Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on June 20, 2012

July 12, 2012

On June 20, 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:

BARAKZAI, Shah Mohammad; DOB 01 Jan 1979; POB Nava, Lash Kargah, Afghanistan; nationality Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: New AHMADI LTD..

DOCTOR (a.k.a. HADI, Abdul); DOB 01 Oct 1979; POB Nawzad District of Helmand Province; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

HADI, Abdul (a.k.a. “DOCTOR”); DOB 01 Oct 1979; POB Nawzad District of Helmand Province; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

MOHAMMAD WALI MONEY EXCHANGE (a.k.a. NEW AHMADY LTD. KANDAHAR), Sarafi Market, Fourth Floor, Shop #1, Kandahar, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

MOHAMMAD, Haji Baz; DOB 12 Mar 1964; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADI COMPANY LTD (a.k.a. NEW AHMADI LTD.; a.k.a. NEW AHMADY LTD), Sarafi Market, Shop 48/49, Gereshk, Gereshk, Helmand, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADI LTD. (a.k.a. NEW AHMADI COMPANY LTD; a.k.a. NEW AHMADY LTD), Sarafi Market, Shop 48/49, Gereshk, Gereshk, Helmand, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADY LTD (a.k.a. NEW AHMADI COMPANY LTD; a.k.a. NEW AHMADI LTD.), Sarafi Market, Shop 48/49, Gereshk, Gereshk, Helmand, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADY LTD. KANDAHAR (a.k.a. MOHAMMAD WALI MONEY EXCHANGE), Sarafi Market, Fourth Floor, Shop #1, Kandahar, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

WALI, Mohammad; DOB 02 Dec 1975; alt. DOB 02 Oct 1975; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: MOHAMMAD WALI MONEY EXCHANGE.

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Treasury Sanctions Afghan Narcotics Trafficking Network

6/20/2012
​Action Targets Barakzai Network Including Affiliated Money Exchange Houses

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Shah Mohammad Barakzai and Haji Baz Mohammad for their significant roles in international narcotics trafficking, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Treasury also designated under the Kingpin Act two other individuals and two entities located in Afghanistan for their support to Shah Mohammad Barakzai and his organization. Barakzai was arrested and sentenced for operating as a narcotics trafficker in Afghanistan in 2011 by Afghan counter narcotics authorities. Today’s action targets Barakzai’s network and its illicit financial activity. The Kingpin Act prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and entities, and it freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Today’s designation builds on Afghan efforts to disrupt heroin trafficking from Afghanistan,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin. “We will continue to work to expose the support mechanisms for this illicit activity, by targeting the individuals involved and their affiliated businesses and financial networks, including exchange houses.”

Barakzai is the head of a drug trafficking organization based in Gereshk, Afghanistan.
In addition to Barakzai, who has been convicted and sentenced in Afghanistan for operating as a narcotics trafficker, Treasury is also naming the following drug trafficking associates of Barakzai: Abdul “Doctor” Hadi, who used his pharmaceutical background to process opium for Barakzai’s network; Haji Baz Mohammad, who controls opium cultivation and transportation for the network; and Mohammad Wali, who served as the main financial conduit for the network in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Also named as part of the network are two exchange houses used by Barakzai’s organization. They include Barakzai’s exchange house, New Ahmadi Ltd., and the Mohammad Wali Money Exchange controlled by his associate Mohammad Wali.

The investigation that led to these designations was the result of collaborative efforts of Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Financing Operation Section and the Afghan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC). The ATFC is a tactically-focused, interagency fusion center in Afghanistan that collects, analyzes and disseminates relevant financial intelligence on individuals and organizations involved in financing the Afghan insurgency.

Today’s action is part of Treasury’s ongoing efforts to use the Kingpin Act to target the financial and support networks of narcotics traffickers worldwide. Internationally, the Treasury Department has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals 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 serious 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 pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.”

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Treasury Places Sanctions On Wife and Son of Sinaloa Cartel Leader

June 7, 2012

The Wall Street Journal on June 7, 2012 released the following:

“By Samuel Rubenfeld

The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it slapped sanctions on two key operatives of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Kingpin Act sanctions were placed on Maria Alajandrina Salazar Hernandez and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the wife and son of drug “Chapo” Guzman, who leads the Sinaloa cartel, Treasury said.

