“US Slaps Sanctions on Haqqani Network Suicide Operations Chief”

November 6, 2012

The Wall Street Journal on November 5, 2012 released the following:

“By Samuel Rubenfeld

The U.S. State Department said Monday it placed sanctions on Qari Zakir, the Haqqani Network’s chief of suicide operations.

In addition to the U.S. designation, the United Nations placed Zakir and the Haqqani Network itself on its blacklist, requiring member states to implement an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo on both him and the group.

“Today’s U.N. actions demonstrate international resolve in eliminating the Haqqani Network’s ability to execute violent attacks in Afghanistan,” the State Department said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department placed the Haqqani Network on its list of foreign terror organizations in September after years of deliberation. Until then, the U.S. had focused its efforts targeting individual members of the group.

The Haqqani Network, dubbed “the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war” by the New York Times, built an empire out of kidnapping, extortion, smuggling and trucking.

Zakir, along with his role as chief of suicide operations for the network, is the operational commander in Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in Afghanistan, the State Department said.

He’s responsible for the training program, which includes instruction in small arms, heavy weapons and basic improvised explosive device construction, the State Department said. Since approaching leader Sirajuddin Haqqani in 2008 for financial assistance to expand the group’s influence in northern Afghanistan, Zakir has become a trusted associate and confidant of the group’s leadership.

Separately, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control removed Mohammad Abd El-Hamid Khalil Salah from its blacklist. Salah, an Illinois man who filed a lawsuit in September against Treasury in Chicago federal court, said in court papers he was the only U.S. citizen residing in the U.S. to be placed under sanctions.

In the complaint, Salah said the designation made him was unable to purchase virtually anything from food to a bank account.

OFAC would grant him licenses that, in theory, allowed him to do things like get a job or housing, but because OFAC is the sole determinant of such abilities, he “survives, in other words, only at the sufferance of OFAC,” the complaint said.

A Treasury spokesman said Monday that while evaluating its response to Salah’s legal complaint, OFAC determined it was appropriate to remove him from the blacklist”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on September 13, 2012

September 14, 2012

On September 13, 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 list:

CONSTRUCTORA F.R. DE VENEZUELA, C.A. (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA FR DE VENEZUELA, C.A.), Calle Paez, Edf. Gisage PB, Ofic 1, Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela; Sector los Montones, Galpon 2, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela; RIF # J-31327555-7 (Venezuela) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA FR DE VENEZUELA, C.A. (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA F.R. DE VENEZUELA, C.A.), Calle Paez, Edf. Gisage PB, Ofic 1, Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela; Sector los Montones, Galpon 2, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela; RIF # J-31327555-7 (Venezuela) [SDNTK].

LOPEZ PERDIGON, Roberto Manuel; DOB 09 Sep 1971; POB Caracas, Venezuela; nationality Venezuela; citizen Venezuela; Passport C1771508 (Venezuela); alt. Passport 037325626 (Venezuela); National ID No. 10337667 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: CONSTRUCTORA FR DE VENEZUELA, C.A..

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on August 29, 2012

August 29, 2012

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

The following [SDNTK] entries have been removed:

AGROPECUARIA LA CRUZ S.A., Calle 137 No. 88-76 Int. 2 Apto. 143, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 813004216-1 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

CRIADERO LAS CABANAS LTDA., Calle 137 No. 88-76 Int. 2 Apto. 143, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 816005110-5 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

MARTINEZ GALINDO, Alicia (a.k.a. MARTINEZ, Alicia), c/o AMG RICAS PIZZA, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 26 Mar 1948; Cedula No. 41386662 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK].

MARTINEZ, Alicia (a.k.a. MARTINEZ GALINDO, Alicia), c/o AMG RICAS PIZZA, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 26 Mar 1948; Cedula No. 41386662 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK].

SARABIA DIAZ, Carlos Cristino, Calle Dalia No. 37, Colonia Aguaruto, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; c/o TOYS FACTORY, S.A. DE C.V., Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; c/o COMERCIAL JOANA, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; c/o COMERCIALIZADORA BRIMAR’S, S.A. DE. C.V., Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; c/o COMERCIAL DOMELY, S.A. DE C.V., Toluca, Mexico, Mexico; DOB 24 Jul 1971; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; R.F.C. SADC710724I71 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SADC710724HSLRZR03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

TARAZONA ENCISO, Nestor Alonso, c/o AGROPECUARIA LA CRUZ S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CRIADERO LAS CABANAS LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; Calle 137 No. 52-37, Rincon Iberia, Bogota, Colombia; San Martin, Meta, Colombia; DOB 13 Jun 1965; Cedula No. 79344969 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK].

