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.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury: “Kingpin Act Designations; Non-Proliferation Updates”

September 19, 2013

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

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL

Specially Designated Nationals Update

The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

LIRA JIRON, Bismarck Antonio (a.k.a. JIRON LIRA, Bismarck Antonio), Residencial Altos de Santo Domingo, Las Cuatro Esquinas, Managua, Nicaragua; 1 Cine Leon, 3 Cuadras al Norte 1/2 Cuadra al Oeste, Monsenor Lezcano, Managua, Nicaragua; Achuapa, Leon, Nicaragua; Petronic El Carmen, 7 C al Oeste y 2 1/2 C al Sur, Barrio Williams Fonseca, Esteli, Nicaragua; DOB 27 Apr 1973; POB Esteli, Nicaragua; Cedula No. 288-270473-0002Y (Nicaragua) (individual) [SDNTK].

MARADIAGA LOPEZ, Esperanza Caridad, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; DOB 30 Sep 1950; POB San Esteban, Olancho, Honduras; Numero de Identidad 1517-1950-00095 (Honduras) (individual) [SDNTK].

RIVERA CARDONA, Santos Isidro, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; DOB 15 May 1949; POB Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Numero de Identidad 0209-1949-00019 (Honduras) (individual) [SDNTK].

RIVERA MARADIAGA, Devis Leonel (a.k.a. “CACHIRO, Lionel”; a.k.a. “EL CACHIRO”; a.k.a. “RIVERA, Leonel”), Barrio La Ceiba, Calle Principal, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; DOB 28 Mar 1977; POB Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Numero de Identidad 0209-1977-00375 (Honduras) (individual) [SDNTK].

RIVERA MARADIAGA, Javier Eriberto (a.k.a. “CACHIRO, Javier”; a.k.a. “EL CACHIRO”; a.k.a. “RIVERA, Javier”), Barrio La Ceiba, Calle Principal, Casa 234, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; DOB 20 Apr 1972; POB Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Numero de Identidad 0209-1972-00282 (Honduras) (individual) [SDNTK].

RIVERA MARADIAGA, Maira Lizeth (a.k.a. RIVERA, Mayra), Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; DOB 17 Dec 1975; alt. DOB 17 Dec 1976; POB Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Numero de Identidad 0209-1976-00026 (Honduras) (individual) [SDNTK].

RIVERA MARADIAGA, Santos Isidro (a.k.a. RIVERA MARADIAGA, Isidro; a.k.a. “CACHIROS”), Barrio Municipal, Colonia El Country, Bloque 1, Casa N-6, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; San Manuel, Cortes, Honduras; DOB 05 Jun 1985; POB Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Numero de Identidad 0209-1985-02347 (Honduras) (individual) [SDNTK].

The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

GANADEROS AGRICULTORES DEL NORTE, S. DE R.L. DE C.V. (a.k.a. “GAN”), Bo Las Flores, Frente al Salon Latino, No. 15, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; 6 St 11 Ave, Morazan Boulevard, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; Montanuela, Choloma, Cortes, Honduras; 6 Calle, El Barrio Morazan, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; RTN 05019005483678 (Honduras) [SDNTK].

INMOBILIARIA RIVERA MARADIAGA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. INRIMAR), Florencia Norte, Plaza America, Av Roble 201, Distrito Central, Francisco Morazan, Honduras; Barrio Los Laureles, Carretera Panamericana Norte contiguo a DIPPSA, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Barrio El Centro, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; RTN 08019009234360 (Honduras) [SDNTK].

INVERSIONES TURISTICAS JOYA GRANDE, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. JOYA GRANDE; a.k.a. JOYA GRANDE ZOOLOGICO Y ECOPARQUE; a.k.a. ZOO JOYA GRANDE; a.k.a. ZOOLOGICO JOYA GRANDE; a.k.a. ZOOLOGICO Y ECO-PARQUE JOYA GRANDE), Colonia Moderna, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; Km. 9 despues de Santa Cruz de Yojoa, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; RTN 08019011356332 (Honduras) [SDNTK].

MINERA MI ESPERANZA, S.A., Honduras; Col. Las Hadas, Cont. a Aldeas S.O.S., No. 7501, Distrito Central, Francisco Morazan, Honduras; RTN 08019011419066 (Honduras) [SDNTK].

PALMA DEL BAJO AGUAN, S.A. (a.k.a. PALBASA; a.k.a. PALMAS DEL BAJO AGUAN; a.k.a. “PALMEROS DEL BAJO AGUAN”), Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; El Centro Principal, 1 Ave 2 Cll, No. 13, Tocoa, Colon, Honduras; Chacalpa, Bajo Aguan, Colon, Honduras; RTN 05019007109210 (Honduras) [SDNTK].

The following changes have been made to OFAC’s SDN List:

TIDEWATER MIDDLE EAST CO. (a.k.a. TIDE WATER COMPANY; a.k.a. TIDE WATER MIDDLE EAST MARINE SERVICE; a.k.a. TIDEWATER CO. (MIDDLE EAST MARINE SERVICES)), No. 80, Tidewater Building, Vozara Street, Next to Saie Park, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.tidewaterco.com; Email Address info@tidewaterco.com; alt. Email Address info@tidewaterco.ir; IFCA Determination – Port Operator; Business Registration Document # 18745 (Iran); Telephone: 982188553321; Alt. Telephone: 982188554432; Fax: 982188717367; Alt. Fax: 982188708761; Alt. Fax: 982188708911 [NPWMD] [IRGC]. -to- TIDEWATER MIDDLE EAST CO. (a.k.a. FARAZ ROYAL QESHM LLC; a.k.a. TIDE WATER COMPANY; a.k.a. TIDE WATER MIDDLE EAST MARINE SERVICE; a.k.a. TIDEWATER CO. (MIDDLE EAST MARINE SERVICES)), No. 80, Tidewater Building, Vozara Street, Next to Saie Park, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.tidewaterco.com; Email Address info@tidewaterco.com; alt. Email Address info@tidewaterco.ir; IFCA Determination – Port Operator; Business Registration Document # 18745 (Iran); Telephone: 982188553321; Alt. Telephone: 982188554432; Fax: 982188717367; Alt. Fax: 982188708761; Alt. Fax: 982188708911 [NPWMD] [IRGC].”

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