“Today marks the sixth time in the past year that OFAC has targeted and exposed operatives of the Chapo Guzman organization,” said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a statement.

Guzman and the Sinaloa cartel were identified by the president as foreign narcotics traffickers under the Kingpin Act in 2001 and 2009, the statement said. Guzman and his son were indicted in the U.S. on multiple drug trafficking charges in August 2009.

Salazar provides support to the drug activities of her husband and the cartel more broadly, Treasury said.

“This action builds on Treasury’s aggressive efforts, alongside its law enforcement partners, to target individuals who facilitate Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking operations and to pursue the eventual dismantlement of his organization, which is culpable in untold violence,” Szubin said.

The action freezes their assets and prohibits anyone from doing business with them. Treasury said OFAC has placed Kingpin Act sanctions on more than 1,100 businesses and individuals linked to 97 drug lords since June 2000.”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers named under the Kingpin Act [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on June 7, 2012

June 7, 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:

GUZMAN LOERA, Alfredo (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Alejandro; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Jesus Alfredo), Cerrada Nayar No. 222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606 B, Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mango 2129, Colonia Paraisos del Colli, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle 3 De Mayo #16, Texcalame, Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Rincon del Abedul 126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Guadalupe #5105, Colonia Jardines Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Empresarios 35, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 May 1986; alt. DOB 17 May 1983; POB Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; C.U.R.P. GUSJ860517HJCZLS06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Alejandro (a.k.a. GUZMAN LOERA, Alfredo; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Jesus Alfredo), Cerrada Nayar No. 222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606 B, Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mango 2129, Colonia Paraisos del Colli, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle 3 De Mayo #16, Texcalame, Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Rincon del Abedul 126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Guadalupe #5105, Colonia Jardines Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Empresarios 35, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 May 1986; alt. DOB 17 May 1983; POB Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; C.U.R.P. GUSJ860517HJCZLS06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Jesus Alfredo (a.k.a. GUZMAN LOERA, Alfredo; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Alejandro), Cerrada Nayar No. 222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606 B, Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mango 2129, Colonia Paraisos del Colli, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle 3 De Mayo #16, Texcalame, Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Rincon del Abedul 126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Guadalupe #5105, Colonia Jardines Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Empresarios 35, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 May 1986; alt. DOB 17 May 1983; POB Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; C.U.R.P. GUSJ860517HJCZLS06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A (a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria Alejandrina (a.k.a. HERNANDEZ SALAZAR, Maria A; a.k.a. SALAZAR DE GUZMAN, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ DE GUZMAN, Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandra; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Alejandrina Maria; a.k.a. SALAZAR HERNANDEZ, Maria A), Avenida Nayar #222, Colonia Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pablo Neruda #4341-E9, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Mexico Independiente #733, Colonia Conjunto Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle GK Chesterton #184, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Hidalgo 20 Naucalpan, Mexico City, DF, Mexico; Calle Quebec 606-B, Colonia Prados Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico; Avenida Manuel Acuna 2929 C-6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Mexico; Calle Herrera y Cairo 2800, Local C6, Fraccionamiento Terranova, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Rinconada del Abedul #126, Colonia Rinconada Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Conchas Chinas Condominiums, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Central 1191-35, Condominio Malaga, Colonia Parques de la Castellana, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Local 9 Zona E, Plaza Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 17 Jul 1958; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SAHA580717MSLLRL07 (Mexico); Passport 140302262 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAHA580717AP6 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Operatives of Sinaloa Cartel

6/7/2012

Sanctions directed against a Son and Wife of Chapo Guzman Loera

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of two key Sinaloa Cartel operatives, Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, a wife and son of drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, respectively. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these two individuals, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Today marks the sixth time in the past year that OFAC has targeted and exposed operatives of the Chapo Guzman organization,” 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 and to pursue the eventual dismantlement of his organization, which is culpable in untold violence.”

