Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

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

The following [SDNT] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

AGUILAR ROJAS, Luz Elena, c/o PARQUE INDUSTRIAL PROGRESO S.A., Yumbo, Colombia; c/o GEOPLASTICOS S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 14 Mar 1966; POB Cali, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 31940893 (Colombia); Passport 31940893 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

CORPORACION CLUB DEPORTIVO TULUA (a.k.a. CORTULUA), Carrera 26 No. 32-70 B. Salesiano, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800097185-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CORTULUA (a.k.a. CORPORACION CLUB DEPORTIVO TULUA), Carrera 26 No. 32-70 B. Salesiano, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800097185-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

GRUPO C.L.P. CONSTRUCTORA S.A. DE C.V., Calle San Uriel 690, Interior 10, Piso 4, Colonia
Chapalita, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico [SDNT]

LARES RANGEL, Jose Luis, c/o GRUPO C.L.P. CONSTRUCTORA S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Lopez Cotilla 2032, Piso 10, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Ignacio Ramos Praslow 640, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 18 Apr 1942; POB Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. LARL420418HJCRNS01 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNT]

The following [SDNTK] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

BRAVIO ARMORED GROUP (a.k.a. MULTISERVICIOS BRAVIO, S.A. DE C.V.), Local C-25 Plaza Rio, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Av. Via Rapida 26, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; R.F.C. MBR-961115-4M6 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

MULTISERVICIOS BRAVIO, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. BRAVIO ARMORED GROUP), Local C-25 Plaza Rio, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Av. Via Rapida 26, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; R.F.C. MBR-961115-4M6 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

GONZALEZ MUNOZ, Daniel, c/o MEGA DOLAR, S.A. DE C.V., Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Blvd. Cuahutemoc 1499 L C 7BI, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Calle Carrasco 3895 No. 2, Chapultepec, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; c/o MULTISERVICIOS BRAVIO, S.A. DE C.V., Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; c/o MULTISERVICIOS DEL NOROESTE DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V., Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; DOB 20 Jun 1958; POB Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; R.F.C. GOMD-580620-SX9 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

MEGA DOLAR MULTISERVICIOS (a.k.a. MEGA DOLAR, S.A. DE C.V.), Local C-25 Plaza Rio, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Av. Via Rapida 25-E, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; R.F.C. MDO-940316-RTA (Mexico) [SDNTK]

MEGA DOLAR, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. MEGA DOLAR MULTISERVICIOS), Local C-25 Plaza Rio, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Av. Via Rapida 25-E, Colonia Zona Rio, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; R.F.C. MDO-940316-RTA (Mexico) [SDNTK]

MULTISERVICIOS DEL NOROESTE DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V., Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico [SDNTK]

PV STAR, S.A. DE C.V., Ohio No. 4123, Col. Quintas Del Sol, Chihuahua, Chihuahua 31214, Mexico; R.F.C. PST98081 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

ROBLEDO CORONEL, Baldemar, c/o COMERCIALIZADORA BRIMAR’S, S.A. DE. C.V., Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Prol. Sta. Tecla No. 51, Casa 12. Cond. Viole, Los Reyes, Coyoacan, Mexico; Blvd. FCO I Madero Pte. No. 650, Col. Centro, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; c/o COMERCIAL JOANA, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 27 Jan 1974; POB Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. ROCB740127HDGBRL07 (Mexico); Passport 420005453 (Mexico); R.F.C. ROCB740127KZ0 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

VILLALOBOS ALVARADO, Juan Pablo, c/o PV STAR, S.A. DE C.V., Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico; Calle Cedro No. 804, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico; DOB 14 Mar 1960; POB Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. VIAJ600314HCHLLN00 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012

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

The following [SDNT] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS DE OCCIDENTE S.A. (a.k.a. APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS S.A.; f.k.a. UNIDAD DE DIAGNOSTICO MEDICO ESPECIALIZADO LTDA.; f.k.a. “UNIDES LTDA.”), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800118755-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS S.A. (a.k.a. APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS DE OCCIDENTE S.A.; f.k.a. UNIDAD DE DIAGNOSTICO MEDICO ESPECIALIZADO LTDA.; f.k.a. “UNIDES LTDA.”), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800118755-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

UNIDAD DE DIAGNOSTICO MEDICO ESPECIALIZADO LTDA. (a.k.a. APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS DE OCCIDENTE S.A.; a.k.a. APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS S.A.; f.k.a. “UNIDES LTDA.”), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800118755-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

“UNIDES LTDA.” (a.k.a. APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS DE OCCIDENTE S.A.; a.k.a. APOYOS DIAGNOSTICOS S.A.; f.k.a. UNIDAD DE DIAGNOSTICO MEDICO ESPECIALIZADO LTDA.), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800118755-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

ARISTIZABAL ATEHORTUA, Jaime Alberto, c/o INVERSIONES MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ E HIJO, Cali, Colombia; c/o RADIO UNIDAS FM S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o REVISTA DEL AMERICA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o COLOR 89.5 FM STEREO, Cali, Colombia; c/o DERECHO INTEGRAL Y CIA. LTDA., Cali, Colombia; DOB 11 Oct 1968; Cedula No. 16756325 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

AVILA DE MONDRAGON, Ana Dolores, c/o COMPAX LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES COSMOVALLE LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES ABC S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 22 Dec 1911; Cedula No. 29183223 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

CLINICA DE OCCIDENTE TULUA S.A. (f.k.a. CLINICA NUESTRA SENORA DE FATIMA S.A.; a.k.a. CLINICA SAN FRANCISCO S.A.), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800191916-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CLINICA NUESTRA SENORA DE FATIMA S.A. (f.k.a. CLINICA DE OCCIDENTE TULUA S.A.; a.k.a. CLINICA SAN FRANCISCO S.A.), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800191916-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CLINICA SAN FRANCISCO S.A. (f.k.a. CLINICA DE OCCIDENTE TULUA S.A.; f.k.a. CLINICA NUESTRA SENORA DE FATIMA S.A.), Calle 26 No. 34-60, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 800191916-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CORREAL GUZMAN, Gloria Ines, c/o GIAMX LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 51678272 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

CREACIONES DEPORTIVAS WILLINGTON LTDA., Cosmocentro, Local 130, Cali, Colombia; Calle 5 No. 25-65, Cali, Colombia [SDNT]

GRUESO HURTADO, Ximena, c/o INCOMMERCE S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 19 Nov 1980; Cedula No. 66968767 (Colombia); Passport 66968767 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

LEAL HERNANDEZ, Mauricio, c/o INCOMMERCE S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 24 Nov 1974; Cedula No. 94429420 (Colombia); Passport 94429420 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

ORTIZ PALACIO, Willington Alfonso (a.k.a. ORTIZ PALACIOS, Willington Alfonso), Calle 5 No. 25-65, Cali, Colombia; Carrera 62 Bis No. 6A, Cali, Colombia; Avenida 5AN No. 23D-68 piso 2 L-113, Cali, Colombia; c/o CREACIONES DEPORTIVAS WILLINGTON LTDA., Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 19159807 (Colombia); Passport AF582577 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

ORTIZ PALACIOS, Willington Alfonso (a.k.a. ORTIZ PALACIO, Willington Alfonso), Calle 5 No. 25-65, Cali, Colombia; Carrera 62 Bis No. 6A, Cali, Colombia; Avenida 5AN No. 23D-68 piso 2 L-113, Cali, Colombia; c/o CREACIONES DEPORTIVAS WILLINGTON LTDA., Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 19159807 (Colombia); Passport AF582577 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

PINZON CEDIEL, John Jairo, c/o TAURA S.A., Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 13542013 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

RODRIGUEZ CONRADO, Elmer Martin, c/o COPSERVIR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o LITOPHARMA, Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 8773134 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

YEPES ALZATE, Milady, c/o OBURSATILES S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 9 Jan 1968; Cedula No. 31971236 (Colombia); Passport 31971236 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

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

The following [SDNT] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

ALVAREZ DE LA TORRE, Mario Andres, c/o AMERICANA DE COSMETICOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COSMEPOP, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 6 Mar 1972; Cedula No. 232594 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

CARRERO BURBANO, Emma Alexandra, c/o DROMARCA Y CIA. S.C.S., Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS KRESSFOR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 52362326 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

CASQUETE VARGAS, Orlando, c/o ALFA PHARMA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS GENERICOS VETERINARIOS, Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS KRESSFOR, Bogota, Colombia; c/o PENTA PHARMA DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 7 Jan 1957; Cedula No. 19270159 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

LEON REYES, German, c/o COLPHAR S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 79273729 (Colombia); Passport 79273729 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

LOPEZ SANDOVAL, Fernando Alberto, c/o DISTRIBUIDORA SANAR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o DISTRIEXPORT S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; c/o INCOMMERCE S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 12 Oct 1975; Cedula No. 94450287 (Colombia); Passport 94450287 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

MANJARRES FORERO, Baudelino, c/o CAJA SOLIDARIA, Bogota, Colombia; c/o CREDISOL, Bogota, Colombia; c/o FOMENTAMOS, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 24 May 1949; Cedula No. 19073383 (Colombia); Passport 19073383 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

