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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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Kingpin Act Designations; Foreign Sanctions Evaders Designations; Executive Order 13622 Designations; Iran Sanctions Designations; Non-proliferation Designations; Counter Terrorism Designations”

May 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on May 31, 2013 released the following:

“OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL

Specially Designated Nationals Update

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

ARABNEJAD, Hamid; DOB 16 Apr 1961; alt. DOB 03 May 1956; nationality Iran; Passport E1929795 (Iran) expires 25 May 2010; alt. Passport V08716254 (Iran) expires 15 Jul 2011; alt. Passport V11630399 (Iran) expires 20 Jun 2012; alt. Passport U8356901 (Iran) expires 09 May 2011; alt. Passport H10395121 (Iran) expires 18 Jan 2012; alt. Passport K11946257 (Iran) expires 27 Oct 2012; alt. Passport X13567677 (Iran) expires 02 Jul 2013; alt. Passport D14818825 (Iran) expires 16 Mar 2014; alt. Passport F16438158 (Iran) expires 18 Nov 2014; alt. Passport R19234531 (Iran) expires 02 Nov 2015; alt. Passport L95280222 (Iran) expires 23 Jul 2016; alt. Passport L95273714 (Iran) expires 22 Aug 2016; alt. Passport P95418009 (Iran) expires 27 Apr 2017 (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

KARNER, Mihael (a.k.a. TOPOLOVEC, Jozef), Locnikarijeva ulica 7, 1000, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Rozna Dolina, Cesta IV 44, Ljubljana, Slovenia; V Murglah 177, Ljubljana, Slovenia; DOB 13 Mar 1975; POB Ljubljana, Slovenia; nationality Slovenia; Passport PZ2420022110 (Slovenia); alt. Passport PB06005902 (Slovenia); Personal ID Card 00246412491303975500493 (Slovenia) expires 17 Dec 2018; alt. Personal ID Card 002464124 (Slovenia) expires 17 Dec 2018 (individual) [SDNTK].

KIM, Lidia (a.k.a. KIM, Lidia Egorovna; a.k.a. KIM, Lidiia; a.k.a. KIM, Lidiya); DOB 23 Mar 1955; citizen Kyrgyzstan; Passport 02NO133036 (Russia); alt. Passport AN1912357 (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

MERHEJ, Rodrigue Elias (a.k.a. MERKHEZH, Rodrig); DOB 1970; alt. DOB 1969; alt. DOB 1971; POB Lebanon (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR].

NOORZAI, Haji Kotwal (a.k.a. “KHOOTWAL, Haji”; a.k.a. “KHOTWAL, Haji”; a.k.a. “KOOTWAL, Haji”), Quetta City, Balochistan Province, Pakistan; Girdi Jangle, Balochistan Province, Pakistan; DOB 1961; alt. DOB 1960; alt. DOB 1962; alt. DOB 1958; alt. DOB 1957; alt. DOB 1959; POB Nahr-e Saraj Village, Nahr-e Saraj District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan; nationality Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

SANCHEZ ARELLANO, Luis Fernando; DOB 24 Oct 1973; POB Baja California, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

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

BANDAR IMAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, North Kargar Street, Tehran, Iran; Mahshahr, Bandar Imam, Khuzestan Province, Iran [IRAN].

BOU ALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BUALI SINA PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), No. 17, 1st Floor, Daman Afshar St., Vanak Sq., Vali-e-Asr Ave, Tehran 19697, Iran; Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (PETZONE), Iran [IRAN].

FERLAND COMPANY LIMITED (a.k.a. FERLAND CO. LTD), 29 A Anna Komnini St., PO Box 2303, Nicosia, Cyprus; 5/7 Sabaneyev Most., Odessa, Ukraine [ISA] [FSE-IR].

JAM PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Pars Special Economic Zone, Assaluyeh, Boushehr Province, Iran [EO13622].

KYRGYZ TRANS AVIA (a.k.a. KYRGYZTRANSAVIA AIRLINES), Bulvar Erkindik 35, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; 32 Razzakova Street, Bishkek 720040, Kyrgyzstan [SDGT] [IFSR].

LOS CABALLEROS TEMPLARIOS, Mexico [SDNTK].

LOS CACHIROS, Honduras [SDNTK].

LOS URABENOS (a.k.a. BANDA CRIMINAL DE URABA; a.k.a. LOS AUTODEFENSAS GAITANISTAS DE COLOMBIA), Colombia; Honduras; Panama [SDNTK].

