Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

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

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN List list:

CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando (a.k.a. FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio; a.k.a. “CHECO”; a.k.a. “CHEKO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio (a.k.a. CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando; a.k.a. “CHECO”; a.k.a. “CHEKO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

LOPEZ AISPURO, Armando; DOB 27 Oct 1969; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo (a.k.a. NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo; a.k.a. “EL M”; a.k.a. “EL MEMO”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo (a.k.a. NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo; a.k.a. “EL M”; a.k.a. “EL MEMO”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio (a.k.a. “EL MORENO”; a.k.a. “PAEZ Nachillo”; a.k.a. “PAEZ, Nacho”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

RASCON RAMIREZ, Jose Javier (a.k.a. “EL KHADAFI”); DOB 24 Jul 1966; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

SABORI CISNEROS, Raul (a.k.a. “EL NEGRO”); DOB 07 Jul 1963; POB Baja California Norte, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

SALAZAR RAMIREZ, Jesus Alfredo (a.k.a. “INDIO”; a.k.a. “MUNE”); DOB 24 Mar 1974; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

SOSA CANISALES, Felipe de Jesus (a.k.a. “EL GIGIO”; a.k.a. “GIO”); DOB 16 Jul 1968; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“CHECO” (a.k.a. CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando; a.k.a. FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio; a.k.a. “CHEKO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“CHEKO” (a.k.a. CASTRO VILLA, Luis Fernando; a.k.a. FLORES PACHECO, Cenobio; a.k.a. “CHECO”); DOB 13 Nov 1974; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL GIGIO” (a.k.a. SOSA CANISALES, Felipe de Jesus; a.k.a. “GIO”); DOB 16 Jul 1968; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL KHADAFI” (a.k.a. RASCON RAMIREZ, Jose Javier); DOB 24 Jul 1966; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL M” (a.k.a. NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo; a.k.a. NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo; a.k.a. “EL MEMO”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL MEMO” (a.k.a. NIEBLA GONZALEZ, Adelmo; a.k.a. NIEBLAS NAVA, Guillermo; a.k.a. “EL M”); DOB 21 Dec 1958; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL MORENO” (a.k.a. PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio; a.k.a. “PAEZ Nachillo”; a.k.a. “PAEZ, Nacho”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“EL NEGRO” (a.k.a. SABORI CISNEROS, Raul); DOB 07 Jul 1963; POB Baja California Norte, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“GIO” (a.k.a. SOSA CANISALES, Felipe de Jesus; a.k.a. “EL GIGIO”); DOB 16 Jul 1968; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“INDIO” (a.k.a. SALAZAR RAMIREZ, Jesus Alfredo; a.k.a. “MUNE”); DOB 24 Mar 1974; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“MUNE” (a.k.a. SALAZAR RAMIREZ, Jesus Alfredo; a.k.a. “INDIO”); DOB 24 Mar 1974; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“PAEZ Nachillo” (a.k.a. PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio; a.k.a. “EL MORENO”; a.k.a. “PAEZ, Nacho”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

“PAEZ, Nacho” (a.k.a. PAEZ SOTO, Ramon Ignacio; a.k.a. “EL MORENO”; a.k.a. “PAEZ Nachillo”); DOB 31 Jul 1973; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico (individual) [SDNTK].

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“Treasury Designates Sinaloa Cartel Plaza Bosses

5/7/2013
Action Targets Critical Drug Trafficking Corridor along the Arizona-Mexico Border
Controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of eight Mexican nationals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The eight individuals, Cenobio Flores Pacheco (a.k.a. “Luis Fernando Castro Villa”), Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez, Guillermo Nieblas Nava (a.k.a. “Adelmo Niebla Gonzalez”), Ramon Ignacio Paez Soto, Felipe De Jesus Sosa Canisales, Armando Lopez Aispuro, Jose Javier Rascon Ramirez, and Raul Sabori Cisneros, all operate as plaza bosses for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Each of the eight plaza bosses operates as a Sinaloa Cartel leader within their specific area of operation along the Sonora-Arizona corridor of the U.S.-Mexico International Boundary, which extends for nearly 375 miles. The Sinaloa Cartel depends on the plaza bosses, leaders of a particular geographic area, along the corridor to coordinate, direct, and support the smuggling of illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S. and the smuggling of illicit contraband from the U.S. into Mexico. Plaza bosses rely on violence to maintain their positions, using sicarios (hitmen) to control a specific geographic area. Since Arizona is contiguous with the U.S.-Mexico International Boundary, the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas are major trans-shipment and distribution points for contraband smuggling out of and into Sonora, Mexico.

