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.”

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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].”

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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].”

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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.”

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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].”

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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.”

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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].”

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“Treasury identifies dangerous Mexican cartel bosses”

May 7, 2013

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

By Megan R. Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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