OFAC is designating Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar and Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez for their roles in the operations of Guzman Loera’s drug trafficking organization and the Sinaloa Cartel. Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, along with his father Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, was indicted on multiple drug trafficking charges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in August 2009. Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez provides material support to the drug trafficking activities of her husband Guzman Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel were identified by the President as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2001 and 2009, respectively.

Today’s action would not have been possible without the key support of the Drug Enforcement Administration as well as that of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations directorate.

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, see

060712 Chart of Chapo Guzman Organization.pdf

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012

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

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

EL CHAPITO (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

EL FLACO (a.k.a. SALGUEIRO NEVAREZ, Noel), Mexico; DOB 6 Jun 1969; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN LOPEZ, Ovidio, Mexico; DOB 29 Mar 1990; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. GULO900329HSLZPV09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo; a.k.a. “EL CHAPITO”), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo; a.k.a. “EL CHAPITO”), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo; a.k.a. “EL CHAPITO”), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

LIMON SANCHEZ, Ovidio, Calle Plan de Iguala #2951, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 24 Jul 1968; alt. DOB 24 Jun 1968; alt. DOB 16 Oct 1962; POB Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. LISO680724HSLMNV03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALGUEIRO NEVAREZ, Noel (a.k.a. “EL FLACO”), Mexico; DOB 6 Jun 1969; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Sinaloa Cartel

5/8/2012
Action Includes Sanctions against Two of Chapo Guzman’s Sons

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of four key Sinaloa Cartel operatives, including two sons of Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these four individuals, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

OFAC is designating Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Ovidio Guzman Lopez for their roles in their father’s drug trafficking organization and the Sinaloa Cartel. In 2005, Mexican authorities arrested Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar on money laundering charges, but he was later released. Ovidio Guzman Lopez also plays a significant role in his father’s drug trafficking activities. Noel Salgueiro Nevarez is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Chihuahua where a bloody turf war has claimed the lives of thousands. Mexican authorities arrested him in October 2011, and he remains in Mexican custody. Ovidio Limon Sanchez, also currently in Mexican custody, is a major operative for the Sinaloa Cartel in Sinaloa state. He was arrested in November 2011 by Mexican authorities. Additionally, in 2009, a jury in the U.S. District for the Central District of California returned an indictment against Ovidio Limon Sanchez, charging him with multiple counts of drug trafficking.

“OFAC will aggressively target those individuals who facilitate Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking operations, including family members,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “With the Government of Mexico, we are firm in our resolve to dismantle Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking organization.”

Joaquin Guzman Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel were previously identified by the President as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2001 and 2009, respectively.

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “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 DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “DEA is attacking the Sinaloa Cartel and other organizations at every level like never before, so they are put out of business and their leaders are brought to justice.”

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,000 businesses and individuals linked to 94 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.”

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US Sees ‘Worrying Trend’ in Venezuela Drug Trafficking

April 18, 2012

In Sight on April 17, 2012 released the following:

“Written by Christopher Looft

A US Treasury official said that the department had observed a “worrying trend” in drug trafficking in Venezuela in the last two years, and that Henry Silva Rangel, now the country’s defense minister, had called for closer government cooperation with the FARC rebel group.

Adam Szubin [], director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), told El Universal that Defense Minister Henry Rangel Silva, who the department designed as a narcotics traffickers in 2008, “has argued for better cooperation between the Venezuelan government and the FARC.”

Rangel Silva was accused by OFAC of “materially assisting the narcotics trafficking activities” of the Colombian rebel group. A top intelligence official at the time, he was sanctioned along with another intelligence official and the former interior minister for ties to the group. Another four government officials were designated in 2011.

The Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act targets individuals and businesses with suspected ties to international drug trafficking by freezing their US assets and barring US individuals and businesses from commercial ties with them.

Szubin assured the newspaper that “nobody enters OFAC’s list by mistake.”

InSight Crime Analysis
There have long been accusations of ties between the FARC and elements of the Venezeulan government and military. High-ranking members of the rebels’ ruling Secretariat are thought to use the country as a refuge, as well as a source of weapons and medical care.

These accusations were bolstered earlier this year when President Hugo Chavez appointed Rangel, then a high ranking general, as defense minister, despite the accusations that he has helped the FARC to smuggle drugs. His appointment was likely part of efforts by an ailing Chavez to shore up political power. The ties between the two are strong; as military officers, they collaborated in a 1992 coup attempt.

