OFAC: “Treasury Sanctions Members of a Chinese Synthetic Drug Trafficking Organization”

July 29, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on July 29, 2014 released the following:

Sanctions Target Manufacturer, Owner, and Associates Responsible for Shipping Thousands of Kilograms of Synthetic Drugs and Controlled Substances Worldwide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated members of a synthetic drug trafficking organization led by Chinese national Zhang Lei (a.k.a. Eric Chang) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Through his company, CEC Limited, Zhang manufactures and sells substances over the internet to consumers internationally, including bath salts (mephedrone), other synthetic psychoactive substances, and chemicals that can be combined with other substances to create synthetic psychoactive substances (precursors). In addition to designating Zhang, the Treasury Department also designated today CEC Limited and three other individuals who work for the company and Zhang. As a result of today’s action, all assets of those designated today that are based in the United States or are in control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

“Global synthetic drug suppliers like Zhang Lei have fueled an epidemic of hospitalizations, paralysis, and deaths, especially among young adults,” said Adam J. Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control. “We intend to disrupt these networks’ operations and deny them the ability to conduct international trade.”

For over a decade, Zhang has shipped thousands of kilograms of synthetic drugs and controlled substances, including mephedrone, into the United States and other countries – including Australia, Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. According to its website, Zhang’s company, CEC Limited, is a manufacturer of various chemical compounds. The company has been the source of supply for synthetic drugs sent throughout the United States and Europe. Shipments to the United States earned Zhang roughly $30 million. As the United States and other countries banned new psychoactive substances, Zhang and his associates developed replacement chemicals or used fraudulent shipping labels to continue to traffic illicit narcotics. Chinese authorities arrested Zhang on November 7, 2013 under charges of teaching criminal methods to others.

Other individuals designated today include Chinese nationals Wang Guoying, Zhang Jicheng, and Hu Yongan. Wang Guoyang is Zhang Lei’s mother and part owner of CEC Limited. She received of hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments for illicit synthetic substances. The other two individuals, Zhang Jicheng and Hu Yongan, are employees of CEC Limited and had previously been incarcerated in the United Kingdom for their role in establishing a clandestine laboratory in the United Kingdom for the industrial-scale production of synthetic drugs.

Today’s action is the result of a joint investigation by OFAC and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These designations complement law enforcement actions through the DEA’s Project Synergy, an ongoing investigation of worldwide synthetic drug manufacturers and distributors.

Since June 2000 more than 1,600 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 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.

To view a chart of the Zhang Lei and CEC Limited network, click here.

For a complete listing of designations pursuant to the Kingpin Act, click here.

For information from the DEA about synthetic psychoactive substances, click here.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


U.S. Department of the Treasury: “Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations”

August 21, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on August 21, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update

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

LAHBOUS, Mohamed (a.k.a. ENNOUINI, Mohamed), Algeria; Mali; DOB 1978; nationality Mali (individual) [SDGT].

VILLARROEL RAMIREZ, Vassyly Kotosky (a.k.a. VILLARROEL KOTOSKY, Angel); DOB 27 Mar 1972; POB Caracas, Venezuela; nationality Venezuela; citizen Venezuela; Cedula No. 11295239 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK].”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations”

August 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on August 20, 2013 released the following:

“Counter Terrorism Designations; Kingpin Act Designations
8/20/2013

OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL
Specially Designated Nationals List Update

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

AZMARAI, Umar Siddique Kathio (a.k.a. AL-SINDHI, Abdallah; a.k.a. AL-SINDHI, Abdullah; a.k.a. AL-SINDI, Abdullah; a.k.a. CHANDIO, Umar Kathio; a.k.a. CHANDUO, Umar; a.k.a. CHANDYO, Omar; a.k.a. KATHIO, Muhammad Umar; a.k.a. KATIO, Muhammad Umar Sidduque; a.k.a. OMER, Muhammad; a.k.a. SINDHI, ‘Abdallah; a.k.a. UMAR, Muhammad), Karachi, Pakistan; Miram Shah, North Waziristan Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan; DOB 1977; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Pakistan; National ID No. 466-77-221879 (Pakistan); alt. National ID No. 42201-015024707-7 (individual) [SDGT].

