OFAC: “Treasury Targets Honduran Drug Trafficking Organization and Its Network”

August 25, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 20, 2014 released the following:

Los Valles Organization Targeted for OFAC Sanctions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras and Honduran national Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act. Today’s action also targets Luis Alonso and Jose Reynerio Valle Valle, who materially assist and act for and on behalf of their brother Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle and the Los Valles drug trafficking organization. Treasury also sanctioned four Honduran businesses tied to the Valle Valle brothers. Today’s action prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these designees, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The Los Valles drug trafficking organization is one of the most prolific Central American narcotics trafficking organizations. The group, led by Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, is responsible for the distribution of tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine per month directly into the United States. The Los Valles organization employs a combination of brutal violence and public corruption in order to keep a stronghold on their base of operations in Copan, Honduras. Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, Luis Alonso Valle Valle, and Jose Reynerio Valle Valle operate their criminal organization as a close-knit family business and launder their narcotics proceeds via a network of companies, including three coffee production companies in Honduras, Inversiones Yosary, Inversiones Luisito, and Inversiones Valle. They also own a cattle and milk production business named Finca Los Tres Reyes. All four of these Honduran businesses were designated today by Treasury.

Earlier this week on August 17, Honduran authorities embarked on an asset seizure operation against more than 40 properties belonging to the Los Valles drug trafficking organization. This operation comes on the heels of the July 2014 arrest in the United States of Digna Valle Valle, the sister of the Valle Valle brothers, on U.S. federal drug charges.

“Today’s designation, coupled with the actions taken by the Honduran government early this week, is another example of our continued coordinated effort to dismantle this illicit organization,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “OFAC stands with the Honduran authorities to combat the drug trafficking threat and protect the U.S. financial system from their illicit proceeds.”

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command-Arizona and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security also provided support for this designation.

Since June 2000 more than 1600 individuals and entities have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking. 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 of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code.

View a chart of the Los Valles network.”

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U.S. Department of the Treasury: “Treasury Targets “Los Cachiros” Drug Trafficking Organization in Honduras”

September 19, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on September 19, 2013 released the following:

“Action Sanctions Individuals and Businesses Linked to Los Cachiros

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of seven individuals and five businesses tied to the Honduran drug trafficking organization, Los Cachiros. The individuals designated include the leaders of Los Cachiros, brothers Javier Eriberto Rivera Maradiaga and Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga, who play a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. Treasury also designated the following associates, among which are family members of the brothers, for the role they play in supporting the international narcotics trafficking activities of the brothers and the organization: Santos Isidro Rivera Cardona (father), Esperanza Caridad Maradiaga Lopez (mother), Maira Lizeth Rivera Maradiaga (sister), Santos Isidro Rivera Maradiaga (brother), and Bismarck Antonio Lira Jiron (a Nicaraguan cell leader for Los Cachiros). In addition, the five designated businesses are being used by the group to further the organization’s drug trafficking activities and launder illicit proceeds.

“Los Cachiros is a violent drug trafficking organization in Honduras whose members plow illicit drug proceeds into businesses and properties in order to gain public legitimacy and launder their wealth,” said Treasury’s Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Adam J. Szubin. “Treasury will continue its work to disrupt the criminal activities of Los Cachiros members and expose them for what they are – drug traffickers and money launderers.”

Today’s action would not be possible without the support and cooperation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Department of State, and the Government of Honduras.

“Drug traffickers and money launderers are put on notice: DEA in coordination with our foreign partners will identify, investigate, indict, and seek extradition of international drug traffickers and money launderers. We will seize their assets and ensure they will face justice for distributing illegal drugs. The Los Cachiros organization will be held accountable for their federal drug trafficking crimes,” said DEA’s Acting Deputy Chief of Operations for the Office of Financial Operations Brian M. McKnight.