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on August 15, 2012

August 15, 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:

ALMACEN PICIS, 3 Avenida 19-59, Local 14, Zona 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 80617 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

ALQUILERES ROSSELL, Km 12.5 Carrertera Al Salvador, Santa Rosalia, Condominio La Laguna, Casa 1, Guatemala, Guatemala; Registration ID 388175 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

AUTO HOTEL PUNTO CERO, Kilometro 49.5 Carretera A El Salvador, Aldea El Cerinal, Barberena, Santa Rosa, Guatemala; Registration ID 404256 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

BODEGAS BANYOLAS, 14 Avenida 7-12 Zona 14, Centro Empresarial La Villa Bodega 23, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 71152 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

BOUTIQUE MARLLORY, KM 54.5 Carretera Al Salvador, Santa Rosa, Barberena, Guatemala; Registration ID 159497A (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

BRODWAY COMMERCE INC., 17 Calle A 7-21, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 60832 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CABOMARZO, 3A Calle 3-46, Zona 2, Residenciales Valles De Maria, Villa Nueva, Guatemala; Registration ID 89276 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CASA VOGUE, Km 14.1 Carretera El Salvador, Centro Comercial Paseo San Sebastian Local 92, Guatemala City, Guatemala [SDNTK].

CASTELLANOS CHACON, Christina Stetanel (a.k.a. “CHRISTA CASTELLANOS”); DOB 17 Jun 1991; nationality Guatemala; Passport 133374328 (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK].

CORPORACION DAIMEX S.A., 14 Avenida 7-12, Zona 14, Bodega No. 22, Empresarial La Villa, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 36397 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

DE DEL PINAL, Maria Corina (a.k.a. SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Corina; a.k.a. SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Gabriela; a.k.a. SAENZ PINAL, Maria Corina); DOB 19 May 1965; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Passport 31486K (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: INMOBILIARIA DATEUS; Linked To: WALNUTHILL; Linked To: CABOMARZO; Linked To: GRUPO MPV; Linked To: DELPSA; Linked To: BRODWAY COMMERCE INC.; Linked To: CASA VOGUE.

DELPSA, 2 Calle 25-80, Zona 15, Vista Hermosa II, Apt. 800, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 200766 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

DIGITAL SYS ADVISORS, 14 Avenida 7-12 Zona 14, Bodega 22, Empresarial La Villa, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 68326 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

DISTRIBUIDORA ROSSELL, Calzada Roosevelt KM, 13 40-31, Zona 11, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 388221 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

ESTRUCTURAS METALICAS, CIRCULARES Y ORTOGONALES (a.k.a. “EMCO”), Aldea El Durazno Lote 12 Kilometro 8.5, Antigua Ruta A San Pedro Ayampuc, Chinautla, Guatemala; Registration ID 45703 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

FARFAR, 14 Avenida 7-12 Zona 14, Bodega 22, Empresarial La Villa, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 75563 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

FERNAPLAST, Km 12-5 Ruta Al Atlantico, Apto. A, Zona 18, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 188919A (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

GRUPO MPV, Km 14.1 Carretera El Salvador, Centro Comercial Paseo San Sebastian Local 92, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 55544 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

HACIENDA SANTA INES, 3 Avenida 13-46 Zona 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 319945 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

HUERTAS Y HORTALIZAS, Lote 10 Aldea Las Vacas, Zona 16, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 49720 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA BORRAYO LASMIBAT, 13 Av 26-49, San Jose Las Rosas Zona 8, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 135027 [SDNTK].

INMOBILIARIA DATEUS, 1era Avenida 7-60, Zona 14, Apartamento 1602 Del Edificio Tadeus, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 84101 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

INVERSIONES A&E, 8 Avenida 16-49 Zona 10, Edificio San Ignacio Apto. 2-A, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 43339 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

OPERADORA CORPORATIVA DE NEGOCIOS (a.k.a. “OCN”), Diagnol 6 No. 16-01, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala [SDNTK].

SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Corina (a.k.a. DE DEL PINAL, Maria Corina; a.k.a. SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Gabriela; a.k.a. SAENZ PINAL, Maria Corina); DOB 19 May 1965; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Passport 31486K (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: INMOBILIARIA DATEUS; Linked To: WALNUTHILL; Linked To: CABOMARZO; Linked To: GRUPO MPV; Linked To: DELPSA; Linked To: BRODWAY COMMERCE INC.; Linked To: CASA VOGUE.

SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Gabriela (a.k.a. DE DEL PINAL, Maria Corina; a.k.a. SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Corina; a.k.a. SAENZ PINAL, Maria Corina); DOB 19 May 1965; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Passport 31486K (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: INMOBILIARIA DATEUS; Linked To: WALNUTHILL; Linked To: CABOMARZO; Linked To: GRUPO MPV; Linked To: DELPSA; Linked To: BRODWAY COMMERCE INC.; Linked To: CASA VOGUE.