However, since a rapprochement with the Colombian government in 2012, Venezuela has been working more closely with its neighbor to catch and deport members of the rebel group. In March 2012, Venezuelan authorities cooperated with Colombia to capture one of the group’s founding members.”

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U.S. tags Guatemalan as a drug trafficker

April 13, 2012

The Washington Times on April 12, 2012 released the following:

“By Jerry Seper

Guatemalan national Horst Walter Overdick Mejia, described by U.S. law enforcement authorities as a “critical link” in the drug trade between Colombian producers and the violent Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas, has been named by the State Department as a “specially designated narcotics trafficker.”

The designation, under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, prohibits U.S. persons and corporations from conducting financial or commercial transactions with this person and freezes any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment naming Overdick Mejia on charges of narcotics trafficking and firearms violations. He was arrested April 3 in Guatemala and accused of being the head of a major drug trafficking and money laundering organization based in Guatemala.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials described Overdick Mejia as a veteran spice buyer who used his local contacts and his legitimate business acumen to smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine to Mexico and on into the United States.

Many authorities blame Overdick Mejia for bringing Los Zetas into Guatemala in 2008 to eliminate a competing trafficker and later becoming their most important ally in Guatemala. He also laundered millions of U.S. dollars in narcotics proceeds generated by both his own organization as well as Los Zetas, the authorities said.

“These are necessary tools we use to ensure that we put dangerous drug trafficking organizations out of business and ensure they cannot exploit the U.S. financial system,” said John Arvanitis, DEA chief of financial operations. “Overdick Mejia was a vital link between Colombian drug producers and Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas.

“This case is yet another example of the united front that law enforcement and regulators must utilize to ensure that organizations such as this one are put out of business forever,” he said.

Adam J. Szubin, Treasury’s director of the office of foreign assets control (OFAC), said Overdick Mejia’s drug trafficking activities and close ties to the Los Zetas “makes him a dangerous and critical figure in the Central American narcotics trade.

“By designating Overdick Mejia, OFAC is demonstrating its support for the Guatemalan government in its struggle against the threats and violence posed by these international drug gangs,” he said.

DEA and OFAC coordinated the Overdick Mejia designation action with federal prosecutors in New York. The action was part of ongoing efforts involving the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 persons and entities under the Kingpin Act since June 2000.

Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from fines 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. Others face up to 10 years in prison and fines.”

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U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions Alleged Guatemalan Drug Trafficker with Zetas Ties

April 11, 2012

Fox News Latino on April 10, 2012 released the following:

“Treasury Dept. Sanctions Guatemalan Drug Trafficker with Zetas Ties

By Andrew O’Reilly

A Guatemalan man with suspected ties to Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel has been designated by the Treasury Department as a narcotics trafficker, the agency announced Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Horst Walter Overdick Mejia, allegedly a critical link between Colombian drug producers and the Los Zetas cartel, as a major drug trafficking target and, under the Kingpin Act, is now prohibited with doing any business with U.S. citizens.

The act also freezes any assets Overdick Mejia may have in the United States.

“Overdick Mejia’s drug trafficking activities and close ties to the Los Zetas makes him a dangerous and critical figure in the Central American narcotics trade,” OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin, said in a press release. “By designating Overdick Mejia, OFAC is demonstrating its support for the Guatemalan government in its struggle against the threats and violence posed by these international drug gangs.”

Early last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment for Overdick Mejia’s drug trafficking and firearms activities, with Guatemalan authorities arresting him on April 3.

Believed to run a major drug trafficking and money laundering organization in Guatemala, Overdick Mejia is suspected to have used his experience as a spice buyer, his local contacts and his business insight to smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine into Mexico and the United States.

“Overdick Mejia was a vital link between Colombian drug producers and Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas. This case is yet another example of the united front that law enforcement and regulators must utilize to ensure that organizations such as this one are put out of business forever,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis in a press release.