This action marks the U.S. Government’s second action against Los Cachiros in four months. In May 2013, the President identified Los Cachiros as a significant foreign narcotics trafficking group pursuant to the Kingpin Act. Today’s action generally prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with these designees and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Los Cachiros coordinates the movement of drugs to and from Honduras for Colombian and Mexican drug trafficking organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel. Los Cachiros employs land, air, and sea conveyances in its movement of drugs, and its activities have been linked to seizures of cocaine in Central America. It is reported that Los Cachiros controls 90 percent of the clandestine airstrips in Honduras, and it uses these airstrips to facilitate the entry of drugs into Honduras and Guatemala.

In August 2012, Nicaraguan authorities charged Los Cachiros leader, Javier Eriberto Rivera Maradiaga, and Nicaraguan associate, Bismarck Antonio Lira Jiron, with conspiracy in the international transport of illicit drugs, money laundering, illicit financing of narcotics, and organized crime. Nicaraguan authorities arrested Lira Jiron that same month.

The Honduran businesses targeted today are directed, owned, or controlled by Javier Eriberto Rivera Maradiaga or Devis Leonel Rivera Maradiaga or other family members who act on behalf of the brothers and their organization. The identified family businesses include: Ganaderos Agricultores del Norte, S. de R.L. de C.V.(cattle and agriculture); Palma del Bajo Aguan, S.A. (African palm oil production); Minera Mi Esperanza, S.A. (mining manufacturing); Inmobiliaria Rivera Maradiaga, S.A. de C.V. (road construction); and Inversiones Turisticas Joya Grande, S.A. de C.V. (zoo and eco-tourist park).

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,300 individuals and entities linked to 103 drug kingpins since June 2000. OFAC designations are part of an ongoing effort to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. 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.

For a chart relating to today’s actions click here

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“Sanctions Placed on Eight Sinaloa Cartel Bosses Operating Along the Border”

May 11, 2013

blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com on May 10, 2013 released the following:

By Weston Phippen

“The U.S. Department of Treasury placed sanctions on eight Mexican cartel bosses in the north of the country, each of whom controls smuggling routes and cities for the Sinaloa Cartel called “plazas.”

The Sinaloa Cartel is the largest and oldest of the Mexican cartels. Throughout the drug war and internecine battles between smuggling groups, the Sinaloa Cartel has managed to remain fairly intact. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is believed to be the leader of the criminal group, and Forbes has listed Guzman as one of the most powerful people in world, estimating his net worth to be around $1 billion.(Forbes took Guzman off their 2013 list.)

The eight men accused of working for the Cartel have been designated as drug smugglers under the Kingpin Act, which freezes any assets in the U.S. the men might have had and outlaws Americans from doing business with them.

“Today’s designation marks another step in [the Office of Foreign Assets Control] efforts to specifically target the narcotics traffickers responsible for the horrific acts of violence committed along the Arizona border with Mexico,” Adam Szubin, director of the OFAC, said Tuesday.

The eight bosses named are Cenobio Flores Pacheco (a.k.a. “Luis Fernando Castro Villa”), Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez, Guillermo Nieblas Nava (a.k.a. “Adelmo Niebla Gonzalez”), Ramon Ignacio Paez Soto, Felipe De Jesus Sosa Canisales, Armando Lopez Aispuro, Jose Javier Rascon Ramirez, and Raul Sabori Cisneros, all operate as plaza bosses for the Sinaloa Cartel.

They’re accused of controlling smuggling operations along the 375 mile U.S.-Mexico border, including Arizona border towns like Sonoyta, Nogales and Agua Prieta. The bosses each run a town used as a shipping point for drugs, and also oversee the flow of guns and cash from the U.S. back to Mexico to fuel their war and increase their market share of smuggling routes.

The Sinaloa Cartel is also thought to play a major role in the kidnappings and murders across Mexico. Some experts put the death toll in Mexico because of drug violence around 100,000.

Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman says the new designation will hurt the group’s ability to launder their money.

“In order to put organizations like the Sinaloa Cartel out of business, we must continue to utilize every tool available to ensure that these criminal groups and their associates cannot exploit the U.S. financial system,” Coleman says.

Here’s a picture that points out each of the bosses and the plaza they control (Click here to view a larger image).