MEDINA FAJARDO, Yovani (a.k.a. MEDINA FAJARDO, Yovany), c/o CODISA, Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 21 Nov 1969; Cedula No. 11317493 (Colombia); Passport 11317493 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

MEDINA FAJARDO, Yovany (a.k.a. MEDINA FAJARDO, Yovani), c/o CODISA, Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 21 Nov 1969; Cedula No. 11317493 (Colombia); Passport 11317493 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

MOSCOSO MONTES, Nelly Fabiola, c/o ADMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; c/o CODISA, Bogota, Colombia; c/o FARMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 5 May 1964; Cedula No. 51740771 (Colombia); Passport 51740771 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

NINO VALBUENA, Luis German, c/o COLPHAR S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 19423011 (Colombia); Passport 19423011 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

OSPINA LIZALDA, Marina, c/o ADMINISTRADORA DE SERVICIOS VARIOS CALIMA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CHAMARTIN S.A., Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 31838118 (Colombia); Passport 31838118 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

PAREDES GONZALEZ, Nohora, c/o COPSERVIR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 6 Aug 1963; Cedula No. 36376456 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

PUERTO, Luis Alfredo, c/o ADMACOOP, Bogota, Colombia; c/o CODISA, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 17 Dec 1955; Cedula No. 79113154 (Colombia); Passport 79113154 (Colombia) (individual)
[SDNT]

RAMOS BONILLA, Blanca Clemencia, c/o LABORATORIOS BLAIMAR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COSMEPOP, Bogota, Colombia; c/o LATINA DE COSMETICOS Y DISTRIBUCIONES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 19 Mar 1959; Cedula No. 41767311 (Colombia); Passport 41767311 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

RICUARTE FLOREZ, Gilma Leonor, c/o LABORATORIOS GENERICOS VETERINARIOS, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 20 Apr 1961; Cedula No. 51640309 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

SALAZAR, Jose Leonel, c/o INMOBILIARIA U.M.V. S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL VALLE DE ORO S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 14 Mar 1956; Cedula No. 10529253 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

SANCHEZ DE VALENCIA, Dora Gladys, c/o INMOBILIARIA U.M.V. S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 7 AUG 1955; Cedula No. 31273248 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

SOLAQUE SANCHEZ, Alfredo Alfonso, c/o LABORATORIOS KRESSFOR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS CONDOR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ALFA PHARMA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PENTACOOP LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PENTA PHARMA DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o LABORATORIOS BLAIMAR DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 18 Dec 1962; Cedula No. 79261845 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

VARGAS VASQUEZ, Jorge Alberto, c/o AMERICANA DE COSMETICOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o DISTRIEXPORT S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 30 Jun 1960; Cedula No. 19401630 (Colombia); Passport 19401630 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on January 10, 2012

January 12, 2012

On January 10, 2012, OFAC has removed [SDNT] Entries from the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNT] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

ABADIA BASTIDAS, Carmen Alicia (a.k.a. ABADIA DE RAMIREZ, Carmen Alicia), c/o DISDROGAS LTDA., Yumbo, Valle, Colombia; c/o RAMIREZ ABADIA Y CIA. S.C.S., Cali, Colombia; Calle 9 No. 39-65, Cali, Colombia; DOB 15 Jul 1934; POB Palmira, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 29021074 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

ABADIA DE RAMIREZ, Carmen Alicia (a.k.a. ABADIA BASTIDAS, Carmen Alicia), c/o DISDROGAS LTDA., Yumbo, Valle, Colombia; c/o RAMIREZ ABADIA Y CIA. S.C.S., Cali, Colombia; Calle 9 No. 39-65, Cali, Colombia; DOB 15 Jul 1934; POB Palmira, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 29021074 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

ALM INVESTMENT FLORIDA, INC., 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW Le Jeune Rd, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; US FEIN 65-0336852 (United States) [SDNT]

ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Carrera 74 No. 76-150, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 890114337-6 (Colombia) [SDNT]

BRUNELLO LTD., Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Nine Island Avenue, Unit 1411, Miami Beach, FL; C.R. No. 68557 (Cayman Islands) [SDNT]

C.W. SALMAN PARTNERS, 1401 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131; US FEIN 65-0111089 (United States) [SDNT]

CARLOS SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.S., Carrera 74 No. 76 – 150, Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; NIT #800180437-8 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CIPE INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; C.R. No. 197910/22096/0051 (Panama); RUC # 2209651197910 (Panama) [SDNT]

CONASA S.A. (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 802019866-4 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CONSTRUCTORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A. (a.k.a. CONASA S.A.), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 802019866-4 (Colombia) [SDNT]

CONFECCIONES LORD S.A., Carrera 74 No. 76 -150, Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; NIT # 890101890-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]

ELIZABETH OVERSEAS INC., Panama City, Panama; C.R. No. 194798/21722 (Panama); RUC # 2172202194798 (Panama) [SDNT]

ESCALONA, Victor Julio, c/o C A V J CORPORATION LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o C.A. V.J. CORPORATION, Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela; c/o VOL PHARMACYA LTDA., Cucuta, Colombia; C.I.N. 7353289 (Venezuela); Passport A0229910 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNT]

FINANZAS DEL NORTE LTDA. (a.k.a. FINANZAS DEL NORTE LUIS SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A.), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 890108715-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

FINANZAS DEL NORTE LUIS SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A. (f.k.a. FINANZAS DEL NORTE LTDA.), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 890108715-2 (Colombia) [SDNT]

GAVIRIA PRICE, Juan Pablo, Carrera 4 No. 11- 33 Ofc. 710, Cali, Colombia; c/o CRIADERO LA LUISA E.U., Cali, Colombia; DOB 09 Jul 1960; POB Cali, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 16639081 (Colombia); Passport 16639081 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

GIL RODRIGUEZ, Ana Maria, c/o AMPARO R. DE GIL Y CIA. S.C.S., Cali, Colombia; c/o DROBLAM S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 24 Aug 1978; Cedula No. 67020296 (Colombia); Passport 67020296 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

GIL RODRIGUEZ, Angela Maria, c/o AMPARO R. DE GIL Y CIA. S.C.S., Cali, Colombia; c/o DROBLAM S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o AQUILEA S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 21 Feb 1980; Cedula No. 52721666 (Colombia); Passport 52721666 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

GIMBER INVESTING CORPORATION, Virgin Islands, British [SDNT]

GIRALDO ARBELAEZ, Fernando, c/o INMOBILIARIA U.M.V. S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 27 Nov 1952; Cedula No. 16249351 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

GRANADA ASSOCIATES, INC., 780 NW Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; citizen Colombia; US FEIN 65-0336843 (United States) [SDNT]

INVERSIONES DEL PRADO ABDALA SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 901, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 890108452-0 (Colombia) [SDNT]

JAAR JACIR, Armando Jacobo (a.k.a. JAAR JASSIR, Armando Jacobo), c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o BLACKMORE INVESTMENTS A.V.V., Oranjestad, Aruba; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o JACARIA FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Calle 72 No. 65-56, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 81 No. 57-56, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 118 No. 19-38, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 20 Jan 1947; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 7432263 (Colombia); Passport P015313 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

JAAR JASSIR, Armando Jacobo (a.k.a. JAAR JACIR, Armando Jacobo), c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o BLACKMORE INVESTMENTS A.V.V., Oranjestad, Aruba; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o JACARIA FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Calle 72 No. 65-56, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 81 No. 57- 56, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 118 No. 19-38, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 20 Jan 1947; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 7432263 (Colombia); Passport P015313 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

JAAR JACIR, Ricardo (a.k.a. JAAR JASSIR, Ricardo), c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CONFECCIONES LORD S.A., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GIMBER INVESTING CORPORATION, Virgin Islands, British; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o JACARIA FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 29 Sep 1940; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 3714973 (Colombia);Passport AF665413 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

JAAR JASSIR, Ricardo (a.k.a. JAAR JACIR, Ricardo), c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CONFECCIONES LORD S.A., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GIMBER INVESTING CORPORATION, Virgin Islands, British; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o JACARIA FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 29 Sep 1940; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 3714973 (Colombia); Passport AF665413 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

JAAR, Carmen E. (a.k.a. S DE JAAR, Carmen Elena; a.k.a. SIMAN DADA DE JAAR, Carmen Elena; a.k.a. SIMAN DE JAAR, Carmen Elena), c/o ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o CIPE INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; 325 Poinciana Island Drive, Sunny Island Beach, FL 33160; DOB 01 Nov 1953; Cedula No. 1629942 (El Salvador); Passport B296684 (El Salvador) (individual) [SDNT]

S DE JAAR, Carmen Elena (a.k.a. JAAR, Carmen E.; a.k.a. SIMAN DADA DE JAAR, Carmen Elena; a.k.a. SIMAN DE JAAR, Carmen Elena), c/o ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o CIPE INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; 325 Poinciana Island Drive, Sunny Island Beach, FL 33160; DOB 01 Nov 1953; Cedula No. 1629942 (El Salvador); Passport B296684 (El Salvador) (individual) [SDNT]