Overdick Mejia is believed to have brought the Zetas to Guatemala in 2008 to eliminate a rival trafficker and is now suspected to be the Mexican cartel’s most important ally in the Central American nation.

Guatemala has become a hotbed for drug-related violence as authorities in Mexico crackdown on the cartels operating in the country. The Zetas have been described by the DEA as perhaps “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and violent of these paramilitary enforcement groups.”

“It might not be an exaggeration to say the Zetas are among the most vicious drug cartel to ever emerge. Not only have they been able to establish drug-trafficking routes through Guatemala and Nicaragua into Mexico,” The security website InSightCrime.org wrote. “But recent reports indicate that they may have co-opted a cocaine trafficking route via Venezuela-West Africa into Europe, representing yet another lucrative market for the organization.”

The Associated Press also reported last week that the Zetas had made an alliance in Guatemala with the Mara Salvatrucha gang. More commonly known as MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha was originally founded in the 1990s by gang members in southern California and quickly spread throughout Central America when the members were deported.

According to the news service, secret jailhouse recording and a turncoat kidnapper have described a pact between leaders of the Maras and the Zetas.

Eduardo Velasco, head of a Guatemala’s Interior Ministry task force on organized crime, told the AP that local authorities believed the Maras’ training by the Zetas has led to an increase brutality, planning, organization and firepower of Maras’ operations in the country.

“As a result of this union with the Zetas, the Mara Salvatrucha have more ability to organize, strategize and maneuver,” Velasco said. “The Mara Salvatrucha want to build up their inventory of long-range weapons, grenades and drugs for their own use and for sale … they know the economic benefit is great for them and that the Zetas, as an outside group, need the Maras’ network in order to grow inside Guatemala.””

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on April 10, 2012

April 10, 2012
OFAC SDN - SDNTK Horst Walter Overdick Mejia

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:

OVERDICK MEJIA, Horst Walter (a.k.a. OVERDICK MEJIA, Walther; a.k.a. “TIGRE”), KM 208, Ruta Hacia, Coban, Guatemala; DOB 31 Jul 1967; alt. DOB 31 Jul 1968; citizen Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Identification Number 0-16 Reg 53089 (Guatemala); alt. Identification Number 0-16 89159 (Guatemala); NIT # 702787-7 (individual) [SDNTK]

OVERDICK MEJIA, Walther (a.k.a. OVERDICK MEJIA, Horst Walter; a.k.a. “TIGRE”), KM 208, Ruta Hacia, Coban, Guatemala; DOB 31 Jul 1967; alt. DOB 31 Jul 1968; citizen Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Identification Number 0-16 Reg 53089 (Guatemala); alt. Identification Number 0-16 89159 (Guatemala); NIT # 702787-7 (individual) [SDNTK]

TIGRE (a.k.a. OVERDICK MEJIA, Horst Walter; a.k.a. OVERDICK MEJIA, Walther), KM 208, Ruta Hacia, Coban, Guatemala; DOB 31 Jul 1967; alt. DOB 31 Jul 1968; citizen Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Identification Number 0-16 Reg 53089 (Guatemala); alt. Identification Number 0-16 89159 (Guatemala); NIT # 702787-7 (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Top Guatemalan Drug Trafficker tied to Los Zetas

4/10/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of Guatemalan national Horst Walter Overdick Mejia, a critical link in the drug trade between Colombian producers and the violent Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas, as a specially designated narcotics trafficker. 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 this individual and freezes any assets the designee may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment of Overdick Mejia for his narcotics trafficking and related firearms activities. On April 3, Guatemalan authorities arrested Overdick Mejia, the head of a major drug trafficking and money laundering organization based in Guatemala. A veteran spice buyer, he used his local contacts and his business acumen to smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine to Mexico and on into the United States. It is widely believed that Overdick Mejia is responsible for bringing Los Zetas into Guatemala in 2008 in order to eliminate a competing trafficker and who later became their most important ally in Guatemala. He also laundered millions of U.S. dollars in narcotics proceeds generated by both his own organization as well as Los Zetas.

“Overdick Mejia’s drug trafficking activities and close ties to the Los Zetas makes him a dangerous and critical figure in the Central American narcotics trade,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating Overdick Mejia, OFAC is demonstrating its support for the Guatemalan government in its struggle against the threats and violence posed by these international drug gangs.”