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“Treasury identifies dangerous Mexican cartel bosses”

May 7, 2013

TheHill.com on May 7, 2013 released the following:

By Megan R. Wilson

“The Treasury Department on Tuesday said it has identified eight key members of a Mexican drug cartel after a yearlong investigation, setting off a chain reaction of enforcement measures.

Pinpointing and calling out plaza bosses of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel is an “important” victory, federal officials said on Tuesday, but they say actions are only beginning.

The eight men are strategically located along a 375-mile stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border and act as gatekeepers for drugs and other illegal goods smuggled into or out of the United States.

In order of their outpost from west to east, the men are: Cenobio Flores Pacheco, Armando Lopez Aispuro, Guillermo Nieblas Nava, Raul Sabori Cisneros, Ramon Ignacio Paez Soto, Felipe De Jesus Sosa Canisales, Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez and Jose Javier Rascon Ramirez – most of them also have aliases.

They depend on violence and hit men to keep power in their designated area, according to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), the agency tasked with enforcing financial sanctions on named terrorists and drug smugglers.

The DEA, OFAC and the Customs and Border Protection worked together with the Mexican government to compile evidence against the men, said OFAC Director Adam Szubin.

By bringing out these “pretty serious players,” Szubin said in a call with reporters, law enforcement will begin to see “follow-on” effects, including people being more aware of the individuals, denying them access to formal banking processes – and hopefully, arrests and fines.

“In order to put organizations like the Sinaloa Cartel out of business, we must continue to utilize every tool available to ensure that these criminal groups and their associates cannot exploit the U.S. financial system,” said Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent in charge, Doug Coleman.

The actions come on the heels of President Obama’s trip to Mexico, and members of law enforcement, Treasury and immigration agencies thanked authorities south of the border for helping with the investigations.

Special Agent Carl Pike, with the Drug Enforcement Agency, said the Sinaloa Cartel is the oldest and most established in Mexico. As other cartels are growing weaker because of in-house fighting, Sinaloa is only growing stronger, he said.

This is the fifteenth sanctioning action Treasury has taken against members of the cartel, or shell corporations it uses to launder money, since last January.

Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, and Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia run the organized crime and drug trafficking organization, which is named after the region in Mexico where it was formed.

The Sinaloa Cartel controls 80 percent of the methamphetamine trade in the U.S., Mexico and Asia, according to a report released by Mexican researchers last month. It also deals cocaine, marijuana and opiates.

Since June 2000, more than 95 individuals have been identified as drug kingpins and OFAC designated more than 1,200 businesses and individuals. Civil penalties for violating the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act are upwards of $1 million per violation, with even stricter criminal charges – upwards of $5 million to $10 million in fines, and up to 30 years in prison.”

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Treasury’s OFAC Designates Alleged Honduran Drug Traffickers

April 9, 2013

U.S. Department of the Treasury on April 9, 2013 released the following:

Action Targets Honduran Link to Colombian and Mexican Narcotics Operations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) today announced the designation of Honduran national Jose Miguel Handal Perez (a.k.a. “Chepe Handal”), as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (“SDNT”) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (“Kingpin Act”). Also designated today are Handal’s wife, Ena Elizabeth Hernandez Amaya; his father, Jose Miguel Handal Larach; and several of Handal’s companies located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Companies designated today include Corporación Handal, which is comprised of various business ventures including a general merchandise and auto parts store, Supertiendas & Autopartes Handal, JM Troya, a motorcycle brand, and Cleopatra’s, a clothing store. Today’s actions generally prohibit U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these designees, and also freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Chepe Handal is the head of a Honduran-based drug trafficking organization (“DTO”) responsible for the coordination and distribution of multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombian sources of supply into Honduras. These supplies are distributed to Mexican DTOs, including the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, led respectively by Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera and Miguel Trevino Morales. Handal invests in and coordinates the receipt of drug-laden aircraft departing from Apure, Venezuela into Honduras via clandestine airstrips. He also facilities the movement of these drug shipments out of Honduras by land to Guatemala, where members of Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel take possession.