SIMAN DADA DE JAAR, Carmen Elena (a.k.a. JAAR, Carmen E.; a.k.a. S DE JAAR, Carmen Elena; a.k.a. SIMAN DE JAAR, Carmen Elena), c/o ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o CIPE INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; 325 Poinciana Island Drive, Sunny Island Beach, FL 33160; DOB 01 Nov 1953; Cedula No. 1629942 (El Salvador); Passport B296684 (El Salvador) (individual) [SDNT]

SIMAN DE JAAR, Carmen Elena (a.k.a. JAAR, Carmen E.; a.k.a. S DE JAAR, Carmen Elena; a.k.a. SIMAN DADA DE JAAR, Carmen Elena), c/o ARMANDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o CIPE INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; 325 Poinciana Island Drive, Sunny Island Beach, FL 33160; DOB 01 Nov 1953; Cedula No. 1629942 (El Salvador); Passport B296684 (El Salvador) (individual) [SDNT]

JACARIA FLORIDA, INC., 1149 SW 27th Avenue Suite 203, Miami, FL 33135; 9400 South Dadeland Boulevard Suite 601, Miami, FL 33156; US FEIN 592804133 (United States) [SDNT]

JAMCE INVESTMENTS LTD., Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; C.R. No. 93989 (Cayman Islands) [SDNT]

KAREN OVERSEAS FLORIDA, INC., 780 NW Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; US FEIN 592827636 (United States) [SDNT]

KAREN OVERSEAS, INC., Panama City, Panama; C.R. No. 194799/0011 (Panama); RUC # 2172211194799 (Panama) [SDNT]

KATTUS CORPORATION, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados; Registration ID 67199901 (Barbados) [SDNT]

KATTUS II CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; C.R. No. 390286/172468 (Panama); RUC # 1724681390286 (Panama) [SDNT]

MARC LLC, 780 Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156 [SDNT]

MARIN GOMEZ, Mallerly Alejandra, c/o LEMOFAR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 2 Jul 1982; Cedula No. 52719053 (Colombia); Passport 52719053 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

MLA INVESTMENTS INC., Virgin Islands, British; C.R. No. IBC 525487 (Virgin Islands, British) [SDNT]

MOISES SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Carrera 74 No. 76 – 150, Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; NIT #890114338-3 (Colombia) [SDNT]

PINZON POVEDA, Marco Antonio, Carrera 65 No. 13B-125 apt. 307, Cali, Colombia; c/o DEPOSITO POPULAR DE DROGAS S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS CONDOR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 21 Dec 1948; Cedula No. 17801803 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

RAMIREZ PONCE, Omar, c/o DISDROGAS LTDA., Yumbo, Valle, Colombia; c/o RAMIREZ ABADIA Y CIA. S.C.S., Cali, Colombia; Carrera 38 No. 13-138, Cali, Colombia; DOB 01 Jan 1940; POB Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 6064636 (Colombia); Passport 6064636 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

RENTERIA CAICEDO, Beatriz Eugenia, c/o CANADUZ S.A., Cali, Colombia; Diagonal 130 No. 7-20, Apt. 806, Bogota, Colombia; Avenida 11 No. 7N-166, Cali, Colombia; 85 Brainerd Road, Townhouse 9, Allston, MA 02134; 18801 Collins Avenue, Apt. 322-3, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160; Calle 90 No. 10-05, Bogota, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES AGROINDUSTRIALES DEL OCCIDENTE LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COMPANIA AGROPECUARIA DEL SUR LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 30 Nov 1977; citizen Colombia; nationality Colombia; Cedula No. 52424737 (Colombia); Passport AG034865 (Colombia); alt. Passport AE309750 (Colombia); SSN 594-33-3351 (United States) (individual) [SDNT]

RICARDO JAAR Y CIA. S.C.S., Carrera 74 No. 76 – 150, Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; NIT # 890114336-9 (Colombia) [SDNT]

RIXFORD INVESTMENT CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1963801394709 (Panama) [SDNT]

SAIEH JAMIS, Carlos Ernesto, c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ALM INVESTMENT FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o BLACKMORE INVESTMENTS A.V.V., Oranjestad, Aruba; c/o CARLOS SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CONFECCIONES LORD S.A., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CONSTRUCTORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ELIZABETH OVERSEAS INC., Panama City, Panama; c/o FINANZAS DEL NORTE LUIS SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GRANADA ASSOCIATES, INC., Miami, FL; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES DEL PRADO ABDALA SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o KAREN OVERSEAS, INC., Panama City, Panama; c/o KAREN OVERSEAS FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o KATTUS II CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; c/o MARC LLC, Miami, FL; c/o MOISES SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o RIXFORD INVESTMENT CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; c/o URBANIZADORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; 780 NW Le Jeune Rd, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; Carrera 56 No. 79-102 Piso-10, Barranquilla, Colombia; Nine Island Avenue, Unit 1411, Miami Beach, FL; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; c/o C.W. SALMAN PARTNERS, Miami, FL; c/o SALMAN CORAL WAY PARTNERS, Miami, FL; c/o BRUNELLO LTD., Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; c/o MLA INVESTMENTS, INC., Virgin Islands, British; DOB 24 Feb 1964; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; citizen Colombia; nationality Colombia; Cedula No. 8739066 (Colombia); Passport AH006864 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

SAIEH MUVDI, Moises Abdal, 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ALM INVESTMENT FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o CARLOS SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.S., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CONFECCIONES LORD S.A., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CONSTRUCTORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o ELIZABETH OVERSEAS INC., Panama City, Panama; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o C.W. SALMAN PARTNERS, Miami, FL; c/o SALMAN CORAL WAY PARTNERS, Miami, FL; c/o GRANADA ASSOCIATES, INC., Miami, FL; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES DEL PRADO ABDALA SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o KAREN OVERSEAS, INC., Panama City, Panama; c/o KAREN OVERSEAS FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o KATTUS II CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; c/o MOISES SAIEH Y CIA. S.C.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o RIXFORD INVESTMENT CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; c/o SUNSET & 97TH HOLDINGS, LLC., Miami, FL; c/o URBANIZADORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; Carrera 56 No. 79-40, Apt 7, Barranquilla, Colombia; 19667 NE 36 Court A 12-G, North Miami Beach, FL 33180; 780 NW Le Jeune Rd, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 1405 SW 107th Ave, Ste 301B, Miami, FL; 19667 Turnberry Way, Unit 12G, Miami, FL 33180; 20301 W Country Club Drive, Apt 824, Aventura, FL 33180; c/o VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o JAMCE INVESTMENTS LTD., Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; c/o KATTUS CORPORATION, Barbados; c/o MLA INVESTMENTS, INC., Virgin Islands, British; c/o VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; DOB 06 Jun 1945; POB Pamplona, Norte de Santander; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 7427466 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

SALMAN CORAL WAY PARTNERS, 2731 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145; US FEIN 59-2276524 (United States) [SDNT]

SUNSET & 97TH HOLDINGS, LLC. (a.k.a. SUNSET AND 97TH HOLDINGS, LLC.), 19667 Turnberry Way, Unit 12 G, Miami, FL 33180; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; 780 NW Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; P.O. Box 51314, Calle 72 No. 6556, Barranquilla, Colombia; US FEIN 260064717 (United States) [SDNT]

SUNSET AND 97TH HOLDINGS, LLC. (a.k.a. SUNSET & 97TH HOLDINGS, LLC.), 19667 Turnberry Way, Unit 12 G, Miami, FL 33180; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; 780 NW Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; P.O. Box 51314, Calle 72 No. 6556, Barranquilla, Colombia; US FEIN 260064717 (United States) [SDNT]

TELNET S.A. (a.k.a. URBANIZADORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.; a.k.a. URBAVISTA), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 802014697-3 (Colombia) [SDNT]

URBANIZADORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A. (f.k.a. TELNET S.A.; a.k.a. URBAVISTA), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT # 802014697-3 (Colombia) [SDNT]

URBAVISTA (f.k.a. TELNET S.A.; a.k.a. URBANIZADORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A.), Calle 77 B No. 57 – 141, Ofc. 917, Barranquilla, Colombia; NIT #802014697-3 (Colombia) [SDNT]

VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; C.R. No. 312563/48824/0058 (Panama) [SDNT]

VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS FLORIDA, INC., 780 NW Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 9100 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 912, Miami, FL 33156; US FEIN 650439600 (United States) [SDNT]

The following [SDNTK] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

GRUPO LOMEDIC (a.k.a. LOMEDIC, S.A. DE C.V.; a.k.a. MEDIC EXPRESS, S.A. DE C.V.), Av. del Parque #489, Col. San Andres, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44810, Mexico; Calle Chicle 234, Colonia El Colli Industrial, Zapopan, Jalisco 45069, Mexico; R.F.C. LOM-990211- KQ2 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

LOMEDIC, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. GRUPO LOMEDIC; a.k.a. MEDIC EXPRESS, S.A. DE C.V.), Av. del Parque #489, Col. San Andres, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44810, Mexico; Calle Chicle 234, Colonia El Colli Industrial, Zapopan, Jalisco 45069, Mexico; R.F.C. LOM-990211- KQ2 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

MEDIC EXPRESS, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. GRUPO LOMEDIC; a.k.a. LOMEDIC, S.A. DE C.V.), Av. del Parque #489, Col. San Andres, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44810, Mexico; Calle Chicle 234, Colonia El Colli Industrial, Zapopan, Jalisco 45069, Mexico; R.F.C. LOM-990211-KQ2 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

LOMELI BOLANOS, Carlos, c/o LOMEDIC, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 05 Aug 1959; POB Guadalajara, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. LOBC590805HJCMLR02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Alleged Key Panama-based Money Laundering Operation Linked to Mexican and Colombian Drug Cartels

January 3, 2012

VAdvert.co.uk on December 31, 2011 released the following:

“Sophia Jenson

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly (“Cheaitelly”) and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa (“El Khansa”) as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) due to their significant role in international money laundering activities involving drug trafficking proceeds. OFAC also designated nine other individuals and 28 entities in Colombia, Panama, Lebanon, and Hong Kong with ties to Cheaitelly and El Khansa. 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 freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly runs an extensive money laundering network based in Panama and Colombia with ties to Mexico, Lebanon, and Hong Kong,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating these individuals and companies we are exposing a significant international money laundering network, forcing them out of the international financial system, and undermining their ability to launder drug money through a global support network for the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.”

