 34, No. C-43, Medellin, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 21-290521-03 (Colombia); NIT # 811030724-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

FEDCO IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A., La Calle 16 Avenue, Santa Isabel, P.O. Box 3114, Zona Libre, Colon, Panama; RUC # 660249-1-461129 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC., Calle Ricardo Arias, Edificio Macondo, Local 2-A, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1109850-1-561818 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A., Panama; RUC # 27216-2-227535 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GIORGIO (a.k.a. CHEAITELLY SAHELE, Jorge Ali; a.k.a. FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Jorge), c/o BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO; c/o EUROCAMBIO, S.A.; c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o PRODUCERS GROUP CORP.; c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGIOTELLY, S.A.; c/o III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL; c/o J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A.; c/o SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A.; c/o JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.; DOB 20 Dec 1960; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 17849451 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A., Panama; RUC # 31850-2-245132 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GIORGIOTELLY, S.A., Panama; RUC # 33518-38-252229 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI), Calle 50 Y 53 Marbella, Edificio Plaza 2000, Piso 7, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1061547-1-549692 (Panama) [SDNTK]

III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL, Panama; RUC # 16927-1-366365 (Panama) [SDNTK]

ISSA FAUSE, Benny (a.k.a. ISSA FAWAZ, Benny), Calle 12, No. 10-79, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13, No. 7-49, Barrio El Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; c/o FAMILY FEDCO; c/o FEDCO IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A.; DOB 29 Sep 1974; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 72204490 (Colombia); Passport 72204490 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

ISSA FAWAZ, Benny (a.k.a. ISSA FAUSE, Benny), Calle 12, No. 10-79, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13, No. 7-49, Barrio El Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; c/o FAMILY FEDCO; c/o FEDCO IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A.; DOB 29 Sep 1974; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 72204490 (Colombia); Passport 72204490 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A., Panama; RUC # 46110-70-302460 (Panama) [SDNTK]

JUNIOR INTERNACIONAL S.A. (a.k.a. JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.), Panama; RUC # 17458-23-164253 (Panama) [SDNTK]

JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A. (a.k.a. JUNIOR INTERNACIONAL S.A.), Panama; RUC # 17458-23-164253 (Panama) [SDNTK]

KPD S.A., Calle 18 Norte, No. 3N-24, Oficina 602, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 9000420320 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

MICRO EMPRESA ASHQUI, Carrera 10, No. 12-51, Apt. 301, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 0036550 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

MICROEMPRESA KHANSA (a.k.a. ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR), Calle 13, No. 10-45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 639000271-8 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A., Panama; RUC # 21523-11-193299 (Panama) [SDNTK]

POLYTON (ASIA) LIMITED, 20-F China Overseas Building, 139 Hennesy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Business Registration Document # 38365991 (Hong Kong) [SDNTK]

PRODUCERS GROUP CORP., Panama; RUC # 59443-40-344348 (Panama) [SDNTK]

RAHALL, Fawaz Mohamad, Calle 122, No. 11B-37, Colombia; DOB 23 Feb 1969; POB Lala, Lebanon; Cedula No. 5176876 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALEH, Ali Mohamad, c/o ALMACEN BATUL; c/o COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA; DOB 1 Jan 1974; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP., Panama; RUC # 45579-11-300568 (Panama) [SDNTK]

SILVER HOUSE, INC., Panama; RUC # 1258011-1-80105701 (Panama) [SDNTK]

TORRES ZAMBRANO, Manuel (a.k.a. EL KHANSA, Mohamad Zouheir), c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI); c/o MICRO EMPRESA ASHQUI; DOB 9 Jan 1971; alt. DOB 9 Jan 1970; POB Ghobeiri, Lebanon POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 84077765 (Colombia); Passport RL 0736643 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK]

ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A., Panama; RUC # 31906-42-245391 (Panama) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Key Panama-based Money Laundering Operation Linked to Mexican and Colombian Drug Cartels

12/29/2011

“WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly (“Cheaitelly”) and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa (“El Khansa”) as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) due to their significant role in international money laundering activities involving drug trafficking proceeds. OFAC also designated nine other individuals and 28 entities in Colombia, Panama, Lebanon, and Hong Kong with ties to Cheaitelly and El Khansa. Today’s action, taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these entities and individuals and freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly runs an extensive money laundering network based in Panama and Colombia with ties to Mexico, Lebanon, and Hong Kong,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating these individuals and companies we are exposing a significant international money laundering network, forcing them out of the international financial system, and undermining their ability to launder drug money through a global support network for the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.”

Treasury took today’s actions in close coordination with investigations by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the New York City Police Department.

“These criminals and their entities operate in the shadows, using sophisticated means and various business fronts to launder drug trafficking proceeds worldwide,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These traffickers and businesses fuel drug trafficking, violence, and corruption. The United States Government will use all available law enforcement tools to attack and defeat these global criminal networks and their facilitators.”

Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly leads a Panama-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization that stretches across the globe, spanning the Americas, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. Today’s action targets key Colombian members of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, including Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Barranquilla-based drug trafficker Benny Issa Fawaz and Maicao-based money launderer Ali Mohamad Saleh. Cheaitelly’s key financial associates are also targeted, including his siblings, Jaime Fadlallah Cheaytelli, Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelli Saheli, and Fatima Fadlallath Cheaitilly, and two Lebanon-based associates, Fawaz Mohamad Rahall and Ahmed El Khansa.

Today’s action also targets 28 companies controlled by Jorge Cheaitelly and Mohamad El Khansa and their associates in Panama, Colombia and Hong Kong. Among today’s designations are several money exchange businesses in Panama — Eurocambio, S.A., Euro Exchange Y Financial Commerce, Inc. (a.k.a. Eurex) and General Commerce Overseas, Inc. ­– as well as Junior International S.A., Global Technology Import & Export, S.A. (GTI), and Fedco Import & Export, S.A., import/export businesses located in Panama’s Colon Free Zone that are part of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa financial network. Junior International S.A. is affiliated with the significant Lebanese drug trafficker and money launderer, Ayman Joumaa, who was designated under the Kingpin Act in January 2011. Cheaitelly replaced Ayman Joumaa as director of Junior International S.A. and continues to operate the company with Joumaa’s brothers who are also designated as narcotics traffickers.

Several front companies located in Maicao, Colombia were also designated, including electronics stores Bodega Electro Giorgio and Almacen Electro Sony Star, general merchandise businesses Family Fedco and Comercial Globanty, and luggage stores Almacen Batul and Comercial Estilo y Moda. Two businesses controlled by Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Agropecuaria La Perla Ltda and KPD S.A., were also designated. OFAC also designated Polyton (Asia) Limited, a company located in Hong Kong, for acting for or on behalf of Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelly Saheli.

Today’s action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.”

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Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.