ORELLANA MORALES, Jairo Estuardo (a.k.a. “EL PELON”), Aldea Dona Maria, Zacapa, Guatemala; DOB 28 Sep 1973; POB Zacapa, Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; citizen Guatemala; Cedula No. R-19 42080 (Guatemala); Passport 111904000420805 (Guatemala) issued 28 Aug 2008 expires 28 Aug 2013 (individual) [SDNTK].

The following entity has been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

JAMIA TALEEM-UL-QURAN-WAL-HADITH MADRASSA (a.k.a. GANJ MADRASSA; a.k.a. GANJOO MADRASSA; a.k.a. JAMIA MADRASSA DUR UL KORAN WASUNA; a.k.a. MADRASA TALEEMUL QURAN WAL HADITH; a.k.a. MADRASA TALEEMUL QURAN WAL SUNNAH; a.k.a. MAWIYA MADRASSA; a.k.a. MOW-YA MADRASSA; a.k.a. TALALIM QURAN MADRASSA; a.k.a. TALEEM UL-QURAN MADRASSA; a.k.a. TASIN AL-QURAN ABU HAMZA), Gunj Gate, Phandu Road, Peshawar, Pakistan; Near the Baron Gate, Ganj area, Peshawar, Pakistan; Lahori and Yaka Tote Rd. at the intersection near the Ganj Gate, Peshawar, Pakistan [SDGT].”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


Treasury Sanctions Financial Operatives Allegedly Linked to Los Zetas

July 23, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on July 23, 2013 released the following:

“Action Targets Individuals Laundering Money for Trevino Morales

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated two Mexican nationals, Jose Odilon Ramirez Perales and Ismael Lopez Guerrero, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their ties to Mexico’s violent Los Zetas drug trafficking organization. Ramirez Perales is a powerful financial operative responsible for controlling and laundering tens of millions of dollars in funds smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico for Los Zetas leaders Miguel Trevino Morales and Omar Trevino Morales. Lopez Guerrero collects illicit monies from Los Zetas operations in Nuevo Laredo, and he sends large quantities of smuggled cash to Ramirez Perales for safeguarding and processing in Coahuila, Mexico.

“The momentous arrest of Miguel Trevino Morales, who was captured last week, took place in the early morning hours with two of his closest advisors by his side, including a key accountant. This is another clear example of the central importance of financial operatives within the operational structure of drug cartels,” said Treasury’s Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Adam J. Szubin. “Treasury’s action today targets the activities of two other significant financial operatives for Los Zetas. We will continue to support our Mexican partners to target those laundering Los Zetas’ ill-gotten gains.”

Ramirez Perales is wanted in the Southern District of Texas for money laundering relating to drug trafficking. Ramirez Perales and his other co-defendants are subject to the forfeiture of approximately $20 million in the Southern District of Texas. In October 2012, Mexican authorities captured Ramirez Perales, and they arrested Lopez Guerrero after a July 2012 gun battle. Lopez Guerrero, who uses the alias Gilberto Godina Guerrero, was alleged to possess ammunition, drugs, and currency at the time of his arrest. The arrests of these individuals and other high level Los Zetas members such as Miguel Trevino Morales, along with the death of former Zeta leader Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano, has played a vital role in weakening of the organization.

Today’s action generally prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with these individuals and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The President identified Los Zetas as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Kingpin Act in April 2009. On July 24, 2011, the President named Los Zetas as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization in the Annex to Executive Order 13581 (Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations). Additionally, OFAC designated Los Zetas leaders Miguel and Omar Trevino Morales on July 20, 2009 and March 24, 2010, respectively. Since 2009, OFAC has designated several dozen key plaza bosses, drug traffickers, and money launderers operating on behalf of Los Zetas using Kingpin Act authorities.

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,200 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.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013

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:

ANDRADE PARRA, Alfredo, Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico; DOB 30 Dec 1973; POB Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico; alt. POB Coahuila, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; C.U.R.P. AAPA731230HCLNRL07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].”

————————————————————–

Treasury Designates Mexican Narcotics Trafficker Tied to Los Zetas

5/14/2013

Action Targets Major Narcotics Trafficker Operating on U.S. Border

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Mexican national Alfredo Andrade Parra pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his significant role in international narcotics trafficking and for his links to Los Zetas. Andrade Parra is a major narcotics trafficker operating along the U.S.-Mexico border. He is responsible for smuggling multiple-tons of marijuana and cocaine, monthly, from Mexico to the U.S. for Los Zetas leaders Miguel Trevino Morales and Omar Trevino Morales. Andrade Parra’s ability to smuggle large quantities of drugs into the U.S. and receive bulk cash proceeds returned to Mexico make him a key component of the ruthless Los Zetas drug trafficking organization in the region near Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico.