“Today’s designation marks another step in OFAC’s efforts to specifically target the narcotics traffickers responsible for the horrific acts of violence committed along the Arizona border with Mexico,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “We will continue to work alongside our partners in federal law enforcement as well as the Mexican Government to financially cripple and dismantle the Sinaloa Cartel.”

The eight individuals designated today work on behalf of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, and Ismael “Mayo” Zambada Garcia — the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel – as well as Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza “Macho Prieto,” a top lieutenant of the Sinaloa Cartel. Mexican authorities have previously arrested Jesus Alfredo Salazar Ramirez, Ramon Ignacio Paez Soto, and Raul Sabori Cisneros. Today’s action generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these designees, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Joint Field Command-Arizona, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Mexican authorities also provided essential support to OFAC.

“CBP’s Arizona Joint Field Command Targeting Enforcement Unit played a major role in dealing the Sinaloa-based drug cartel a financial blow that will undoubtedly affect their ability to operate as a criminal enterprise. The Arizona Joint Field Command’s Targeting Enforcement Unit has been and will continue to be a committed partner in the collective effort of denying, degrading and disrupting operations of criminal organizations,” said Jeff Self, Commander, CBP, Joint Field Command-Arizona.

“Diplomatic Security Service special agents worked in concert with our federal law enforcement partners to uncover evidence vital to designate these dangerous narcotics traffickers,” said Wes Weller, Special Agent in Charge of the DSS Los Angeles Field Office. “The traffickers threaten the safety and security of Americans along the Arizona border with Mexico, and must be brought to justice.”

“In order to put organizations like the Sinaloa Cartel out of business, we must continue to utilize every tool available to ensure that these criminal groups and their associates cannot exploit the U.S. financial system,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “Today’s actions severely curtail the Sinaloa Cartel’s ability to use legitimate commerce to mask their illicit money laundering activities and reflect DEA’s global efforts to weaken its leadership and bring it to justice.”

Since June 2000 the President has identified 97 drug kingpins and OFAC has designated more than 1,200 businesses and individuals. 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 face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code.

To view a chart of the Sinaloa Plaza Bosses’ organization, click here.”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on November 14, 2012

November 14, 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 list:

ADMINISTRADORA DEL ORIENTE (a.k.a. ESTACION GUADALUPE; a.k.a. HOTEL REGENTE), Guatemala; NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA H.L.P. (a.k.a. GASOLINERA JESUS MARIA; a.k.a. TRANSPORTES LC), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 557109K (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA H.L.T., La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; Folio Mercantil No. 227138 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

CONSTRUCTORA W.L. (a.k.a. SERVICENTRO LA GRAN VIA), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 4965647 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

ESTACION GUADALUPE (a.k.a. ADMINISTRADORA DEL ORIENTE; a.k.a. HOTEL REGENTE), Guatemala; NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

GASOLINERA JESUS MARIA (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA H.L.P.; a.k.a. TRANSPORTES LC), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 557109K (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

HOTEL REGENTE (a.k.a. ADMINISTRADORA DEL ORIENTE; a.k.a. ESTACION GUADALUPE), Guatemala; NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA LORENZANA, S.A. (a.k.a. IMPORTADORA Y EXPORTADORA LORENZANA), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 35599 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA Y EXPORTADORA LORENZANA (a.k.a. IMPORTADORA LORENZANA, S.A.), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 35599 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

INVERSIONES IRIS MANUELA, S.A. (a.k.a. SERVICENTRO DEL LAGO; a.k.a. SERVIFIESTAS ELEGANCE), Guatemala City, Guatemala; NIT # 2688827-0 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

LOLALIMES, La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala [SDNTK].

LORENZANA CORDON, Marta Julia, La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; DOB 18 Jun 1976; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; citizen Guatemala; Cedula No. R19 5468 (Guatemala); NIT # 7142099 (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK].

LORENZANA CORDON, Ovaldino, La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; DOB 06 Aug 1968; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; citizen Guatemala; Cedula No. R19 3934 (Guatemala); NIT # 4968093 (Guatemala) (individual) [SDNTK].

OBRA CIVIL Y CARRETERAS (a.k.a. TRANSPORTES J.L. CORDON), Guatemala; NIT # 4985931 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

SERVICENTRO DEL LAGO (a.k.a. INVERSIONES IRIS MANUELA, S.A.; a.k.a. SERVIFIESTAS ELEGANCE), Guatemala City, Guatemala; NIT # 2688827-0 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

SERVICENTRO LA GRAN VIA (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA W.L.), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 4965647 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

SERVIFIESTAS ELEGANCE (a.k.a. INVERSIONES IRIS MANUELA, S.A.; a.k.a. SERVICENTRO DEL LAGO), Guatemala City, Guatemala; NIT # 2688827-0 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

TRANSPORTES J.L. CORDON (a.k.a. OBRA CIVIL Y CARRETERAS), Guatemala; NIT # 4985931 (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

TRANSPORTES LC (a.k.a. CONSTRUCTORA H.L.P.; a.k.a. GASOLINERA JESUS MARIA), La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala; NIT # 557109K (Guatemala) [SDNTK].