Treasury took today’s actions in close coordination with investigations by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the New York City Police Department.

“These criminals and their entities operate in the shadows, using sophisticated means and various business fronts to launder drug trafficking proceeds worldwide,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These traffickers and businesses fuel drug trafficking, violence, and corruption. The United States Government will use all available law enforcement tools to attack and defeat these global criminal networks and their facilitators.”

Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly leads a Panama-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization that stretches across the globe, spanning the Americas, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. Today’s action targets key Colombian members of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, including Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Barranquilla-based drug trafficker Benny Issa Fawaz and Maicao-based money launderer Ali Mohamad Saleh. Cheaitelly’s key financial associates are also targeted, including his siblings, Jaime Fadlallah Cheaytelli, Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelli Saheli, and Fatima Fadlallath Cheaitilly, and two Lebanon-based associates, Fawaz Mohamad Rahall and Ahmed El Khansa.

Today’s action also targets 28 companies controlled by Jorge Cheaitelly and Mohamad El Khansa and their associates in Panama, Colombia and Hong Kong. Among today’s designations are several money exchange businesses in Panama — Eurocambio, S.A., Euro Exchange Y Financial Commerce, Inc. (a.k.a. Eurex) and General Commerce Overseas, Inc. ­– as well as Junior International S.A., Global Technology Import & Export, S.A. (GTI), and Fedco Import & Export, S.A., import/export businesses located in Panama’s Colon Free Zone that are part of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa financial network. Junior International S.A. is affiliated with the significant Lebanese drug trafficker and money launderer, Ayman Joumaa, who was designated under the Kingpin Act in January 2011. Cheaitelly replaced Ayman Joumaa as director of Junior International S.A. and continues to operate the company with Joumaa’s brothers who are also designated as narcotics traffickers.

Several front companies located in Maicao, Colombia were also designated, including electronics stores Bodega Electro Giorgio and Almacen Electro Sony Star, general merchandise businesses Family Fedco and Comercial Globanty, and luggage stores Almacen Batul and Comercial Estilo y Moda. Two businesses controlled by Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Agropecuaria La Perla Ltda and KPD S.A., were also designated. OFAC also designated Polyton (Asia) Limited, a company located in Hong Kong, for acting for or on behalf of Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelly Saheli.

Today’s action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins 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.”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

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:

AGROPECUARIA LA PERLA LTDA. (a.k.a. “AGROPERLA”), Calle 18 Norte, No. 3N-24, Oficina 602, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 8002113865 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

AGROPERLA (a.k.a. AGROPECUARIA LA PERLA LTDA.), Calle 18 Norte, No. 3N-24, Oficina 602, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 8002113865 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

ALMACEN BATUL (a.k.a. “BODEGA CAMPEON”), Calle 10A , No. 11A-41/45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 36817 (Colombia); NIT # 639000204-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR (a.k.a. “MICROEMPRESA KHANSA”), Calle 13, No. 10-45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 639000271-8 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

ARBELAEZ VELEZ, Ivan Dario, c/o FARBE COMUNICACIONES LTDA; c/o AGROESPINAL S.A.; DOB 26 Jul 1967; POB Medellin, Colombia; Cedula No. 98541418 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

BODEGA CAMPEON (a.k.a. ALMACEN BATUL), Calle 10A , No. 11A-41/45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 36817 (Colombia); NIT # 639000204-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO, Calle 14 No. 8-67, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 00027344 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

CAFE DU LIBAN, S.A., Avenida Eloy Alfaro, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 36266-1-368869 (Panama) [SDNTK]

CASA DE CAMBIO EUROCAMBIO (a.k.a. EUROCAMBIO, S.A.), Calle Ricardo Arias, Edificio Macondo, Local 2-A, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 17762-1-366473 (Panama) [SDNTK]

CHEAITELLI SAHELI, Guiseppe Ali, c/o POLYTON (ASIA) LIMITED; DOB 10 Feb 1966; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 84046545 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

CHEAITELLY SAHELE, Jorge Ali (a.k.a. FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Jorge; a.k.a. “GIORGIO”), c/o BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO; c/o EUROCAMBIO, S.A.; c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o PRODUCERS GROUP CORP.; c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGIOTELLY, S.A.; c/o III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL; c/o J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A.; c/o SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A.; c/o JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.; DOB 20 Dec 1960; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 17849451 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA, Calle 10A, No. 11A-41/45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 639000204-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

COMERCIAL GLOBANTY, Calle 13, No. 10-19, Local 02, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13, No. 10-36, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 102964 (Colombia); NIT # 56083194-1 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

EDERY CRIVOSEI, Jaime, c/o AGROPECUARIA LA PERLA LTDA.; c/o KPD S.A.; DOB 27 Aug 1957; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 16588834 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

EL KHANSA, Ahmad, c/o GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI); DOB 4 Oct 1967; POB Ghobeiry, Lebanon; Passport RL 0884631 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK]

EL KHANSA, Mohamad Zouheir (a.k.a. TORRES ZAMBRANO, Manuel), c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI); c/o MICRO EMPRESA ASHQUI; DOB 9 Jan 1971; alt. DOB 9 Jan 1970; POB Ghobeiri, Lebanon POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 84077765 (Colombia); Passport RL 0736643 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK]

EUREX (a.k.a. EURO EXCHANGE Y FINANCIAL COMMERCE, INC.), Avenida Eusebio A Morales y Via Veneto – Hotel Veneto, Planta Baja, Local 6, Panama City, Panama; Edificio Servicios Aeroportuarios, Segundo Piso, Local 12, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1652278-1-675861 (Panama) [SDNTK]

EURO EXCHANGE Y FINANCIAL COMMERCE, INC. (a.k.a. “EUREX”), Avenida Eusebio A Morales y Via Veneto – Hotel Veneto, Planta Baja, Local 6, Panama City, Panama; Edificio Servicios Aeroportuarios, Segundo Piso, Local 12, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1652278-1-675861 (Panama) [SDNTK]

EUROCAMBIO, S.A. (a.k.a. “CASA DE CAMBIO EUROCAMBIO”), Calle Ricardo Arias, Edificio Macondo, Local 2-A, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 17762-1-366473 (Panama) [SDNTK]

FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Fatima (a.k.a. FADLALLATH CHEAITILLY, Fatima), c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o COMERCIAL GLOBANTY; DOB 8 Dec 1972; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 56083194 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Jorge (a.k.a. CHEAITELLY SAHELE, Jorge Ali; a.k.a. “GIORGIO”), c/o BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO; c/o EUROCAMBIO, S.A.; c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o PRODUCERS GROUP CORP.; c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGIOTELLY, S.A.; c/o III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL; c/o J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A.; c/o SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A.; c/o JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.; DOB 20 Dec 1960; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 17849451 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FADLALLAH CHEAYTELLI, Jaime, c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o EURO EXCHANGE Y FINANCIAL COMMERCE, INC.; DOB 18 Jul 1967; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 84048039 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FADLALLATH CHEAITILLY, Fatima (a.k.a. FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Fatima), c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o COMERCIAL GLOBANTY; DOB 8 Dec 1972; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 56083194 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

FAMILY FEDCO, Calle 13, No. 14-36, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 72204490-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

FARBE COMUNICACIONES LTDA, Carrera 81 A 34, No. C-43, Medellin, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 21-290521-03 (Colombia); NIT # 811030724-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

FEDCO IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A., La Calle 16 Avenue, Santa Isabel, P.O. Box 3114, Zona Libre, Colon, Panama; RUC # 660249-1-461129 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC., Calle Ricardo Arias, Edificio Macondo, Local 2-A, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1109850-1-561818 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A., Panama; RUC # 27216-2-227535 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GIORGIO (a.k.a. CHEAITELLY SAHELE, Jorge Ali; a.k.a. FADLALLAH CHEAITELLY, Jorge), c/o BODEGA ELECTRO GIORGIO; c/o EUROCAMBIO, S.A.; c/o GENERAL COMMERCE OVERSEAS, INC.; c/o PRODUCERS GROUP CORP.; c/o ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGINO CORPORATION OF PANAMA, S.A.; c/o GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A.; c/o GIORGIOTELLY, S.A.; c/o III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL; c/o J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A.; c/o SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP.; c/o SILVER HOUSE, INC.; c/o OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A.; c/o JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.; DOB 20 Dec 1960; POB Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Cedula No. 17849451 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