“Chepe Handal plays a critical role in the transportation and distribution of drug shipments between South America and the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “Today’s action underscores OFAC’s commitment to targeting and disrupting key facilitators of the drug trade wherever they may be.”

On March 3, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida indicted Chepe Handal with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine with knowledge that it will be unlawfully imported into the United States.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami Field Division, Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, “Freezing the assets of international drug traffickers like Chepe Handal is akin to taking the weapons from their trafficking arsenal. Chepe Handal will be brought to justice and his criminal enterprise dismantled.”

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. Since June 2000 OFAC has identified 97 drug kingpins and designated more than 1,200 businesses and individuals. 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 of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code.

To view a chart of the Chepe Handal organization, click here

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

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 list:

ADMINISTRADORA DEL ORIENTE (a.k.a. ESTACION GUADALUPE; a.k.a. HOTEL REGENTE), Guatemala; NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA H.L.P. (a.k.a. GASOLINERA JESUS MARIA; a.k.a. TRANSPORTES LC), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 557109K (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA H.L.T., La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; Folio Mercantil No. 227138 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA W.L. (a.k.a. SERVICENTRO LA GRAN VIA), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 4965647 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

ESTACION GUADALUPE (a.k.a. ADMINISTRADORA DEL ORIENTE; a.k.a. HOTEL REGENTE), Guatemala; NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

GASOLINERA JESUS MARIA (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA H.L.P.; a.k.a. TRANSPORTES LC), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 557109K (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

HOTEL REGENTE (a.k.a. ADMINISTRADORA DEL ORIENTE; a.k.a. ESTACION GUADALUPE), Guatemala; NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA LORENZANA, S.A. (a.k.a. IMPORTADORA Y EXPORTADORA LORENZANA), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 35599 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA Y EXPORTADORA LORENZANA (a.k.a. IMPORTADORA LORENZANA, S.A.), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 35599 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

INVERSIONES IRIS MANUELA, S.A. (a.k.a. SERVICENTRO DEL LAGO; a.k.a. SERVIFIESTAS ELEGANCE), Guatemala City, Guatemala; NIT # 2688827-0 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

LOLALIMES, La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala [SDNTK].

LORENZANA CORDON, Marta Julia, La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; DOB 18 Jun 1976; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; citizen Guatemala; Cedula No. R19 5468 (Guatemala); NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK].

LORENZANA CORDON, Ovaldino, La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; DOB 06 Aug 1968; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; citizen Guatemala; Cedula No. R19 3934 (Guatemala); NIT # 4968093 (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK].

OBRA CIVIL Y CARRETERAS (a.k.a. TRANSPORTES J.L. CORDON), Guatemala; NIT # 4985931 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

SERVICENTRO DEL LAGO (a.k.a. INVERSIONES IRIS MANUELA, S.A.; a.k.a. SERVIFIESTAS ELEGANCE), Guatemala City, Guatemala; NIT # 2688827-0 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

SERVICENTRO LA GRAN VIA (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA W.L.), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 4965647 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

SERVIFIESTAS ELEGANCE (a.k.a. INVERSIONES IRIS MANUELA, S.A.; a.k.a. SERVICENTRO DEL LAGO), Guatemala City, Guatemala; NIT # 2688827-0 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

TRANSPORTES J.L. CORDON (a.k.a. OBRA CIVIL Y CARRETERAS), Guatemala; NIT # 4985931 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

TRANSPORTES LC (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA H.L.P.; a.k.a. GASOLINERA JESUS MARIA), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 557109K (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

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Treasury Designates Lorenzana Family Members and Businesses Allied with the Sinaloa Cartel

11/14/2012

Action Targets Powerful Guatemalan Drug Trafficker

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated two key operatives connected to Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, one of Guatemala’s most powerful drug traffickers, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). For years, Waldemar Lorenzana Lima has used his businesses and agricultural holdings in La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala as a front for the northbound movement of drugs through Guatemala. Today, OFAC designated Ovaldino Lorenzana Cordon and Marta Julia Lorenzana Cordon for their role in the drug trafficking activities of their father, Lorenzana Lima as well as the Lorenzana family’s extensive business network.