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Treasury Designates Lorenzana Family Members and Businesses Allied with the Sinaloa Cartel

11/14/2012

Action Targets Powerful Guatemalan Drug Trafficker

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated two key operatives connected to Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, one of Guatemala’s most powerful drug traffickers, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). For years, Waldemar Lorenzana Lima has used his businesses and agricultural holdings in La Reforma, Zacapa, Guatemala as a front for the northbound movement of drugs through Guatemala. Today, OFAC designated Ovaldino Lorenzana Cordon and Marta Julia Lorenzana Cordon for their role in the drug trafficking activities of their father, Lorenzana Lima as well as the Lorenzana family’s extensive business network.

In April 2010, OFAC designated Lorenzana Lima and three of his sons for their role in facilitating the narcotics-trafficking activities of the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala. Today’s action prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the eight designated entities and two designated individuals, and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“Treasury will continue to target major drug cartels wherever they are operating, including family organizations that work together to traffic narcotics. Today’s designation of Marta Julia and Ovaldino Lorenzana Cordon, members of one of Guatemala’s most significant crime families, along with the Lorenzanas’ business network, allows us to continue our efforts to dismantle transnational drug trafficking organizations operating in Guatemala,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin.

The Lorenzana drug trafficking organization plays a key role in facilitating cocaine trafficking between Colombia and Mexico. Through their connections with Colombian suppliers, they utilize their home country of Guatemala as a staging point for cocaine shipments. Once the cocaine arrives in Guatemala, the Lorenzana family works with the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic cocaine into Mexico and, eventually, the United States. Guatemalan authorities arrested Lorenzana Lima and one of his sons, Eliu Elixander Lorenzana Cordon, in April 2011 and November 2011, respectively. They remain in custody pending extradition to the U.S.​
The designations announced today are the latest in a series of efforts by OFAC to thwart transnational drug cartels, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, which are responsible for distributing significant amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine to the United States. President Obama identified the Sinaloa Cartel as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Kingpin Act in April 2009.

Today’s action, supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is part of OFAC’s ongoing efforts under the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers worldwide. 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 of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code.

View a chart of the Lorenzana organization.​”

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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 Traffickers named under the Kingpin Act [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on June 12, 2012

June 12, 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:

COLORADO CESSA, Francisco Antonio, C Rio Tonala #3, Colonia Jardines, Tuxpan, Veracruz 92890, Mexico; Rio Palma 10, Jardines, Tuxpan, Veracruz 92890, Mexico; La Flor De Maria, Carretera Mexico-Tuxpan, Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico; DOB 10 Oct 1960; POB Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. COCF601010HVZLSR05 (Mexico); Passport 04060004616 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

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

May 16, 2012

Yesterday, OFAC has added [SDNTK] Entries on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

AHMED, Sheikh Shakeel (a.k.a. MOHIDDIN, Shaikh Shakil Babu; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chhota; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chota; a.k.a. SHAKIL, Chhota), R. No. 11, 1st Floor Ruksans Manzil, 78 Temkar Street, Nagpada, Mumbai, India; DOB 31 Dec 1955; alt. DOB 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India (individual) [SDNTK]

MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razaaq (a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razak; a.k.a. “MUSHTAQ”; a.k.a. “MUSTAQ”; a.k.a. “SIKANDER”; a.k.a. “TIGER MEMON”), Bldg. No. 21 Room No. 1069, Fisherman Colony Mahim, Mumbai, India; House No. C-201, Extension-A, Karachi Development Scheme, Karachi, Pakistan; DOB 24 Nov 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India; Passport L152818 (India); alt. Passport AA762402 (Pakistan) (individual) [SDNTK]

MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razak (a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razaaq; a.k.a. “MUSHTAQ”; a.k.a. “MUSTAQ”; a.k.a. “SIKANDER”; a.k.a. “TIGER MEMON”), Bldg. No. 21 Room No. 1069, Fisherman Colony Mahim, Mumbai, India; House No. C-201, Extension-A, Karachi Development Scheme, Karachi, Pakistan; DOB 24 Nov 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India; Passport L152818 (India); alt. Passport AA762402 (Pakistan) (individual) [SDNTK]