SAENZ PINAL, Maria Corina (a.k.a. DE DEL PINAL, Maria Corina; a.k.a. SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Corina; a.k.a. SAENZ LEHNHOFF, Maria Gabriela); DOB 19 May 1965; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Passport 31486K (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: INMOBILIARIA DATEUS; Linked To: WALNUTHILL; Linked To: CABOMARZO; Linked To: GRUPO MPV; Linked To: DELPSA; Linked To: BRODWAY COMMERCE INC.; Linked To: CASA VOGUE.

SISTEMAS CONSTRUCTORES (a.k.a. “SICONSA”), Lote 10, Aldea Las Vacas, Zona 16, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 34279 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

WALNUTHILL, Diagnol 6 10-01, Zona 10, Centro Gerencial Las Margaritas, Torre II, Of. 301-B, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 80886 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

“CHRISTA CASTELLANOS” (a.k.a. CASTELLANOS CHACON, Christina Stetanel); DOB 17 Jun 1991; nationality Guatemala; Passport 133374328 (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK].

“EMCO” (a.k.a. ESTRUCTURAS METALICAS, CIRCULARES Y ORTOGONALES), Aldea El Durazno Lote 12 Kilometro 8.5, Antigua Ruta A San Pedro Ayampuc, Chinautla, Guatemala; Registration ID 45703 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

“OCN” (a.k.a. OPERADORA CORPORATIVA DE NEGOCIOS), Diagnol 6 No. 16-01, Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala [SDNTK].

“SICONSA” (a.k.a. SISTEMAS CONSTRUCTORES), Lote 10, Aldea Las Vacas, Zona 16, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Registration ID 34279 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

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Treasury Applies Additional Sanctions to Guatemalan Drug Trafficking Operation

8/15/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of two individuals and 24 entities with ties to previously-designated Guatemalan trafficker Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell or other designated individuals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). 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 these entities and individuals and any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

The two individuals designated today are Guatemalan nationals Christina Stetanel Castellanos Chacon (a.k.a. Cristha Castellanos), who is Chacon Rossell’s daughter, and Maria Corina Saenz Lehnhoff (a.k.a. Maria Corina de Del Pinal). Both are responsible for laundering narcotics proceeds on behalf of Marllory Chacon Rossell. Among the 24 entities designated today are Auto Hotel Punto Cero, a hotel in Barberena, Guatemala; Sistemas Constructores, a construction company; Importadora Borrayo Lasmibat, an import-export company; Boutique Marllory, a clothing store and; Casa Vogue, a household items store.

“Targeting the corporate and financial network of Marllory Chacon and her associates is at the core of our efforts to degrade these dangerous drug trafficking organizations,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating additional elements of the Chacon Rossell network, OFAC continues to undermine the organization’s ability to launder narcotics proceeds.”

Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell leads a drug trafficking and money laundering organization based out of Guatemala with operations in Honduras and Panama that supplies Mexican drug cartels, including Los Zetas. OFAC designated Chacon Rossell as an SDNT in January 2012, along with three of her top associates, Jorge Andres Fernandez Carbajal, Hayron Eduardo Borrayo Lasmibat, and Mirza Silvana Hernandez De Borrayo, and four entities located in Guatemala and Panama. Chacon Rossell is responsible for transshipping thousands of kilograms of cocaine per month and is believed to launder tens of millions of U.S. dollars in narcotics proceeds each month.

OFAC coordinated with the Drug Enforcement Administration on this investigation. 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 1,100 individuals and entities pursuant to the Kingpin Act since June 2000.

“DEA and the Treasury Department are attacking drug trafficking organizations at every level, using the law enforcement tools necessary to dismantle the financial networks of these dangerous criminal groups,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “This organization’s ability to launder drug trafficking proceeds will be severely hindered as a result of this designation.”

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 Chacon Rossell affiliates, click here.”

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Proliferators, Companies Linked To Regime

July 17, 2012

RTT News on July 12, 2012 released the following:

“(RTTNews) – The U.S. Treasury Department announced Thursday it is sanctioning a number of companies and individuals tied to weapons proliferation in Iran or circumvention of existing sanctions on the Iranian regime.

“Iran today is under intense, multilateral sanctions pressure, and we will continue to ratchet up the pressure so long as Iran refuses to address the international community’s well-founded concerns about its nuclear program,” Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said in a press release.

He added, “Today’s actions are our next step on that path, taking direct aim at disrupting Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as well as its deceptive efforts to use front companies to sell and move its oil.”

Today’s new sanctions came in two parts: 1) placing sanctions on 15 entities or individuals involved in supporting Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and 2) publicly sanctioning over 25 companies and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) who have repeatedly acted to circumvent current sanctions on the Iranian regime.

Both sets of sanctions block all U.S. persons and companies from engaging in any transactions with the designated entities and individuals.

Most of the entities designated under the first set of sanctions (E.O. 13382) are tied to Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) and its subsidiary Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO).