OFAC coordinated this designation action with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Today’s action is part of ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 individuals and entities pursuant to the Kingpin Act since June 2000.

“These are necessary tools we use to ensure that we put dangerous drug trafficking organizations out of business and ensure they cannot exploit the U.S. financial system,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “Overdick Mejia was a vital link between Colombian drug producers and Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas. This case is yet another example of the united front that law enforcement and regulators must utilize to ensure that organizations such as this one are put out of business forever.”

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.

Click here for the chart of the Mejia network.”

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Treasury Sanctions an Alleged Top Sinaloa Cartel Operative

March 6, 2012

The Wall Street Journal on March 6, 2012 released the following:

“Treasury Sanctions Top Sinaloa Cartel Operative

By Samuel Rubenfeld

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Tuesday it imposed sanctions Jesus Reynaldo Zambada Garcia, a man described as a key operative in Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, along with two Mexican companies for their ties to one of Sinaloa’s drug lords.

The action, taken under the Kingpin Act, freezes any U.S. assets and bans Americans from conducting transactions with them.

Jesus Reynaldo Zambada Garcia controlled a drug trafficking route via the Mexico City International Airport on behalf of his brother, Ismael, who was designated under the Kingpin Act in 2002. Jesus Reynaldo was arrested by Mexico in October 2008 and is awaiting extradition to the U.S., Treasury said.

“OFAC continues to target Ismael Zambada Garcia and his drug trafficking and money laundering network to cripple their influence and deny them access to the U.S. financial system,” said Adam Szubin, in a statement.

Also Tuesday, Treasury designated two Culiacan-based businesses for being owned or controlled by Zynthia Borboa Zazueta, who was sanctioned by OFAC in May 2007.

The companies, Zarka de Occidente S.A. de C.V., is an agricultural firm, and Zarka de Mexico S.A. de C.V., is a retail clothing and accessories business.

OFAC also deleted and changed some names on its blacklist; the full rundown of Tuesday’s moves is here.”

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Transnational Criminal Organizations [TCO] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012

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

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

ROKUDAIME YAMAGUCHI-GUMI (a.k.a. SIXTH YAMAGUCHI-GUMI; a.k.a. YAMAGUCHIGUMI), 4-3-1 Shinohara-honmachi, Nada-Ku, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan [TCO]

SHINODA, Kenichi (a.k.a. TSUKASA, Shinobu); DOB 25 Jan 1942; POB Oita Kyushu, Japan (individual) [TCO]

SIXTH YAMAGUCHI-GUMI (a.k.a. ROKUDAIME YAMAGUCHI-GUMI; a.k.a. YAMAGUCHIGUMI), 4-3-1 Shinohara-honmachi, Nada-Ku, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan [TCO]

TAKAYAMA, Kiyoshi; DOB 5 Sep 1947; POB Tsushimasi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (individual) [TCO]

TSUKASA, Shinobu (a.k.a. SHINODA, Kenichi); DOB 25 Jan 1942; POB Oita Kyushu, Japan (individual) [TCO]

YAMAGUCHI-GUMI (a.k.a. ROKUDAIME YAMAGUCHI-GUMI; a.k.a. SIXTH YAMAGUCHI-GUMI), 4-3-1 Shinoharahonmachi, Nada-Ku, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan [TCO]

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Treasury Imposes Sanctions On Key Members Of The Yakuza And Brothers’ Circle Criminal Organizations

2/23/2012
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated seven key members and associates of the Brothers’ Circle crime syndicate as well as the largest group within the Japanese Yakuza, the Yamaguchi-gumi, and two Yamaguchi-gumi leaders. These are the first designations by Treasury pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which President Obama issued in 2011 to target and disrupt significant transnational criminal organizations (TCOs).

President Obama identified the Brothers’ Circle and the Yakuza as significant TCOs in the Annex to E.O. 13581 (Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations) of July 24, 2011, and charged the Treasury Department with pursuing additional sanctions against their members and supporters. Drawing on this authority, the Treasury Department today is identifying key members and associates of these transnational organized criminal networks, freezing any assets the designated persons may have within the jurisdiction of the United States and prohibiting any transactions with them by U.S. persons.