MOBIN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, South Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Postal Box: 75391-418, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran; PO Box, Mashhad, Iran [IRAN].

NIKSIMA FOOD AND BEVERAGE JLT, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [EO13622].

NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. BORZUYEH PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. NOURI PETROCHEMICAL COMPLEX), Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Assaluyeh Port, Bushehr, Iran [IRAN].

PARS PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, PO Box 163-75391, Assaluyeh, Bushehr, Iran [IRAN].

PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA (a.k.a. AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA; a.k.a. AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA, PRYVATNE AT; a.k.a. BUKOVYNA AE; a.k.a. BUKOVYNA AIRLINES; a.k.a. BUKOVYNA AVIATION ENTERPRISE), Bud.30 vul.Chkalova Pershotravnevy R-N, Chernivtsi 58009, Ukraine [NPWMD] [IFSR].

SHAHID TONDGOOYAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. SHAHID TONDGUYAN PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY), Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (PETZONE), Iran [IRAN].

SHAZAND PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY (a.k.a. AR.P.C.; a.k.a. ARAK PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY; a.k.a. SHAZAND PETROCHEMICAL CORPORATION), No. 68, Taban St., Vali Asr Ave., Tehran, Iran [IRAN].

SIRJANCO TRADING L.L.C., 17th Floor, Office 1701, Al Moosa Tower 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SDGT] [IFSR].

TABRIZ PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY, Off Km 8, Azarshahr Road, Kojuvar Road, Tabriz, Iran [IRAN].

UKRAINIAN-MEDITERRANEAN AIRLINES (a.k.a. UKRAINSKE-TSCHERMOMORSKIE AVIALINII; a.k.a. UM AIR), 7 Shulyavska Street, Kiev 03055, Ukraine; Building Negin Sai Apartment 105, Valiasr Street, Tehran, Iran; 29 Ayar Street, Julia Dumna Building, Damascus, Syria; 38 Chkalova Street, building 1, office 10, Minsk, Belarus [SDGT] [IFSR].

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

UR-BHJ; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 2088; Aircraft Manufacture Date Jul 1994; Aircraft Model MD-83; Aircraft Operator Bukovyna AE; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 53184 (aircraft) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA).

UR-BXN; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 1405; Aircraft Manufacture Date 08 Apr 1987; Aircraft Model MD-83; Aircraft Operator Bukovyna AE; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 49569 (aircraft) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA).

UR-CIX; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 2167; Aircraft Manufacture Date Nov 1996; Aircraft Model MD-88; Aircraft Operator Bukovyna AE; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 53546 (aircraft) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA).

UR-CIY; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 2176; Aircraft Manufacture Date Mar 1997; Aircraft Model MD-88; Aircraft Operator Bukovyna AE; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 53547 (aircraft) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA).

UR-CJA; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 1181; Aircraft Manufacture Date 04 Jan 1985; Aircraft Model MD-82; Aircraft Operator Bukovyna AE; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 49277 (aircraft) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA).

UR-CJK; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 2180; Aircraft Manufacture Date Apr 1997; Aircraft Model MD-88; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 53548 (aircraft) [NPWMD] [IFSR] (Linked To: PRYVATNE AKTSIONERNE TOVARYSTVO AVIAKOMPANIYA BUKOVYNA).

UR-CJW; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 358; Aircraft Manufacture Date 12 Sep 1999; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ100; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3358 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].

UR-CKF; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 341; Aircraft Manufacture Date 20 Dec 1998; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ100; Aircraft Operator Mahan Air; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3341 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].

UR-CKG; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 362; Aircraft Manufacture Date 16 Nov 1999; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ100; Aircraft Operator Mahan Air; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3362 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].

UR-CKJ; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 343; Aircraft Manufacture Date 04 Sep 1999; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ100; Aircraft Operator Mahan Air; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3343 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].

UR-CKX; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 131; Aircraft Manufacture Date 25 May 1989; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ300; Aircraft Operator Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines; alt. Aircraft Operator Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3131 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].

UR-CKY; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 146; Aircraft Manufacture Date 08 Jan 1990; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ100; Aircraft Operator Mahan Air; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3146 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].

UR-CKZ; Aircraft Construction Number (also called L/N or S/N or F/N) 159; Aircraft Manufacture Date 01 Jan 1990; Aircraft Model BAe-146 Avro RJ300; Aircraft Operator Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines; Aircraft Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) 3159 (aircraft) [SDGT] [IFSR].”

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