“Today’s action follows on the heels of the Mexican Government’s arrest of Andrade Parra in April and targets the drug trafficking and bulk cash smuggling activities of a significant associate of Los Zetas,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “OFAC will continue to work with ourforeign counterparts to expose key drug traffickers and deprive them of access to the international financial system.”

Andrade Parra is wanted in the Western District of Texas for multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering relating to a March 5, 2008 indictment from the Del Rio Division and a May 22, 2003 indictment from the San Antonio Division. In April 2013, Mexican authorities arrested Andrade Parra.

Today’s action against Andrade Parra generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with him, and freezes any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The President identified Los Zetas as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Kingpin Act in April 2009. On July 24, 2011, the President named Los Zetas as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization in the Annex to Executive Order 13581 (Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations). Additionally, OFAC designated Los Zetas leaders Miguel and Omar Trevino Morales on July 20, 2009 and March 24, 2010, respectively.

Today’s action is part of ongoing efforts to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,200 individuals and entities pursuant to the Kingpin Act since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

To view a chart of the Andrade Parra organization, click here.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


OFAC: “Kingpin Act Designation”

May 14, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on May 14, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL

Specially Designated Nationals Update

The following individual has been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

ANDRADE PARRA, Alfredo, Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico; DOB 30 Dec 1973; POB Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico; alt. POB Coahuila, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; C.U.R.P. AAPA731230HCLNRL07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


“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.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

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:

CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando (a.k.a. FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio; a.k.a. “CHECO”; a.k.a. “CHEKO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio (a.k.a. CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando; a.k.a. “CHECO”; a.k.a. “CHEKO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

LOPEZ AISPURO, Armando; DOB 27 Oct 1969; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo (a.k.a. NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo; a.k.a. “EL M”; a.k.a. “EL MEMO”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo (a.k.a. NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo; a.k.a. “EL M”; a.k.a. “EL MEMO”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio (a.k.a. “EL MORENO”; a.k.a. “PAEZ Nachillo”; a.k.a. “PAEZ, Nacho”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

RASCON RAMIREZ, Jose Javier (a.k.a. “EL KHADAFI”); DOB 24 Jul 1966; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

SABORI CISNEROS, Raul (a.k.a. “EL NEGRO”); DOB 07 Jul 1963; POB Baja California Norte, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

SALAZAR RAMIREZ, Jesus Alfredo (a.k.a. “INDIO”; a.k.a. “MUNE”); DOB 24 Mar 1974; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

SOSA CANISALES, Felipe de Jesus (a.k.a. “EL GIGIO”; a.k.a. “GIO”); DOB 16 Jul 1968; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“CHECO” (a.k.a. CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando; a.k.a. FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio; a.k.a. “CHEKO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“CHEKO” (a.k.a. CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando; a.k.a. FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio; a.k.a. “CHECO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL GIGIO” (a.k.a. SOSA CANISALES, Felipe de Jesus; a.k.a. “GIO”); DOB 16 Jul 1968; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL KHADAFI” (a.k.a. RASCON RAMIREZ, Jose Javier); DOB 24 Jul 1966; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL M” (a.k.a. NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo; a.k.a. NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo; a.k.a. “EL MEMO”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL MEMO” (a.k.a. NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo; a.k.a. NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo; a.k.a. “EL M”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL MORENO” (a.k.a. PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio; a.k.a. “PAEZ Nachillo”; a.k.a. “PAEZ, Nacho”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL NEGRO” (a.k.a. SABORI CISNEROS, Raul); DOB 07 Jul 1963; POB Baja California Norte, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“GIO” (a.k.a. SOSA CANISALES, Felipe de Jesus; a.k.a. “EL GIGIO”); DOB 16 Jul 1968; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“INDIO” (a.k.a. SALAZAR RAMIREZ, Jesus Alfredo; a.k.a. “MUNE”); DOB 24 Mar 1974; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“MUNE” (a.k.a. SALAZAR RAMIREZ, Jesus Alfredo; a.k.a. “INDIO”); DOB 24 Mar 1974; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“PAEZ Nachillo” (a.k.a. PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio; a.k.a. “EL MORENO”; a.k.a. “PAEZ, Nacho”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“PAEZ, Nacho” (a.k.a. PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio; a.k.a. “EL MORENO”; a.k.a. “PAEZ Nachillo”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

————————————————————–

“Treasury Designates Sinaloa Cartel Plaza Bosses

5/7/2013
Action Targets Critical Drug Trafficking Corridor along the Arizona-Mexico Border
Controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of eight Mexican nationals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The eight individuals, 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.