GIORGIO CHEAITELLY INVESTMENT, S.A., Panama; RUC # 31850-2-245132 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GIORGIOTELLY, S.A., Panama; RUC # 33518-38-252229 (Panama) [SDNTK]

GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI), Calle 50 Y 53 Marbella, Edificio Plaza 2000, Piso 7, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1061547-1-549692 (Panama) [SDNTK]

III MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL, Panama; RUC # 16927-1-366365 (Panama) [SDNTK]

ISSA FAUSE, Benny (a.k.a. ISSA FAWAZ, Benny), Calle 12, No. 10-79, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13, No. 7-49, Barrio El Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; c/o FAMILY FEDCO; c/o FEDCO IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A.; DOB 29 Sep 1974; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 72204490 (Colombia); Passport 72204490 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

ISSA FAWAZ, Benny (a.k.a. ISSA FAUSE, Benny), Calle 12, No. 10-79, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13, No. 7-49, Barrio El Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; c/o FAMILY FEDCO; c/o FEDCO IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A.; DOB 29 Sep 1974; POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 72204490 (Colombia); Passport 72204490 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

J.H. EXIM INTERNACIONAL, S.A., Panama; RUC # 46110-70-302460 (Panama) [SDNTK]

JUNIOR INTERNACIONAL S.A. (a.k.a. JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A.), Panama; RUC # 17458-23-164253 (Panama) [SDNTK]

JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL S.A. (a.k.a. JUNIOR INTERNACIONAL S.A.), Panama; RUC # 17458-23-164253 (Panama) [SDNTK]

KPD S.A., Calle 18 Norte, No. 3N-24, Oficina 602, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 9000420320 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

MICRO EMPRESA ASHQUI, Carrera 10, No. 12-51, Apt. 301, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 0036550 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

MICROEMPRESA KHANSA (a.k.a. ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR), Calle 13, No. 10-45, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; NIT # 639000271-8 (Colombia) [SDNTK]

OCEAN INDIC OVERSEAS, S.A., Panama; RUC # 21523-11-193299 (Panama) [SDNTK]

POLYTON (ASIA) LIMITED, 20-F China Overseas Building, 139 Hennesy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; Business Registration Document # 38365991 (Hong Kong) [SDNTK]

PRODUCERS GROUP CORP., Panama; RUC # 59443-40-344348 (Panama) [SDNTK]

RAHALL, Fawaz Mohamad, Calle 122, No. 11B-37, Colombia; DOB 23 Feb 1969; POB Lala, Lebanon; Cedula No. 5176876 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALEH, Ali Mohamad, c/o ALMACEN BATUL; c/o COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA; DOB 1 Jan 1974; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]

SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORP., Panama; RUC # 45579-11-300568 (Panama) [SDNTK]

SILVER HOUSE, INC., Panama; RUC # 1258011-1-80105701 (Panama) [SDNTK]

TORRES ZAMBRANO, Manuel (a.k.a. EL KHANSA, Mohamad Zouheir), c/o ALMACEN ELECTRO SONY STAR; c/o GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY IMPORT & EXPORT, S.A. (GTI); c/o MICRO EMPRESA ASHQUI; DOB 9 Jan 1971; alt. DOB 9 Jan 1970; POB Ghobeiri, Lebanon POB Barranquilla, Colombia; Cedula No. 84077765 (Colombia); Passport RL 0736643 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK]

ZEDRO INVESTMENT, S.A., Panama; RUC # 31906-42-245391 (Panama) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Key Panama-based Money Laundering Operation Linked to Mexican and Colombian Drug Cartels

12/29/2011

“WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly (“Cheaitelly”) and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa (“El Khansa”) as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) due to their significant role in international money laundering activities involving drug trafficking proceeds. OFAC also designated nine other individuals and 28 entities in Colombia, Panama, Lebanon, and Hong Kong with ties to Cheaitelly and El Khansa. 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 freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly runs an extensive money laundering network based in Panama and Colombia with ties to Mexico, Lebanon, and Hong Kong,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating these individuals and companies we are exposing a significant international money laundering network, forcing them out of the international financial system, and undermining their ability to launder drug money through a global support network for the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.”

Treasury took today’s actions in close coordination with investigations by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the New York City Police Department.

“These criminals and their entities operate in the shadows, using sophisticated means and various business fronts to launder drug trafficking proceeds worldwide,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These traffickers and businesses fuel drug trafficking, violence, and corruption. The United States Government will use all available law enforcement tools to attack and defeat these global criminal networks and their facilitators.”

Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly leads a Panama-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization that stretches across the globe, spanning the Americas, the Middle East, and Hong Kong. Today’s action targets key Colombian members of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, including Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Barranquilla-based drug trafficker Benny Issa Fawaz and Maicao-based money launderer Ali Mohamad Saleh. Cheaitelly’s key financial associates are also targeted, including his siblings, Jaime Fadlallah Cheaytelli, Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelli Saheli, and Fatima Fadlallath Cheaitilly, and two Lebanon-based associates, Fawaz Mohamad Rahall and Ahmed El Khansa.

Today’s action also targets 28 companies controlled by Jorge Cheaitelly and Mohamad El Khansa and their associates in Panama, Colombia and Hong Kong. Among today’s designations are several money exchange businesses in Panama — Eurocambio, S.A., Euro Exchange Y Financial Commerce, Inc. (a.k.a. Eurex) and General Commerce Overseas, Inc. ­– as well as Junior International S.A., Global Technology Import & Export, S.A. (GTI), and Fedco Import & Export, S.A., import/export businesses located in Panama’s Colon Free Zone that are part of the Cheaitelly/El Khansa financial network. Junior International S.A. is affiliated with the significant Lebanese drug trafficker and money launderer, Ayman Joumaa, who was designated under the Kingpin Act in January 2011. Cheaitelly replaced Ayman Joumaa as director of Junior International S.A. and continues to operate the company with Joumaa’s brothers who are also designated as narcotics traffickers.

Several front companies located in Maicao, Colombia were also designated, including electronics stores Bodega Electro Giorgio and Almacen Electro Sony Star, general merchandise businesses Family Fedco and Comercial Globanty, and luggage stores Almacen Batul and Comercial Estilo y Moda. Two businesses controlled by Cali-based money launderer Jaime Edery Crivosei, Agropecuaria La Perla Ltda and KPD S.A., were also designated. OFAC also designated Polyton (Asia) Limited, a company located in Hong Kong, for acting for or on behalf of Guiseppe Ali Cheaitelly Saheli.

Today’s action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins 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.”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on December 8, 2011

December 8, 2011

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

The following [SDNT] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

JIMENEZ, Isabel Cristina, c/o COMERCIALIZADORA INTERTEL S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CONTACTEL COMUNICACIONES S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES Y CONSTRUCCIONES ATLAS LTDA, Cali, Colombia; DOB 1 Jan 1973; Cedula No. 66852533 (Colombia); Passport 66852533 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

LOPEZ VALENCIA, Oscar Alberto, c/o FLEXOEMPAQUES LTDA., Cali, Colombia; Carrera 6A No. 11-43 501-2, Cali, Colombia; c/o PLASTICOS CONDOR LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o MEGAPLAST S.A., Palmira, Valle, Colombia; DOB 30 Aug 1960; Cedula No. 10537943 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

MENDEZ DIAZ, Marlen, c/o COOPDISAN, Bucaramanga, Colombia; c/o DROGAS LA REBAJA BUCARAMANGA S.A., Bucaramanga, Colombia; Cedula No. 37813841 (Colombia); Passport 37813841 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

OBURSATILES S.A. (a.k.a. OPERACIONES BURSATILES S.A. COMISIONISTA DE BOLSA), Avenida 4N No. 4N-30, Cali, Colombia; Avenida 68 No. 75A-50 Local 230, Bogota, Colombia; Calle 10 No. 4-40 of. 312, Cali, Colombia; Calle 19 No. 5-48 Local 226, Pereira, Colombia; Carrera 7 No. 74-56 of. 909, Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 15 No. 87-32, Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 22 No. 18-65 Local 28, Manizales, Colombia; Carrera 28 No. 29-06 Local 104, Palmira, Colombia; Carrera 49 No. 52-81 L-9923, Medellin, Colombia; Carrera 52 No. 72-65 Local 106, Barranquilla, Colombia; Carrera 66B No. 34A-76 Local 227, Medellin, Colombia; Centro Comercial Cosmocentro Local 103, Cali, Colombia; Transversal 71D No. 26-94 Sur Local 3504, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 800012425-0 (Colombia) [SDNT]