“Today’s action casts a spotlight on key members of criminal organizations that have engaged in a wide range of serious crimes across the globe,” said David S. Cohen, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “We will continue to work with our international partners to target those who deal in violence, narcotics, money laundering, and the exploitation of women and children. Today’s designations are just the first under our new our sanctions authority to target transnational criminal organizations and isolate them from the global financial system.”

THE BROTHERS’ CIRCLE

The Brothers’ Circle (f.k.a. Family of Eleven; f.k.a. The Twenty) is a multi-ethnic criminal group composed of leaders and senior members of several Eurasian criminal groups largely based in countries of the former Soviet Union but operating in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Brothers’ Circle serves as a coordinating body for several criminal networks, mediating disputes between the individual criminal networks and directing member criminal activity globally.

The individuals designated today represent criminal syndicates that operate throughout Eurasia and the Gulf, specifically within Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They include key Brothers’ Circle members Vladislav Leontyev, Vasiliy Khristoforov, Kamchybek Kolbayev and Gafur Rakhimov. Lazar Shaybazyan, Aleksandr Manuylov and Aleksey Zaytsev are designated today based on their support to Vladislav Leontyev. Several of these individuals reside in Dubai, UAE.

Two key Brothers’ Circle members, Vladislav Leontyev and Vasiliy Khristoforov, are targeted today for acting for or on behalf of the Brothers’ Circle. Both have been involved in criminal activities, including narcotics trafficking, and were involved in a shooting between regional factions within Russian organized criminal networks over an attempt to seize control of a local precious metals enterprise. Leontyev is currently wanted by Russian authorities for illegal transactions involving precious metals and narcotics.

Kamchybek Kolbayev acts for or on behalf of the Brothers’ Circle by serving as the Brothers’ Circle “overseer” for its Central Asian activities, including narcotics trafficking. In June 2011, President Obama identified Kolbayev as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Kolbayev is wanted in Kyrgyzstan for organized crimes and crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives, and organized/transnational crime.

As a key member of the Brothers’ Circle, Gafur Rakhimov acts for or on behalf of the Brothers’ Circle. Rakhimov is one of the leaders of Uzbek organized crime with a specialty in the organized production of drugs in the countries of Central Asia. He has operated major international drug syndicates involving the trafficking of heroin.

Aleksey Zaytsev, who acts for or on behalf of the Brothers’ Circle key member Vladislav Leontyev, is involved in fraud and a variety of other such activities as fraud, including his 2008 participation in a financial pyramid scheme involving the St. Petersburg-based Business Club Rubin.

Lazar Shaybazyan and Aleksandr Manuylov also act for or on behalf of, Brothers’ Circle key member Vladislav Leontyev.

The YAKUZA

The Yakuza (a.k.a. Boryokudan; a.k.a. Gokudo) was listed in the Annex to E.O. 13581 for its involvement in serious criminal activities, including weapons trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, fraud and money laundering. The Yamaguchi-gumi is the largest and most prominent of the Yakuza’s crime families, and is being designated today for acting for or on behalf of the Yakuza. The Yamaguchi-gumi has a pyramid structure with a kumicho (“godfather”) at the top. Today’s action also imposes sanctions on Kenichi Shinoda, the Yamaguchi-gumi kumicho since August 2005, as well as the Yamaguchi-gumi’s wakagashira (“deputy godfather”), Kiyoshi Takayama, both for acting for or on behalf of Yamaguchi-gumi.

As leaders of the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate, both Shinoda and Takayama play key roles in directing the syndicate’s policies and settling disputes with other Yakuza syndicates. The Yamaguchi-gumi is involved in criminal endeavors in Japan and abroad, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, prostitution, fraud and money laundering. The Yamaguchi-gumi is estimated to generate billions of dollars annually in illicit proceeds.

Today’s action is designed to protect the integrity of the U.S. financial system, to prevent U.S. financial institutions from being used unwittingly to facilitate the unlawful activities of these groups, and to deny the named individuals and entity access to the U.S. economy.