Each of the eight plaza bosses operates as a Sinaloa Cartel leader within their specific area of operation along the Sonora-Arizona corridor of the U.S.-Mexico International Boundary, which extends for nearly 375 miles. The Sinaloa Cartel depends on the plaza bosses, leaders of a particular geographic area, along the corridor to coordinate, direct, and support the smuggling of illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S. and the smuggling of illicit contraband from the U.S. into Mexico. Plaza bosses rely on violence to maintain their positions, using sicarios (hitmen) to control a specific geographic area. Since Arizona is contiguous with the U.S.-Mexico International Boundary, the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas are major trans-shipment and distribution points for contraband smuggling out of and into Sonora, Mexico.

“Today’s designation marks another step in OFAC’s efforts to specifically target the narcotics traffickers responsible for the horrific acts of violence committed along the Arizona border with Mexico,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “We will continue to work alongside our partners in federal law enforcement as well as the Mexican Government to financially cripple and dismantle the Sinaloa Cartel.”

The eight individuals designated today work on behalf of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, and Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia — the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel – as well as Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza “Macho Prieto,” a top lieutenant of the Sinaloa Cartel. Mexican authorities have previously arrested Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez, Ramon Ignacio Paez Soto, and Raul Sabori Cisneros. Today’s action generally 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.

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Joint Field Command-Arizona, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mexican authorities also provided essential support to OFAC.

“CBP’s Arizona Joint Field Command Targeting Enforcement Unit played a major role in dealing the Sinaloa-based drug cartel a financial blow that will undoubtedly affect their ability to operate as a criminal enterprise. The Arizona Joint Field Command’s Targeting Enforcement Unit has been and will continue to be a committed partner in the collective effort of denying, degrading and disrupting operations of criminal organizations,” said Jeff Self, Commander, CBP, Joint Field Command-Arizona.

“Diplomatic Security Service special agents worked in concert with our federal law enforcement partners to uncover evidence vital to designate these dangerous narcotics traffickers,” said Wes Weller, Special Agent in Charge of the DSS Los Angeles Field Office. “The traffickers threaten the safety and security of Americans along the Arizona border with Mexico, and must be brought to justice.”

“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 Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “Today’s actions severely curtail the Sinaloa Cartel’s ability to use legitimate commerce to mask their illicit money laundering activities and reflect DEA’s global efforts to weaken its leadership and bring it to justice.”

Since June 2000 the President has identified 97 drug kingpins and OFAC has 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 Sinaloa Plaza Bosses’ organization, click here.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


OFAC: Counter Narcotics Removals​​;​ Counter Terrorism Removals; Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations Removals

April 30, 2013

U.S. Department of the Treasury on April 30, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL

Specially Designated Nationals List Update
The following deletions have been made to OFAC’s SDN List:

MORENO BERNAL, Luz Marina, c/o PROMOTORA HOTELERA LTDA, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 02 Jul 1955; POB Bogota, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 41703570 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK].

DIAZ HERRERA, Jose Ricuarte, c/o PROMOTORA HOTELERA LTDA, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 16 Aug 1958; POB Venecia, Cundinamarca, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 79263544 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK].

PROMOTORA HOTELERA LTDA (a.k.a. COMERCIAL PROMOTELES), Calle 114 No. 9-01, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8300125383 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

COMERCIAL PROMOTELES (a.k.a. PROMOTORA HOTELERA LTDA), Calle 114 No. 9-01, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8300125383 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

ARBOLEDA ARROYAVE, Pedro Nicholas (a.k.a. ARBOLEDA ARROYAVE, Pedro Nicolas), c/o DEPOSITO POPULAR DE DROGAS S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS CONDOR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o D’CACHE S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CREDIREBAJA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o FUNDASER, Cali, Colombia; DOB 23 Jun 1957; Cedula No. 16602372 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