OPERACIONES BURSATILES S.A. COMISIONISTA DE BOLSA (a.k.a. OBURSATILES S.A.), Avenida 4N No. 4N-30, Cali, Colombia; Avenida 68 No. 75A-50 Local 230, Bogota, Colombia; Calle 10 No. 4-40 of. 312, Cali, Colombia; Calle 19 No. 5-48 Local 226, Pereira, Colombia; Carrera 7 No. 74-56 of. 909, Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 15 No. 87-32, Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 22 No. 18-65 Local 28, Manizales, Colombia; Carrera 28 No. 29-06 Local 104, Palmira, Colombia; Carrera 49 No. 52-81 L-9923, Medellin, Colombia; Carrera 52 No. 72-65 Local 106, Barranquilla, Colombia; Carrera 66B No. 34A-76 Local 227, Medellin, Colombia; Centro Comercial Cosmocentro Local 103, Cali, Colombia; Transversal 71D No. 26-94 Sur Local 3504, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 800012425-0 (Colombia) [SDNT]

SARMIENTO MARTINEZ, Diana, c/o TAURA S.A., Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 65698369 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

TRUJILLO CAICEDO, Francisco Javiar (a.k.a. “PACHO”), Calle 13C No. 75-95 piso 2, Cali, Colombia; Calle 8 Oeste No. 24C-75 apt. 1501, Cali, Colombia; c/o COLOR 89.5 FM STEREO, Cali, Colombia; Carrera 76A No. 6-34 apt. 107, Cali, Colombia; DOB 23 Nov 1960; Cedula No. 16264395 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

“PACHO” (a.k.a. TRUJILLO CAICEDO, Francisco Javiar), Calle 13C No. 75-95 piso 2, Cali, Colombia; Calle 8 Oeste No. 24C-75 apt. 1501, Cali, Colombia; c/o COLOR 89.5 FM STEREO, Cali, Colombia; Carrera 76A No. 6-34 apt. 107, Cali, Colombia; DOB 23 Nov 1960; Cedula No. 16264395 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

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Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers named under the Kingpin Act [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011

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:

AUTODROMO CULIACAN RACE PARK, Blvd. Universitarios No. 196 Ote., Piso 4, Colonia Tierra Blanca, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Carretera Libre, Culiacan-Mazatlan KM 8, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Constitucion No. 1006 Pte., Esquina con Victoria, Colonia Jorge Almada, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico [SDNTK]

AUTOS MINI, Avenida Delante, No. 1806, Colonia Costa Bella, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico [SDNTK]

AVENDANO LOPEZ, Martin (a.k.a. AVENDANO OJEDA, Martin Guadencio; a.k.a. AVENDANO, Mariano; a.k.a. NARANJO, Carlos; a.k.a. OJEDA AVENDANO, Martin), c/o AUTOS MINI, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; c/o AUTODROMO CULIACAN, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; San Bernardino, Colombia; Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico; La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Jose Lopez Portillo No. 2031, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Antonio Caso No. 500, Colonia Aurora, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Amapola No. 12, Colonia 10 de Mayo, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Venustiano Carranza No. 34, Colonia Centro, Comondu, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Delante No. 1806, Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; DOB 14 Nov 1968; alt. DOB 14 Nov 1966; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; R.F.C. AEOM-681114-818 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

AVENDANO OJEDA, Hector Manuel, c/o AUTODROMO CULIACAN, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Antonio Caso No. 500, Colonia Aurora, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Mision de Sab Gabriel Arcangel No 2335, Interior A, Colonia Real Nueva Galicia, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 02 Nov 1971; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. AEOH711102HSLVJC08 (Mexico); R.F.C. AEOH-711102-I99 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

AVENDANO OJEDA, Martin Guadencio (a.k.a. AVENDANO LOPEZ, Martin; a.k.a. AVENDANO, Mariano; a.k.a. NARANJO, Carlos; a.k.a. OJEDA AVENDANO, Martin), c/o AUTOS MINI, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; c/o AUTODROMO CULIACAN, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; San Bernardino, Colombia; Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico; La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Jose Lopez Portillo No. 2031, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Antonio Caso No. 500, Colonia Aurora, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Amapola No. 12, Colonia 10 de Mayo, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Venustiano Carranza No. 34, Colonia Centro, Comondu, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Delante No. 1806, Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; DOB 14 Nov 1968; alt. DOB 14 Nov 1966; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; R.F.C. AEOM-681114-818 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

AVENDANO OJEDA, Sergio, Calle Paseo Humaya No. 1466, Colonia Rincon de Guadalupe, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Delante No. 1806, Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Calle Amapola No. 21, Colonia Diez de Mayo, Culiacan de Rosales, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 31 Mar 1980; POB Baja California Sur, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. AEOS800331HBSVJR06 (Mexico); R.F.C. AEOS-800331-QH2 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

AVENDANO, Mariano (a.k.a. AVENDANO LOPEZ, Martin; a.k.a. AVENDANO OJEDA, Martin Guadencio; a.k.a. NARANJO, Carlos; a.k.a. OJEDA AVENDANO, Martin), c/o AUTOS MINI, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; c/o AUTODROMO CULIACAN, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; San Bernardino, Colombia; Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico; La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Jose Lopez Portillo No. 2031, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Antonio Caso No. 500, Colonia Aurora, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Amapola No. 12, Colonia 10 de Mayo, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Venustiano Carranza No. 34, Colonia Centro, Comondu, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Delante No. 1806, Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; DOB 14 Nov 1968; alt. DOB 14 Nov 1966; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; R.F.C. AEOM-681114-818 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

NARANJO, Carlos (a.k.a. AVENDANO LOPEZ, Martin; a.k.a. AVENDANO OJEDA, Martin Guadencio; a.k.a. AVENDANO, Mariano; a.k.a. OJEDA AVENDANO, Martin), c/o AUTOS MINI, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; c/o AUTODROMO CULIACAN, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; San Bernardino, Colombia; Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico; La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Jose Lopez Portillo No. 2031, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Antonio Caso No. 500, Colonia Aurora, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Amapola No. 12, Colonia 10 de Mayo, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Venustiano Carranza No. 34, Colonia Centro, Comondu, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Delante No. 1806, Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; DOB 14 Nov 1968; alt. DOB 14 Nov 1966; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; R.F.C. AEOM-681114-818 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

OJEDA AVENDANO, Martin (a.k.a. AVENDANO LOPEZ, Martin; a.k.a. AVENDANO OJEDA, Martin Guadencio; a.k.a. AVENDANO, Mariano; a.k.a. NARANJO, Carlos), c/o AUTOS MINI, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; c/o AUTODROMO CULIACAN, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; San Bernardino, Colombia; Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico; Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico; La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Jose Lopez Portillo No. 2031, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Antonio Caso No. 500, Colonia Aurora, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Amapola No. 12, Colonia 10 de Mayo, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Calle Venustiano Carranza No. 34, Colonia Centro, Comondu, Baja California Sur, Mexico; Avenida Delante No. 1806, Colonia Miguel Hidalgo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; DOB 14 Nov 1968; alt. DOB 14 Nov 1966; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen
Mexico; nationality Mexico; R.F.C. AEOM-681114-818 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

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“Treasury Targets Sinaloa Cartel Narcotics Distribution Network Under The Kingpin Act

10/27/2011
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of a key Sinaloa Cartel lieutenant, Martin Guadencio Avendano Ojeda, his two brothers and two companies located in Mexico pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

“Today’s action aims to disrupt the ability of Martin Avendano Ojeda’s drug distribution network and its money laundering businesses to generate funds for the Sinaloa Cartel,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin. “These actions build on Treasury’s ongoing efforts to identify and disrupt the financial pathways exploited by the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael Zambada Garcia, and his lieutenants.”

Martin Guadencio Avendano Ojeda controls a money laundering and narcotics distribution network based in Culiacan, Mexico, that is supplied by Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael Zambada Garcia and facilitates the importation of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S. with the assistance of his brothers, Hector Manuel and Sergio Avendano Ojeda, who are also designated today.

Ismael Zambada Garcia and the Sinaloa Cartel were previously identified by the President as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2002 and 2009, respectively.

Treasury also designated Autos Mini, a car dealership in Ensenada, Baja California owned by Martin Guadencio Avendano Ojeda, and Autodromo Culiacan, an auto race track located in Culiacan, Sinaloa owned by Martin and his brother Hector Manuel Avendano Ojeda.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with the designees and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen. This action was supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Internal Revenue Service and is the latest in ongoing efforts by OFAC to apply financial pressure to Mexican drug trafficking organizations and to pursue those who profit from drug trafficking.

“DEA and our partners, to include the Government of Mexico, continue to pursue the highest levels of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well as their business associates, financial backers, and those who profit from drug trafficking, violence and corruption,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “The Cartel amasses a fortune in illicit assets by trafficking drugs to the United States. These Treasury sanctions represent yet another targeted strike against Cartel leadership and the financial networks that fuel the activities of the Sinaloa Cartel.”