In April 2010, OFAC designated Lorenzana Lima and three of his sons for their role in facilitating the narcotics-trafficking activities of the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala. Today’s action prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the eight designated entities and two designated individuals, and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Treasury will continue to target major drug cartels wherever they are operating, including family organizations that work together to traffic narcotics. Today’s designation of Marta Julia and Ovaldino Lorenzana Cordon, members of one of Guatemala’s most significant crime families, along with the Lorenzanas’ business network, allows us to continue our efforts to dismantle transnational drug trafficking organizations operating in Guatemala,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin.

The Lorenzana drug trafficking organization plays a key role in facilitating cocaine trafficking between Colombia and Mexico. Through their connections with Colombian suppliers, they utilize their home country of Guatemala as a staging point for cocaine shipments. Once the cocaine arrives in Guatemala, the Lorenzana family works with the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic cocaine into Mexico and, eventually, the United States. Guatemalan authorities arrested Lorenzana Lima and one of his sons, Eliu Elixander Lorenzana Cordon, in April 2011 and November 2011, respectively. They remain in custody pending extradition to the U.S.​
The designations announced today are the latest in a series of efforts by OFAC to thwart transnational drug cartels, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, which are responsible for distributing significant amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine to the United States. President Obama identified the Sinaloa Cartel as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Kingpin Act in April 2009.

Today’s action, supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is part of OFAC’s ongoing efforts under the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers worldwide. Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals linked to 97 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 of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code.

View a chart of the Lorenzana organization.​”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on September 6, 2012

September 10, 2012

On September 6, 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 list:

LOPEZ PEREZ, Gricelda (a.k.a. LOPEZ PEREZ, Griselda Natividad; a.k.a. PEREZ ROJO, Karla), Cerro de las Siete Gotas #642, Fraccionamiento Colinas de San Miguel, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 19 Aug 1959; alt. DOB 30 Dec 1966; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; C.U.R.P. LOPG590819MSLPRR04 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. LOPG661230MSLPRR04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

LOPEZ PEREZ, Griselda Natividad (a.k.a. LOPEZ PEREZ, Gricelda; a.k.a. PEREZ ROJO, Karla), Cerro de las Siete Gotas #642, Fraccionamiento Colinas de San Miguel, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 19 Aug 1959; alt. DOB 30 Dec 1966; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; C.U.R.P. LOPG590819MSLPRR04 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. LOPG661230MSLPRR04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

PEREZ ROJO, Karla (a.k.a. LOPEZ PEREZ, Gricelda; a.k.a. LOPEZ PEREZ, Griselda Natividad), Cerro de las Siete Gotas #642, Fraccionamiento Colinas de San Miguel, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 19 Aug 1959; alt. DOB 30 Dec 1966; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; C.U.R.P. LOPG590819MSLPRR04 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. LOPG661230MSLPRR04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

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Treasury Targets the Second Wife of Chapo Guzman

9/6/2012
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of Griselda Lopez Perez, a wife of fugitive drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, who plays a key role in his drug trafficking organization. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with this individual, and also freezes any assets she may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
“Today marks the third time in the past five months that OFAC has targeted family members who act on behalf of Chapo Guzman,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “This action builds on Treasury’s aggressive efforts, alongside its law enforcement partners, to target individuals who facilitate Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking operations.”

“DEA and its partners are attacking Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking operations at every level, using the law enforcement tools available to bring these criminals to justice,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “This is another strike against the brutal Sinaloa Cartel and Chapo’s wife, who has served as a major criminal facilitator on his behalf.”

OFAC is designating Griselda Lopez Perez for her role in the operations of Guzman Loera’s drug trafficking organization, including her efforts to assist Guzman Loera in evading justice. Additionally, Griselda Lopez Perez provides material support to the drug trafficking activities of her husband. Guzman Loera was identified by the President as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2001.

Today’s action would not have been possible without the key support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also assisted with today’s action.

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals linked to 97 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 could 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.

To view a chart of the Chapo Guzman organization, click here.”

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