Under executive order 13382, which is “aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters and isolating them financially,” Treasury can prohibit all transactions between the designees and any U.S. person and freeze any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction, according to the State Department.

Electronic Components Industries Co. (ECI) and Information Systems Iran (ISIRAN), one of the largest and most experienced information technology companies in Iran, and Daniel Frosch, an Austrian exporter currently living in Dubai, were both designated under E.O. 13382. Frosch had previously been under investigation by Austria for exporting components that could be used in nuclear weapons to Iran.

The second set of sanctions, pursuant under E.O. 13599 or the SDN List, targets “individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific,” according to Treasury.

Petro Suisse Intertrade Company SA (Switzerland), Hong Kong Intertrade Company, Noor Energy Ltd, (Malaysia) and Petro Energy Intertrade Company (Dubai) were all added to the SDN List today “because they are owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Government of Iran,” Treasury said.

Twenty Iranian financial institutions were also designated as SDN as well as 58 National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) vessels, the NITC itself and 27 of its affiliated entities.

Pundits have argued over the efficiency of the U.S. government’s two-track approach to Iran – on the one hand, pressuring the regime with sanctions and on the other, urging them to discuss their nuclear program during meetings with the international community.

However, recent leaks from Iran showing state-owned news agencies being discouraged from reporting the effects of sanctions could show the steps are having an impact.

“Our country is not in a position to allow the media to publish news or analysis which is not compatible with the regime’s and national interests,” Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance chief Mohammad Hosseini recently told local media site dolat.ir in uncharacteristically candid terms.

He added, “The situation regarding sanctions and other pressures, especially in economy … requires more cooperation by the media so the country is not hurt.”

The next round of working-level meetings between Iran and the P5+1, the international group charged with discussing the Iranian nuclear program, will take place in Istanbul on July 24th.

by RTT Staff Writer”

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OFAC Introduces New SDN Data Production System

June 13, 2012

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on June 13, 2012 released the following:

“OFAC has just launched a new, internal Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons List production system. This system is designed to emulate existing SDN data formats so that OFAC’s internal transition should be relatively transparent to the public. However, certain long-standing (but minor) problems with OFAC’s current data formats were corrected and users of the emulated SDN data will see some changes to records that are administrative only.

The following administrative changes have been made to SDN data in the emulated formats.

  1. All SDN data in the human-readable files now end in a period (.) . The period will serve as a true end of line marker from this point forward.
  2. Data that were produced with no specific ordering rules in the past now have ordering rules applied. For example, weak aliases in the remarks fields of the fixed-width and delimited files could change position within the remarks field from publication to publication. This will no longer occur. Specific ordering has also been applied to other data in the remarks (identification information like passport number, cedula number, etc. will appear in a consistent order from publication to publication).
  3. Extra/erroneous spaces that appeared in SDN records have been removed.
  4. Dates in the SDN data files could be published in variable formats. The following formats were allowed: D MMM YYYY; DD MMM YYYY; D MMM YY; DD MMM YY. Now all dates will be published in a single format DD MMM YYYY. Single digit days will now be padded with a 0 in front of the actual day.
  5. In the past OFAC used the abbreviation “c/o” in the address field of its data and human-readable files to describe a relationship between two or more SDNs. In the newly produced data files relationships between SDNs will be more clearly defined using the phrase, “Linked To:” as the following example shows.
  6. TEST COMPANY (a.k.a. BIG TEST COMPANY), Test Street 1, Test Street 2, Test Street 3, Test City, Test State Test Province, Test Country; Remarks Field test [IRAQ] Linked To: TEST, Joe.

    The “Linked To:” descriptor will start appearing in newly created SDNs. OFAC may replace older “c/o” records with “Linked To:” over time.

  7. Certain e-mail addresses in the OFAC data were associated with a specific country. That association has been removed.
  8. There was an inconsistency in the program codes presented in the human-readable SDN files as compared to the machine-readable files with regard to Zimbabwe. In the machine-readable SDN files the program code for Zimbabwe was ZIMB. In the human-readable files it was ZIMBABWE. The code is now ZIMBABWE in both sets of files.
  9. Dates of birth may now feature date ranges in place of “circa” values for new designations.
  10. Records in ADD.* files are now always ordered by ent_num and then by add_num. Records in ALT.* files are now always ordered by ent_num and then by alt_num.
  11. The SDN.XML file is now ordered by UID.

For the next few days the SDN data files that are produced by OFAC’s old SDN production system will be available in their current location. The new files will be available for download and testing. We STRONGLY encourage users of these data to download and review of the emulated SDN files. These files can be found here.

If you have any difficulty loading these new files into your screening systems, please contact OFAC immediately by e-mail at O_F_A_C@do.treas.gov. Please be as detailed as possible when describing your problem.”

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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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