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,000 businesses and individuals linked to 94 drug kingpins 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 of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could 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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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011

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

The following [SDNT] entries have been removed from OFAC’s SDN list:

BANCA DE INVERSION Y MERCADO DE CAPITALES S.A. (a.k.a. BIMERC S.A.), Avenida 6N No. 17-92 Oficina 802, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 800238316-7 (Colombia) [SDNT]

BIMERC S.A. (a.k.a. BANCA DE INVERSION Y MERCADO DE CAPITALES S.A.), Avenida 6N No. 17-92 Oficina 802, Cali, Colombia; NIT # 800238316-7 (Colombia) [SDNT]

GAMBOA MORALES, Luis Carlos, c/o GAMBOA Y GAMBOA LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 9 No. 70A – 35 Piso 7, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 20 Dec 1957; Cedula No. 3228859 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

GAMBOA Y GAMBOA LTDA., Carrera 9 No. 70A-35 P. 7, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 800013236-1 (Colombia) [SDNT]

OSORIO CADAVID, Maria Victoria, c/o COLOR 89.5 FM STEREO, Cali, Colombia; c/o DERECHO INTEGRAL Y CIA. LTDA., Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 31932294 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

SAIEH JASSIR, Abdala, c/o ALM INVESTMENT FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o CONFECCIONES LORD S.A., Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia; c/o CONSTRUCTORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o ELIZABETH OVERSEAS INC., Panama City, Panama; c/o GRANADA ASSOCIATES, INC., Miami, FL; c/o JAMCE INVESTMENTS LTD, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; c/o KAREN OVERSEAS FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o KAREN OVERSEAS, INC., Panama City, Panama; c/o KATTUS CORPORATION, Barbados; c/o MLA INVESTMENTS INC., Virgin Islands, British; c/o URBANIZADORA ALTAVISTA INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barranquilla, Colombia; c/o VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS FLORIDA, INC., Miami, FL; c/o VILLAROSA INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, Panama City, Panama; Carrera 56 No.19-40 Apt. 11, Barranquilla, Colombia; 19667 Turnberry Way AG, North Miami Beach, FL; 780 NW Le Jeune Road, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Suite 516, Miami, FL 33126; c/o C.W. SALMAN PARTNERS, Miami, FL; c/o SALMAN CORAL WAY PARTNERS, Miami, FL; DOB 19 Dec 1919; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 812202 (Colombia); Passport AF547128 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

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Written Testimony by Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel L. Glaser before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

October 13, 2011

U.S. Department of the Treasury on October 13, 2011 released the following:

“Emerging Threats and Security in the Western Hemisphere: Next Steps for U.S. Policy”

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Vice Chair Gallegly, Ranking Member Berman, and distinguished members of this Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss emerging threats and security challenges in the Western Hemisphere, as well as priorities for U.S. security assistance and policy in the region. I am pleased to be here with my State Department colleagues, Ambassador Brownfield, Ambassador Goldberg, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jacobson.

The Western Hemisphere is a region of particular importance to the Treasury Department and critical to our mission of safeguarding the U.S. financial system. Our economic and financial institutions are fundamentally intertwined with those of our neighbors, most notably Mexico, a country confronting vicious transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) whose tentacles extend into the United States. Illicit financial activity in one corner of the region will inevitably find its way across our borders and into our financial institutions.

The Treasury Department possesses an array of tools and capabilities to target this illicit financial activity and safeguard our financial system from abuse. Our targeting capabilities include financial sanctions, the imposition of special regulatory measures and requirements, and engagement with at-risk financial institutions and jurisdictions. Along with our interagency colleagues, systemically we work bilaterally and through a variety of multilateral bodies to set anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) international standards, work toward their universal adoption, and hold jurisdictions accountable for effective implementation.

Today, I’d like to talk to you about how we are employing these tools and capabilities to address illicit financial threats in the Western Hemisphere. I will start by discussing our efforts to disrupt, and ultimately dismantle the financial networks that support narcotics trafficking, terrorist groups and other illicit networks through targeted action, and then describe our systemic work to build a strong regional AML/CFT architecture.

Narcotics

The threat emanating from narcotics trafficking has been and remains the preeminent illicit finance challenge in the region. Perhaps more than any other illicit financial activity, narcotics-related money laundering places our financial institutions at risk and undermines the integrity of financial systems throughout the region. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, Mexican and Colombian drug trafficking organizations “annually generate, move, remove and launder between $18 billion and $39 billion in wholesale distribution proceeds.” Much of this dirty money moves across our borders and transits our financial system.

Historically, economic sanctions have been our primary weapon to target the financial networks of drug trafficking organizations. Starting first in Colombia and then following the evolution of the narcotics industry to Mexico and beyond, the Treasury Department, through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), has systematically targeted individuals and entities associated with some of the largest and most dangerous drug cartels operating in South America and Mexico, including – among others—the Cali and Medellin cartels; the Sinaloa, Gulf, Tijuana, and Juarez cartels; and the Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana, and the Beltran Leyva Organization. Over the past several years, the United States has sanctioned nearly 2,300 individual and entities in Latin America involved in narcotics trafficking.

Our efforts against the Colombian cartels stand as one of our most successful programs to date. OFAC actions combined with other law enforcement efforts have disrupted over $1 billion worth of assets—in blockings, seizures, forfeitures, and the fail­ure of enterprises—and through the cooperation of the Colombian private sector, have dramatically restricted cartel access to the formal economy. These actions contributed to the broad Colombian and U.S. law enforcement pressure that led to the reversal of cartel fortune that we have witnessed over the last two decades in Colombia. Notwithstanding this success, Colombian DTOs, which still dominate the global production of cocaine, remain a priority for the Department, and we continue to attack their networks. In February, for example, we designated Colombian national Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa and more than 70 associated individuals and entities operating in six countries as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa, a dual Colombian-Mexican citizen, is a cocaine source of supply and money launderer for Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera.

As the vertical integration of the hemispheric drug trade under the control of Colombian cartels gave way to a more segmented market progressively dominated by Mexican TCOs in the 1990s, the center of our counter narcotics sanctions efforts in the Western Hemisphere has increasingly shifted to Mexico. Since June 2000, close to 500 individuals and entities have been designated by OFAC under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (the “Kingpin Act”), resulting in the blocking of approximately $16 million in financial assets in the United States and the exclusion of these persons from participation in the U.S. financial system. As of last month, $15.7 million of these blocked assets has subsequently been seized and forfeited by U.S. law enforcement.

Even as sanctions remain a centerpiece of the Treasury Department’s counternarcotics strategy, we recognize the importance of drawing upon additional tools to achieve a deeper and more lasting impact. This requires developing a specific understanding of the financial infrastructure of the Mexican TCOs. More detailed information about the key accountants, bookkeepers, attorneys and others who launder money for the cartels as well as the formal and informal financial institutions they use will allow for more varied and powerful disruption.

We have been working closely with our partners throughout the interagency to develop this information. Our partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an organization which for many years has understood the importance of money laundering to drug cartels and whose information has proven vital to OFAC sanctions investigations, is especially close. The Treasury Department’s close collaboration with DEA is evidenced, most recently, by our joint work in support of the identification of the Lebanese Canadian Bank as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act for its role in facilitating a narcotics trafficking and money laundering network spanning South America, West Africa, and the Middle East. To build on the momentum of Treasury-DEA cooperation, I recently detailed a staff member to DEA’s Financial Operations Division to join the OFAC personnel who have been embedded in the unit for many years.

The Intelligence Community (IC) is also a key player in this effort. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Leslie Ireland, recently named National Intelligence Manager for Threat Finance by the Director for National Intelligence, has made DTO finances an IC priority. As a result, we have already begun to see an increase in the quality and quantity of information and analysis on DTO finances.

But we alone cannot arrive at a comprehensive understanding of DTO financial networks. We need the active collaboration of our foreign counterparts who are on the front lines of the battle against the cartels. In this regard, the U.S.-Mexico Merida High-Level Consultative Group has played an important role in catalyzing enhanced bilateral cooperation. At its most recent meeting in April, the High Level Group identified money laundering as a priority security challenge and named the Treasury and Justice Departments as co-leads for the U.S. Government tasked with revitalizing bilateral efforts on this critical issue. We have taken this leadership role seriously. Over the past month, I have made two trips to Mexico to meet with counterparts to identify new avenues for enhanced information collection and sharing. In the process, I have met with senior officials in the Government of Mexico (GOM) policy, regulatory, law enforcement and intelligence sectors and I am confident that they share the view that as many tools of national power as possible must be brought to bear against TCO financial networks in a coordinated, bi-national manner. The Department of the Treasury’s efforts in this important endeavor have been assisted and advanced by the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section and Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training both operationally as well as in building prosecutorial capacity.

We must also acknowledge the important steps the GOM is taking to counter drug-related money laundering. Consider, for example, the June 2010 Mexican regulations restricting U.S. dollar deposits aimed at drastically limiting the placement of U.S. origin drug money into the Mexican financial system. These regulatory changes were informed in part by joint analytical efforts between Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Mexican financial intelligence unit, the Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF), over multiple years to better understand U.S. dollar cash flows across our borders. Leading up to the publication of the regulations, the Mexican Finance Ministry coordinated with Treasury, and FinCEN was able to simultaneously publish an advisory for the U.S. financial system on the new regulations warning our institutions to be vigilant against the potential for a surge in money laundering activity in the U.S. in response to the Mexican restrictions. FinCEN and the UIF continue close coordination in monitoring the impact of these regulatory changes and potential diversion of funds, including to third countries.

Mexican regulators have also recognized the increased vulnerability of non-bank financial institutions—such as money remitters and informal exchange centers—as the formal financial system experiences the additional regulations and enhanced scrutiny. Accordingly, the GOM has made the significant decision to transfer supervision over these institutions from the Tax Administration to the Banking Commission which has greater supervisory expertise and resources. In 2012, the Banking Commission will take on this new responsibility and hopes to hire and train 80 new examiners to focus on this sector.

The GOM has taken other unprecedented steps to shore up its AML/CFT framework. Just recently, the Mexican Senate passed amendments to Mexico’s AML law which would impose strict caps—not simply reporting requirements—on the use of cash to purchase high value items, such as artwork (300,000 pesos/approx. $25,000), vehicles (400,000 pesos/approx. $34,000) and real estate (500,000 pesos/approx. $43,000). The goal of these measures is to encourage a shift away from a cash-based economy towards more efficient—and more traceable—electronic payments. Few jurisdictions in the world have been willing to implement such far-reaching and fundamental reforms. The Mexican congress’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, is expected to approve the measure in the next legislative session.

A comprehensive strategy to attack the financial resources of Mexican TCOs must not only include the U.S. and Mexico, but also the broader region. Central America, in particular Guatemala and Panama, serves as a critical narcotics transit and money laundering center. Indeed, preliminary information indicates that one of the primary effects of the regulatory tightening in Mexico is the displacement of bulk cash smuggling and money laundering activity in these two countries. With this in mind, I recently took a joint mission with counterparts from the Mexican Finance Ministry and Banking Commission—an unprecedented display of bilateral coordination and regional leadership—to Guatemala and Panama where we engaged host country authorities on these developments and on the importance of taking concerted action to undermine cartel financial networks. Going forward, both countries will remain priorities. It will be particularly important for Panama to be more proactive in addressing the significant deficiencies in its anti-money laundering controls and enforcement efforts. Taking steps in this direction, we are encouraged by recent efforts by Panama to increase financial transparency, in particular by entering into a tax information exchange agreement with the Treasury Department, and the accomplishment of being removed from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s grey list of tax havens on July 6, 2011.

Terrorism

Although the terrorist financing challenge in Latin America does not rise to the level of the narcotics-related financing threat, we take terrorist fundraising and facilitation seriously wherever it occurs. Within the Western Hemisphere, we have focused our efforts on Venezuela and the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Neither Al-Qa’ida nor its affiliates derive a significant amount of financial support from the region although we remain vigilant to this possibility.

Over the past several years, Treasury has demonstrated a strong commitment to exposing terrorist financing and facilitation activity in Venezuela. The nexus between the narco-terrorist group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), one of the few organizations in the world bearing the dubious distinction of being both a designated “kingpin” and “specially designated global terrorist,” and Venezuelan government officials, has been a particular focus. In September 2008, OFAC designated three senior Venezuelan security officials under the Kingpin Act (two of whom were in office at the time of designation) for, among other things, protecting drug shipments from seizure by Venezuelan anti-narcotics authorities, providing weapons and official Venezuelan government identification to the FARC and pushing for greater cooperation between the Venezuelan government and the FARC. Other significant designations include the FARC International Commission representative in Venezuela.

Although not as extensive as its involvement with the FARC, there are also troubling ties between Caracas and Hezbollah which we have sought to expose through targeted sanctions. For instance, in June 2008, OFAC designated two key Venezuelan supporters of Hezbollah under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists, those individuals or entities owned or controlled by or acting for or on behalf of terrorists, and those providing financial, material, or technological support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. One of these individuals, Ghazi Nasr al-Din, used his position as a senior Venezuelan diplomat to provide financial support to Hezbollah. The other, Fawzi Kan’an, the owner of two Caracas-based travel agencies, serves as a key facilitator and fundraiser for Hezbollah officials.

Hezbollah has also engaged in significant fundraising and facilitation activity in the TBA. Starting in 2006, we have systematically designated over a dozen individuals in the area as well as several entities for providing financial support to Hezbollah leadership in Lebanon. Most recently, in December 2010, we imposed sanctions against Hezbollah’s chief representative in South America responsible for oversight of the group’s counterintelligence activities in the TBA, Bilal Mohsen Wehbe.

We have not relied solely on sanctions under the Kingpin Act and EO 13224 to disrupt narco-trafficking and terrorist financing networks in the Western Hemisphere. In February 2011, for example, we identified the Lebanese Canadian Bank under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act as an institution of primary money laundering concern. This action dealt a significant blow to a transnational money laundering network with a significant presence in the Western Hemisphere. Hezbollah derived financial support from this network which was controlled by OFAC-designated Lebanese Kingpin, Ayman Joumaa.

Iran

While it is in the interests of an increasingly isolated Iran to seek expansion of its economic and financial ties to Latin America, the reality is that, to date, Iran has failed to establish a meaningful foothold in the region. When Iran has managed to make inroads, we have been quick to act. Most notably, we designated Banco Internacional de Desarollo, a Venezuela-based subsidiary of the Export Development Bank of Iran. We subsequently worked to secure its designation by the European Union and Australia, thereby significantly curtailing its access to the international financial system. We have also proactively engaged with governments and private sector officials throughout the region to warn against the risks of doing business with Iran. For example, in August 2010 then Assistant Secretary David Cohen traveled to Brazil and Ecuador to discuss implementation of the financial provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 and implications for foreign financial institutions of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA).

Systemic Reform Efforts

Equally important as our targeted measures is Treasury’s work to build a robust domestic and international AML/CFT framework to safeguard the financial sector. Through the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and its associate regional bodies in the Western Hemisphere, we have been working for many years to set anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards and best practices and hold countries in the region accountable for their implementation. Uneven implementation creates vulnerabilities in the regional regulatory and enforcement architecture that can be–and, indeed, have been–exploited by illicit networks, in particular DTOs. Using a methodology jointly developed by the FATF, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank, every country in the region, with the notable exception of Cuba, has been or is scheduled to be assessed against the international AML/CFT standards. These assessments are published and highlight weaknesses in each jurisdiction alongside recommendations for remedying those deficiencies.

Based in part on a G-20 Leaders’ call, the FATF has instituted an additional review process that publicly identifies jurisdictions that fail to meet international AML/CFT standards and may therefore pose a risk to the international financial system. I serve as co-chair of this process within the FATF. Jurisdictions that have been identified by this process must commit to an Action Plan of ambitious reforms. If the reform timelines specified in the Action Plan are not met, the FATF will issue increasingly strong public warnings, potentially culminating in a specific call for regulatory countermeasures from member countries. In an age when global financial institutions rely upon the FATF in their assessments of jurisdictional risk, this process has served as a great catalyst for reform in previously recalcitrant countries.

Within the Western Hemisphere to date, ten jurisdictions have been publicly identified by this process: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. More than half of these countries have passed important legislation that strengthens their AML/CFT regimes as a direct response to this process. For example, both Honduras and Paraguay have passed legislation criminalizing terrorism finance, which likely would not have happened so quickly without the encouragement from this FATF process.

In addition to our multilateral efforts, Treasury maintains an active technical assistance program managed by the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) to help jurisdictions implement AML/CFT reforms. My office works with OTA which has recently targeted AML/CFT assistance to a number of high risk jurisdictions within Latin America. We currently have resident advisors from our Economic Crimes Team (ECT) embedded with host governments in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Paraguay. Additionally, ECT Advisors continue to work in Haiti in a robust technical assistance program designed to build up and strengthen that country’s AML/CFT capacity. These advisors are working to improve preventative, enforcement and prosecution pillars of their AML/CFT regimes and to ensure their ability to seize and forfeit the proceeds and instrumentalities of crime. Technical assistance provided by ECT comprises institution building, legislative reform, outreach to AML/CFT stakeholders in the private sector, and capacity building all designed to enable these countries to bring money launderers and drug traffickers to justice using their own authorities and resources.

We recognize that it is not enough for the Department of the Treasury to solely work with our government counterparts in these multilateral and bilateral forums. A fundamental component of our approach to combating illicit finance is sustained engagement with the private sector on these issues. Our Department has reached out to the private sector around the world on illicit finance threats, and the Western Hemisphere is no exception. For example, an important initiative by my office is the U.S.-Latin America Private Sector Dialogue, or PSD. We are currently planning the sixth iteration of this dialogue, to be held in February 2012 in conjunction with the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) Annual Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Conference. We launched the U.S.-Latin America PSD in June 2006 to establish a permanent dialogue between the United States and Latin American financial sectors. This initiative, which began as a roundtable discussion here in Washington, D.C., seeks to achieve better relations and coordination between correspondent financial institutions in these regions. Over 200 participants from approximately 20 different countries representing regulators and financial institutions in the United States and Latin America attend this event on an annual basis. Indeed, this forum has become a place where both U.S. and Latin American financial institutions can lay out their concerns with each other and seek to establish better controls to mitigate risk.

Conclusion

The Department of the Treasury recognizes that the Western Hemisphere presents persistent and unique security threats to our financial system. Under Secretary Cohen and I are committed to prioritizing the Department’s work in this region. Our efforts to combat these threats will persist and we will continue to find unique and innovative ways to disrupt and dismantle illicit financial networks. We will also continue our efforts to build consensus with our regional partners to develop our hemispheric approach to ensuring that all countries in the region build strong systems to counter these threats.”

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