Identifiers

1. KHRISTOFOROV, Vasily Alexandrovich (a.k.a. KHRISTOFOROV, Vasiliy; a.k.a. “VASYA”; a.k.a. “VOSKRES”), Murjan 6 Sector, Tower D01-T03.1, Apartment 401, Dubai 39409, United Arab Emirates; DOB 12 Mar 1972; POB Gorky Oblast, Russia; National ID No. 76481815 (United Arab Emirates); Passport 63-7186356 (Russia) (individual) [TCO]

1. KOLBAYEV, Kamchybek Asanbekovich (a.k.a. KOLBAEV, Kamchibek; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchy; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchi; a.k.a. KOLBAYEV, Kamchibek; a.k.a. “KAMCHI BISHKEKSKIY”; a.k.a. “KOLYA-BISHKEKSKIY”; a.k.a. “KOLYA-KYRGYZ”), Bahar 1 Sector, C09-T02 Tower, Apartment 3203, Dubai 31672, United Arab Emirates; Volokolamskoye Shosse, House 15/22, Moscow, Russia; DOB 3 Aug 1974; alt. DOB 1 Jan 1973; POB Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan; citizen Kyrgyzstan; Passport A0832532 (Kyrgyzstan) expires 17 Mar 2009 (individual) [SDNTK] [TCO]

1. LEONTYEV, Vladislav Vladimirovich (a.k.a. LEONTIEV, Vladislav; a.k.a. LEONTIEV, Vlantislav; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vyacheslav; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vadim; a.k.a. LEONTYEV, Vadik; a.k.a. “BELOBRYSYY”; a.k.a. “BELYY”), Al-Fattan Building, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 5 Jul 1971; POB Gorky, Russia; alt. POB Caracas, Venezuela; National ID No. 60229551 (United Arab Emirates); Passport AB4065216 (Greece); alt. Passport H2214925 (Ghana); alt. Passport C1602418 (Venezuela) (individual) [TCO]

1. MANUYLOV, Aleksandr Leonidovich (a.k.a. MANUILOV, Alexander; a.k.a. MANUYLOV, Alexander; a.k.a. “SASHA SAMARSKIY”); DOB 3 Mar 1962; POB Russia; Passport 3056306 (Russia) (individual) [TCO]
2. RAKHIMOV, Gafur Akhmedovich (a.k.a. RAKHIMOV, Gofur-Arslonbek; a.k.a. RAKHIMOV, Gafur-Arslanbek Akhmedovich), The Meadows, Villa Number 64, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Emirates Hills, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 22 Jul 1951; POB Tashkent, Uzbekistan; National ID No. 03101200302034752 (United Arab Emirates); Passport CA1804389 (Uzbekistan); alt. Passport CA1890392 (Uzbekistan) (individual) [TCO]
1. SHAYBAZIAN, Lazar Gurgenovich (a.k.a. SHAYBAZYAN, Lazar); DOB 1 Apr 1966; Passport CA2485930 (Uzbekistan); alt. Passport CA2179793 (Uzbekistan) (individual) [TCO]

1. SHINODA, Kenichi (a.k.a. TSUKASA, Shinobu); DOB 25 Jan 1942; POB Oita Kyushu, Japan (individual) [TCO]

1. TAKAYAMA, Kiyoshi ; DOB 5 Sep 1947; POB Tsushimasi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan (individual) [TCO]

1. ZAYTSEV, Aleksey Alekseyevich (a.k.a. ZAITSEV, Alexei; a.k.a. ZAYTSEV, Alexey); DOB 7 Sep 1965; POB Leningrad, Russia; National ID No. 74914883 (United Arab Emirates); Passport 63-4604880 (Russia); alt. Passport 4103417473 (Russia); alt. Passport H2029462 (Ghana) (individual) [TCO]

1. YAMAGUCHI-GUMI (a.k.a. ROKUDAIME YAMAGUCHI-GUMI; a.k.a. SIXTH YAMAGUCHI-GUMI), 4-3-1 Shinohara-honmachi, Nada-Ku, Kobe City, Hyogo, Japan [TCO]”

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