ARBOLEDA ARROYAVE, Pedro Nicolas (a.k.a. ARBOLEDA ARROYAVE, Pedro Nicholas), c/o DEPOSITO POPULAR DE DROGAS S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS CONDOR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o D’CACHE S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CREDIREBAJA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o FUNDASER, Cali, Colombia; DOB 23 Jun 1957; Cedula No. 16602372 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

RUEDA FAJARDO, Herberth Gonzalo, c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS GENERICOS VETERINARIOS, Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS KRESSFOR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 06 Oct 1964; Cedula No. 12126395 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

CUECA VILLARAGA, Hernan, c/o DROGAS LA REBAJA BOGOTA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 11352426 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

DUQUE MARTINEZ, Maria Consuelo (a.k.a. DUQUE DE GIRALDO, Maria Consuelo), c/o LABORATORIOS KRESSFOR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 19 May 1955; Cedula No. 41716296 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

DUQUE DE GIRALDO, Maria Consuelo (a.k.a. DUQUE MARTINEZ, Maria Consuelo), c/o LABORATORIOS KRESSFOR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 19 May 1955; Cedula No. 41716296 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

FERNANDEZ LUNA, Tiberio, c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS CONDOR S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COPSERVIR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS BLANCO PHARMA DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 03 Nov 1960; Cedula No. 93286690 (Colombia); Passport AE956843 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

LEAL FLOREZ, Luis Alejandro, c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS CONDOR S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COINTERCOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o FIDUSER LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; COSMEPOP, Bogota, Colombia; LATINA DE COSMETICOS Y DISTRIBUCIONES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 12 Sep 1961; Cedula No. 7217432 (Colombia); Passport 7217432 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

NAIZAQUE PUENTES, Jose de Jesus, c/o COINTERCOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS BLAIMAR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COSMEPOP, Bogota, Colombia; Calle 58A S 80C-31, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 12 Mar 1956; Cedula No. 19348370 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

RAMIREZ SUAREZ, Luis Carlos (a.k.a. RAMIREZ SUARES, Luis Carlos), c/o DROGAS LA REBAJA BUCARAMANGA S.A., Bucaramanga, Colombia; c/o COPSERVIR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 15 May 1952; Cedula No. 19164938 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

RAMIREZ SUARES, Luis Carlos (a.k.a. RAMIREZ SUAREZ, Luis Carlos), c/o DROGAS LA REBAJA BUCARAMANGA S.A., Bucaramanga, Colombia; c/o COPSERVIR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 15 May 1952; Cedula No. 19164938 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

VEGA, Rosalba, c/o BONOMERCAD S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PATENTES MARCAS Y REGISTROS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o SHARPER S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GLAJAN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o DECAFARMA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GENERICOS ESPECIALES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 22 Sep 1955; Cedula No. 21132758 (Colombia); Passport 21132758 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

CELIS PEREZ, Alexander, c/o DROCARD S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 16 Feb 1973; Cedula No. 79620931 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

DUQUE MARTINEZ, Diego Fernando, c/o GENERICOS ESPECIALES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 31 Jan 1972; Cedula No. 8191760 (Colombia); Passport 8191760 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

GAMEZ CIFUENTES, Norma Lucero, c/o DROCARD S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 22 Jan 1958; Cedula No. 41674484 (Colombia); Passport 41674484 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

PEREZ GOMEZ, Stella, c/o ASESORIAS ECONOMICAS MUNOZ SANTACOLOMA E.U., Cali, Colombia; c/o CONTACTEL COMUNICACIONES S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA SANAR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o COPSERVIR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PROVIDA E.U., Cali, Colombia; DOB 26 Jun 1960; Cedula No. 31848468 (Colombia); Passport 31848468 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

PACHECO, Rosa Elena, c/o LEMOFAR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 02 Jan 1958; Cedula No. 36162233 (Colombia); Passport 36162233 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOSHNVIS, Hassan (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOSH, Hussam (a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan; a.k.a. KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KHOUCHNOYESS, Hussam (a.k.a. KHOSH, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesaam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSH-NEVIS, Hesam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hessam; a.k.a. KHOSHNEVIS, Hussam; a.k.a. KHOSHNVIS, Hassan); nationality Iran; Passport A0023862 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


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

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
OFAC SDN Removal Videos:

OFAC Litigation – SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN List Removal

OFAC SDN Removal Attorneys

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

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

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email: