Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on August 7, 2012

August 7, 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:

BELIZE CHEMICALS (a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED; a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LTD.), 7292 George Price Blvd., P.O. Box 657, Belmopan, Belize; 10/12 Halfmoon Avenue, Belmopan City, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-SIG 000465 (Belize) [SDNTK].

BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED (a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS; a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LTD.), 7292 George Price Blvd., P.O. Box 657, Belmopan, Belize; 10/12 Halfmoon Avenue, Belmopan City, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-SIG 000465 (Belize) [SDNTK].

BELIZE CHEMICALS LTD. (a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS; a.k.a. BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED), 7292 George Price Blvd., P.O. Box 657, Belmopan, Belize; 10/12 Halfmoon Avenue, Belmopan City, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-SIG 000465 (Belize) [SDNTK].

CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD. (a.k.a. CROWN PARADISE MARINA), 671 Ecumenical Drive, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Belize [SDNTK].

CROWN PARADISE MARINA (a.k.a. CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD.), 671 Ecumenical Drive, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Belize [SDNTK].

D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD. (a.k.a. D’S SUPERSTORE), College Road, Corozal Town, Belize [SDNTK].

D’S SUPERSTORE (a.k.a. D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD.), College Road, Corozal Town, Belize [SDNTK].

MAYAN KING LIMITED (a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED EXT.; a.k.a. MAYAN KING LTD.), Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize; 21 Mls South Stann Creek Road, Stann Creek District, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-DGA 015476 (Belize) [SDNTK].

MAYAN KING LIMITED EXT. (a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED; a.k.a. MAYAN KING LTD.), Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize; 21 Mls South Stann Creek Road, Stann Creek District, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-DGA 015476 (Belize) [SDNTK].

MAYAN KING LTD. (a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED; a.k.a. MAYAN KING LIMITED EXT.), Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize; 21 Mls South Stann Creek Road, Stann Creek District, P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; Tax ID No. GST-DGA 015476 (Belize) [SDNTK].

MID-SOUTH INVESTMENT (a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD; a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD.), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD (a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT; a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD.), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED (a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENT; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD.), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MIDSOUTH INVESTMENTS LTD. (a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT; a.k.a. MIDSOUTH INVESTMENT LTD; a.k.a. MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED), 135 Commerce Street, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 6 Arandas Crescent, Dangriga Town, Belize; P.O. Box 64, Dangriga, Stann Creek, Belize; 671 Ecumenical Dr, DAN, Belize [SDNTK].

MORENO JR., Daniel Gonzalo (a.k.a. MORENO, Daniel), 50 6th Ave., Corozal, Belize; 651 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; 561 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; DOB 12 Oct 1972; POB Corozal, Belize; Passport 0291622 (Belize) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD..

MORENO, Daniel (a.k.a. MORENO JR., Daniel Gonzalo), 50 6th Ave., Corozal, Belize; 651 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; 561 Vista Del Mar, Ladyville, Belize; DOB 12 Oct 1972; POB Corozal, Belize; Passport 0291622 (Belize) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: D’S SUPERMARKET COMPANY LTD..

ZABANEH, Dion (a.k.a. ZABANEH, Dion Christopher), 68 Bela Vista, Belize City, Belize; 3Eyre St., Belize City, Belize; 5468 Seashore Dr., Belize City, Belize; DOB 12 May 1974; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK].

ZABANEH, Dion Christopher (a.k.a. ZABANEH, Dion), 68 Bela Vista, Belize City, Belize; 3 Eyre St., Belize City, Belize; 5468 Seashore Dr., Belize City, Belize; DOB 12 May 1974; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK].

ZABANEH, John (a.k.a. ZABANEH, John Angel), Big Creek, Belize; 3 Magoon St., Dangriga, Belize; Long Coco Caye, Belize; Valley Rd., Stann Creek, Belize; 135 Commerce St., Stann Creek, Belize; Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; N River Side Docter, Dangriga, Belize; DOB 07 Oct 1954; alt. DOB 02 Oct 1954; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: MAYAN KING LIMITED; Linked To: MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; Linked To: CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD.; Linked To: BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED.

ZABANEH, John Angel (a.k.a. ZABANEH, John), Big Creek, Belize; 3 Magoon St., Dangriga, Belize; Long Coco Caye, Belize; Valley Rd., Stann Creek, Belize; 135 Commerce St., Stann Creek, Belize; Dangriga Town, Stann Creek, Belize; N River Side Docter, Dangriga, Belize; DOB 07 Oct 1954; alt. DOB 02 Oct 1954; POB Belize (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: MAYAN KING LIMITED; Linked To: MID-SOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED; Linked To: CROWN PARADISE ENTERPRISES LTD.; Linked To: BELIZE CHEMICALS LIMITED.

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​Treasury Targets Belize-Based Operatives of Chapo Guzman

8/7/2012

Sanctions Directed Against the John Zabaneh Drug Trafficking Organization

Linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of John Zabaneh and two members of his drug trafficking organization, who are based in Belize and are key associates of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, and other members of the Sinaloa Cartel. The action also includes the designation of five companies in Belize that are owned or controlled by John Zabaneh or members of his organization. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and companies, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“John Zabaneh’s drug trafficking activities and his organization’s ties to Colombian sources of supply and Mexican buyers make him a critical figure in the narcotics trade,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating Zabaneh, OFAC is disrupting those activities and continuing its efforts, alongside those of our law enforcement partners, to expose operatives of Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel, including their businesses.”

OFAC is designating John Zabaneh for the prominent role that he and his organization play in narcotics trafficking in Central America, particularly Belize, as well as their role in the drug trafficking operations of Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel. John Zabaneh and his organization have been involved in narcotics trafficking since the 1980s. In addition to the designation of John Zabaneh, today’s action includes the designation of his nephew, Dion Zabaneh, and a close associate, Daniel Moreno. The action also includes the designation of five companies owned or controlled by John Zabaneh or Daniel Moreno. Zabaneh’s companies are Mayan King Limited (banana farm), Mid-South Investments Limited (building contractor and property consultant), Crown Paradise Enterprises Limited (resort management and marina), and Belize Chemicals Limited (pharmaceuticals). Moreno’s company is D’s Supermarket Company Limited (grocery store).

Today’s action would not have been possible without the key support of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“DEA and its partners continue our sustained attack on brutal criminal regimes such as the Sinaloa Cartel and its leadership and those who help facilitate their drug and money networks,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “The OFAC Designation of the Zabeneh organization is necessary to dismantle and further disrupt the operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in other parts of the world.”

Guzman Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel were identified by the President as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2001 and 2009, respectively.

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals linked to 97 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 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.

To view a chart of the Zabaneh organization click <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/20120807_zabaneh.pdf&quot; target="_blank"here”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker [SDNT] and Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers named under the Kingpin Act [SDNTK] Entries Removed from OFAC’s SDN List on June 29, 2012

July 13, 2012

On June 29, 2012, OFAC has removed [SDNT] and [SDNTK] Entries from the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

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

BENAVIDES MONTENEGRO, Sandra Patricia, c/o ESPIBENA S.A., Quito, Ecuador; RUC # 0400778890 (Ecuador) (individual) [SDNT].

CASTANEDA DE PABON, Maria Teresa (a.k.a. CASTANEDA GIRALDO, Maria Teresa), c/o INVERSIONES MPS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PROYECTOS Y SOLUCIONES INMOBILIARIA LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GERENCIA DE PROYECTOS Y SOLUCIONES LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 03 Aug 1957; POB Colombia; Cedula No. 35455961 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

CASTANEDA GIRALDO, Maria Teresa (a.k.a. CASTANEDA DE PABON, Maria Teresa), c/o INVERSIONES MPS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PROYECTOS Y SOLUCIONES INMOBILIARIA LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o GERENCIA DE PROYECTOS Y SOLUCIONES LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; DOB 03 Aug 1957; POB Colombia; Cedula No. 35455961 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

COMERCIALIZADORA PELISSIER OSPINA LTDA., Carrera 58B No. 63B-96 bq. 21 int. 15 apto. 201, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 830009052-5 (Colombia) [SDNT].

CURREA CORREA, Carlos Alberto (a.k.a. “CUCU”; a.k.a. “LA LLAVERIA”), Calle 24 No. 20-22, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; Spain; citizen Colombia; nationality Colombia; Cedula No. 16347900 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

“CUCU” (a.k.a. CURREA CORREA, Carlos Alberto; a.k.a. “LA LLAVERIA”), Calle 24 No. 20-22, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; Spain; citizen Colombia; nationality Colombia; Cedula No. 16347900 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

“LA LLAVERIA” (a.k.a. CURREA CORREA, Carlos Alberto; a.k.a. “CUCU”), Calle 24 No. 20-22, Tulua, Valle, Colombia; Spain; citizen Colombia; nationality Colombia; Cedula No. 16347900 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

GARCIA VASQUEZ, Omaira, Avenida 2 Norte No. 2N-36, Edif. Campanari Ofc. 340, Cali, Colombia; c/o FINVE S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o UNIDAS S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 26 Jan 1961; POB Cali, Valle, Colombia; Cedula No. 31870497 (Colombia); Passport 31870497 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]

GOMEZ VIVAS, Manuel Antonio, c/o GANADERA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; DOB 03 Sep 1963; Cedula No. 79291814 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

PELISSIER OSPINA, Maria Sahir (a.k.a. PELISSIER OSPINA, Maria Sair), c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COMERCIALIZADORA PELISSIER OSPINA LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o HEBRON S.A., Tulua, Valle, Colombia; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 58B No. 63B-96 B-21 E-8 Int. 15 apt. 201, Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 68D No. 64F-96 B-21 Int. 15, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 20 Jun 1958; POB Ibague, Tolima, Colombia; Cedula No. 51561790 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

PELISSIER OSPINA, Maria Sair (a.k.a. PELISSIER OSPINA, Maria Sahir), c/o ALMACAES S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o COMERCIALIZADORA PELISSIER OSPINA LTDA., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CORPORACION DE ALMACENES POR DEPARTAMENTOS S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o G.L.G. S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o HEBRON S.A., Tulua, Valle, Colombia; c/o ILOVIN S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o RAMAL S.A., Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 58B No. 63B-96 B-21 E-8 Int. 15 apt. 201, Bogota, Colombia; Carrera 68D No. 64F-96 B-21 Int. 15, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 20 Jun 1958; POB Ibague, Tolima, Colombia; Cedula No. 51561790 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

RIVERA LEDESMA, Ruben Manuel, c/o ADMINISTRADORA DE SERVICIOS VARIOS CALIMA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CHAMARTIN S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o ASISTENCIA PROFESIONAL ESPECIALIZADA EN COLOMBIA LIMITADA, Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 14886120 (Colombia); Passport 14886120 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

RODAS CASTANO, Luis Alberto, c/o CONSTRUCCIONES ASTRO S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o COMERCIALIZACION Y FINANCIACION DE AUTOMOTORES S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 11 Sep 1959; Cedula No. 16630332 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

RODRIGUEZ ARBELAEZ, Maria Fernanda, c/o INTERAMERICANA DE CONSTRUCCIONES S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o RIONAP COMERCIO Y REPRESENTACIONES S.A., Quito, Ecuador; c/o INVERSIONES ARA LTDA., Cali, Colombia; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA DE DROGAS LA REBAJA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o DROGAS LA REBAJA BOGOTA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o DEPOSITO POPULAR DE DROGAS S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o D’CACHE S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o PRODUCCIONES CARNAVAL DEL NORTE Y COMPANIA LIMITADA, Cali, Colombia; c/o VALORES MOBILIARIOS DE OCCIDENTE S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o CREDIREBAJA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o ASISTENCIA PROFESIONAL ESPECIALIZADA EN COLOMBIA LIMITADA, Cali, Colombia; c/o BONOMERCAD S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o CUSTOMER NETWORKS S.L., Madrid, Spain; c/o DECAFARMA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o DROCARD S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o INVERSIONES ESPANOLES FEMCAR S.L., Madrid, Spain; c/o FUNDASER, Cali, Colombia; DOB 28 Nov 1973; alt. DOB 28 Aug 1973; Cedula No. 66860965 (Colombia); N.I.E. X2566947-D (Spain); Passport AC568974 (Colombia); alt. Passport 66860965 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

TABARES BEDOYA, Carlos Eduardo, c/o ADMINISTRADORA DE SERVICIOS VARIOS CALIMA S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o ASISTENCIA PROFESIONAL ESPECIALIZADA EN COLOMBIA LIMITADA, Cali, Colombia; c/o CHAMARTIN S.A., Cali, Colombia; DOB 10 Sep 1970; Cedula No. 16791397 (Colombia); Passport 16791397 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT].

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

CANTINA LA NUMERO UNO (a.k.a. LA NUMERO UNO DE CUAUHTEMOC S.A. DE C.V.; a.k.a. “SALON DIANA”), Avenida Cuauhtemoc No. 150, Esq. Doctor Erazo, Colonia Doctores, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; R.F.C. NUC-940317-IN3 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

LA NUMERO UNO DE CUAUHTEMOC S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. CANTINA LA NUMERO UNO; a.k.a. “SALON DIANA”), Avenida Cuauhtemoc No. 150, Esq. Doctor Erazo, Colonia Doctores, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; R.F.C. NUC-940317-IN3 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

“SALON DIANA” (a.k.a. CANTINA LA NUMERO UNO; a.k.a. LA NUMERO UNO DE CUAUHTEMOC S.A. DE C.V.), Avenida Cuauhtemoc No. 150, Esq. Doctor Erazo, Colonia Doctores, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; R.F.C. NUC-940317-IN3 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on June 20, 2012

July 12, 2012

On June 20, 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:

BARAKZAI, Shah Mohammad; DOB 01 Jan 1979; POB Nava, Lash Kargah, Afghanistan; nationality Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: New AHMADI LTD..

DOCTOR (a.k.a. HADI, Abdul); DOB 01 Oct 1979; POB Nawzad District of Helmand Province; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

HADI, Abdul (a.k.a. “DOCTOR”); DOB 01 Oct 1979; POB Nawzad District of Helmand Province; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

MOHAMMAD WALI MONEY EXCHANGE (a.k.a. NEW AHMADY LTD. KANDAHAR), Sarafi Market, Fourth Floor, Shop #1, Kandahar, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

MOHAMMAD, Haji Baz; DOB 12 Mar 1964; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADI COMPANY LTD (a.k.a. NEW AHMADI LTD.; a.k.a. NEW AHMADY LTD), Sarafi Market, Shop 48/49, Gereshk, Gereshk, Helmand, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADI LTD. (a.k.a. NEW AHMADI COMPANY LTD; a.k.a. NEW AHMADY LTD), Sarafi Market, Shop 48/49, Gereshk, Gereshk, Helmand, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADY LTD (a.k.a. NEW AHMADI COMPANY LTD; a.k.a. NEW AHMADI LTD.), Sarafi Market, Shop 48/49, Gereshk, Gereshk, Helmand, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

NEW AHMADY LTD. KANDAHAR (a.k.a. MOHAMMAD WALI MONEY EXCHANGE), Sarafi Market, Fourth Floor, Shop #1, Kandahar, Afghanistan [SDNTK].

WALI, Mohammad; DOB 02 Dec 1975; alt. DOB 02 Oct 1975; citizen Afghanistan (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: MOHAMMAD WALI MONEY EXCHANGE.

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Treasury Sanctions Afghan Narcotics Trafficking Network

6/20/2012
​Action Targets Barakzai Network Including Affiliated Money Exchange Houses

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Shah Mohammad Barakzai and Haji Baz Mohammad for their significant roles in international narcotics trafficking, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Treasury also designated under the Kingpin Act two other individuals and two entities located in Afghanistan for their support to Shah Mohammad Barakzai and his organization. Barakzai was arrested and sentenced for operating as a narcotics trafficker in Afghanistan in 2011 by Afghan counter narcotics authorities. Today’s action targets Barakzai’s network and its illicit financial activity. The Kingpin Act prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these individuals and entities, and it freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Today’s designation builds on Afghan efforts to disrupt heroin trafficking from Afghanistan,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin. “We will continue to work to expose the support mechanisms for this illicit activity, by targeting the individuals involved and their affiliated businesses and financial networks, including exchange houses.”

Barakzai is the head of a drug trafficking organization based in Gereshk, Afghanistan.
In addition to Barakzai, who has been convicted and sentenced in Afghanistan for operating as a narcotics trafficker, Treasury is also naming the following drug trafficking associates of Barakzai: Abdul “Doctor” Hadi, who used his pharmaceutical background to process opium for Barakzai’s network; Haji Baz Mohammad, who controls opium cultivation and transportation for the network; and Mohammad Wali, who served as the main financial conduit for the network in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Also named as part of the network are two exchange houses used by Barakzai’s organization. They include Barakzai’s exchange house, New Ahmadi Ltd., and the Mohammad Wali Money Exchange controlled by his associate Mohammad Wali.

The investigation that led to these designations was the result of collaborative efforts of Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Financing Operation Section and the Afghan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC). The ATFC is a tactically-focused, interagency fusion center in Afghanistan that collects, analyzes and disseminates relevant financial intelligence on individuals and organizations involved in financing the Afghan insurgency.

Today’s action is part of Treasury’s ongoing efforts to use the Kingpin Act to target the financial and support networks of narcotics traffickers worldwide. Internationally, the Treasury Department has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals 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 serious criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines 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 March 7, 2012

March 7, 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:

BAGHBANI, Gholamreza (a.k.a. BAQBANI, Mohammad Akhusa; a.k.a. BAQBANI, Qolam Reza); DOB 5 Jan 1961; alt. DOB 1947; POB Zabol, Iran; citizen Iran; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force General (individual) [SDNTK]

BAQBANI, Mohammad Akhusa (a.k.a. BAGHBANI, Gholamreza; a.k.a. BAQBANI, Qolam Reza); DOB 5 Jan 1961; alt. DOB 1947; POB Zabol, Iran; citizen Iran; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force General (individual) [SDNTK]

BAQBANI, Qolam Reza (a.k.a. BAGHBANI, Gholamreza; a.k.a. BAQBANI, Mohammad Akhusa); DOB 5 Jan 1961; alt. DOB 1947; POB Zabol, Iran; citizen Iran; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force General (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Designates Iranian Qods Force General Overseeing Afghan Heroin Trafficking Through Iran

3/7/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF) General Gholamreza Baghbani as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). This is the first use of the Kingpin Act against an Iranian official.

“Today’s action exposes IRGC-QF involvement in trafficking narcotics, made doubly reprehensible here because it is done as part of a broader scheme to support terrorism. Treasury will continue exposing narcotics traffickers and terrorist supporters wherever they operate,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

General Gholamreza Baghbani is an IRGC-QF officer and the current chief of the IRGC-QF office in Zahedan, Iran in southeastern Iran, near the Afghan border. General Baghbani allowed Afghan narcotics traffickers to smuggle opiates through Iran in return for assistance. For example, Afghan narcotics traffickers moved weapons to the Taliban on behalf of Baghbani. In return, General Baghbani has helped facilitate the smuggling of heroin precursor chemicals through the Iranian border. He also helped facilitate shipments of opium into Iran.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with General Baghbani, and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

The Treasury Department continues to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide using the authorities in the Kingpin Act. Treasury 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.

To view a chart of General Baghbani’s activities, click here

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