MOHIDDIN, Shaikh Shakil Babu (a.k.a. AHMED, Sheikh Shakeel; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chhota; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chota; a.k.a. SHAKIL, Chhota), R. No. 11, 1st Floor Ruksans Manzil, 78 Temkar Street, Nagpada, Mumbai, India; DOB 31 Dec 1955; alt. DOB 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India (individual) [SDNTK]

MUSHTAQ (a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razaaq; a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razak; a.k.a. “MUSTAQ”; a.k.a. “SIKANDER”; a.k.a. “TIGER MEMON”), Bldg. No. 21 Room No. 1069, Fisherman Colony Mahim, Mumbai, India; House No. C-201, Extension-A, Karachi Development Scheme, Karachi, Pakistan; DOB 24 Nov 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India; Passport L152818 (India); alt. Passport AA762402 (Pakistan) (individual) [SDNTK]

MUSTAQ (a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razaaq; a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razak; a.k.a. “MUSHTAQ”; a.k.a. “SIKANDER”; a.k.a. “TIGER MEMON”), Bldg. No. 21 Room No. 1069, Fisherman Colony Mahim, Mumbai, India; House No. C-201, Extension-A, Karachi Development Scheme, Karachi, Pakistan; DOB 24 Nov 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India; Passport L152818 (India); alt. Passport AA762402 (Pakistan) (individual) [SDNTK]

SHAKEEL, Chhota (a.k.a. AHMED, Sheikh Shakeel; a.k.a. MOHIDDIN, Shaikh Shakil Babu; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chota; a.k.a. SHAKIL, Chhota), R. No. 11, 1st Floor Ruksans Manzil, 78 Temkar Street, Nagpada, Mumbai, India; DOB 31 Dec 1955; alt. DOB 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India (individual) [SDNTK]

SHAKEEL, Chota (a.k.a. AHMED, Sheikh Shakeel; a.k.a. MOHIDDIN, Shaikh Shakil Babu; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chhota; a.k.a. SHAKIL, Chhota), R. No. 11, 1st Floor Ruksans Manzil, 78 Temkar Street, Nagpada, Mumbai, India; DOB 31 Dec 1955; alt. DOB 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India (individual) [SDNTK]

SHAKIL, Chhota (a.k.a. AHMED, Sheikh Shakeel; a.k.a. MOHIDDIN, Shaikh Shakil Babu; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chhota; a.k.a. SHAKEEL, Chota), R. No. 11, 1st Floor Ruksans Manzil, 78 Temkar Street, Nagpada, Mumbai, India; DOB 31 Dec 1955; alt. DOB 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay),
India; nationality India (individual) [SDNTK]

SIKANDER (a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razaaq; a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razak; a.k.a. “MUSHTAQ”; a.k.a. “MUSTAQ”; a.k.a. “TIGER MEMON”), Bldg. No. 21 Room No. 1069, Fisherman Colony Mahim, Mumbai, India; House No. C-201, Extension-A, Karachi Development Scheme, Karachi, Pakistan; DOB 24 Nov 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India; Passport L152818 (India); alt. Passport AA762402 (Pakistan) (individual) [SDNTK]

TIGER MEMON (a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razaaq; a.k.a. MEMON, Ibrahim Abdul Razak; a.k.a. “MUSHTAQ”; a.k.a. “MUSTAQ”; a.k.a. “SIKANDER”), Bldg. No. 21 Room No. 1069, Fisherman Colony Mahim, Mumbai, India; House No. C-201, Extension-A, Karachi Development Scheme, Karachi, Pakistan; DOB 24 Nov 1960; POB Mumbai (Bombay), India; nationality India; Passport L152818 (India); alt. Passport AA762402 (Pakistan) (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Designates Two Lieutenants of South Asian Criminal Organization

5/15/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim “Tiger” Memon as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their roles as part of a criminal organization run by Dawood Ibrahim, known as “D Company.” Dawood Ibrahim was named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in October 2003, and in June 2006, he was named by the President as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker. Also in June 2006, the Dawood Ibrahim Organization was named by the President as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker.

“Treasury continues to target the nexus of crime and terrorism in South Asia with today’s action against one of the world’s most notorious criminal organizations,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin.

Chhota Shakeel is Dawood’s lieutenant who coordinates for D Company with other organized crime and terror groups. Ibrahim “Tiger” Memon is a trusted lieutenant who controls the organization’s businesses across South Asia and is wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings. INTERPOL has issued provisional arrest warrants or “red notices” for both Shakeel and Memon, who are Indian nationals. Dawood Ibrahim and his organization have been involved in international narcotics trafficking activities since the late 1980s.Their smuggling routes include South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Drug trafficking activities of D Company include the smuggling of heroin and hashish from Afghanistan and Thailand to the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim “Tiger” Memon, and any assets they 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 1,100 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 April 12, 2012

April 12, 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:

DESARROLLO ARQUITECTONICO FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V., Avenida Vallarta No. 6503, Piso 15, Col. C.D. Granja, Zapopan, Jalsico 45010, Mexico; Calzada de los Fresnos, No 70-A, Col. C.D. Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Vereda De La Alondra No 8, Col Puerta De Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco 45116, Mexico; Vereda De La Alondra No 8, Col Puerta De Hierro, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Miguel Hidalgo Manzana 47, Lote 11, Local – B, Colonia Reg. 92, Quintana Roo, Benito Juarez 77516, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 17103 (Mexico); R.F.C. DAF0301276R6 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

DESARROLLOS INMOBILIARIOS CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V., Calzada de los Fresnos, No. 70 A, Desp. 101, Col. Ciudad Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 40246 (Mexico); R.F.C. DIC071012771 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

DESARROLLOS TURISTICOS FORTIA, S.A. DEC.V., Johanes Brahms No. 209, Int. 10, Col. Residencial La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco 45030, Mexico; Calzada de los Fresnos, No 70-A – 103, Col. Ciudad Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 39853 (Mexico); R.F.C. DTF071012189 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

DISDA (a.k.a. DISPOSITIVOS INDUSTRIALES DINAMICOS, S.A. DE C.V.), Gaseoducto No. 7, Parque Industrial Puebla 2000, Puebla, Puebla 72226, Mexico; RFC DID100927249 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

DISPOSITIVOS INDUSTRIALES DINAMICOS, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. DISDA), Gaseoducto No. 7, Parque Industrial Puebla 2000, Puebla, Puebla 72226, Mexico; RFC DID100927249 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

DISTRIBUIDORA LIFE, S.A., Colon, Panama; RUC # 1205391-1-583093 (Panama) [SDNTK]

DISTRIBUIDORA MEDICA HOSPITALARIA, S.A. DE C.V., Colima No. 323 Int. 9, Col. Roma Norte, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06700, Mexico; Tenozique Manzana 189 Lote 28, Col. Pedregal de San Nicolas 1a, Tlalpan, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 14100, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 175066 (Mexico); R.F.C. DMH930419ETA (Mexico) [SDNTK]

EL PALOMAR CAR WASH, S.A. DE C.V., Plaza El Palomar, Zona M Unico El P. Panor, Col. El Palomar, Tlajomulco, Jalisco 45645, Mexico; Paseo De Las Lomas 6272, Col. Lomas De Colli, Zapopan, Jalsico 45037, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 10374 (Mexico); R.F.C. PCW010604T1 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

FERNANDEZ GOMEZ, Ernesto (a.k.a. FIGUERO GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo; a.k.a. FIGUEROA GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo; a.k.a. FIGUEROA, Edward), Las Cortes 2935, Barajas Villasenor, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Paseo de los Bosquez 115, El Palomar, Jalisco, Mexico; Benito Juarez, Valentin Gomez Farias 120A, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Puerta de Hierro 5594, Colonia Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Donato Guerra 227, Colonia Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; San Aristeo 2323, Colonia Popular, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Acueducto 2200, Casa 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pinos 330-2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Marina Heights Tower Penthouse 4902 , Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; c/o DESARROLLOS INMOBILIARIOS CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLOS TURISTICOS FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o SCUADRA FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o UNION ABARROTERO DE JALISCO S.C. DE R.L. DE C.V.; c/o EL PALOMAR CAR WASH, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o FORTIA BAJA SUR, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GEOFARMA S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO COMERCIAL SAN BLAS, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO F Y F MEDICAL INTERNACIONAL DE EQUIPOS; c/o PROMOCIONES CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o PUNTO FARMACEUTICO S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLO ARQUITECTONICO FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; DOB 9 May 1973; alt. DOB 10 May 1973; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 01140311083 (Mexico); alt. Passport 6140103492 (Mexico); alt. Passport 96340014324 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

FIGUERO GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo (a.k.a. FERNANDEZ GOMEZ, Ernesto; a.k.a. FIGUEROA GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo; a.k.a. FIGUEROA, Edward), Las Cortes 2935, Barajas Villasenor, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Paseo de los Bosquez 115, El Palomar, Jalisco, Mexico; Benito Juarez, Valentin Gomez Farias 120A, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Puerta de Hierro 5594, Colonia Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Donato Guerra 227, Colonia Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; San Aristeo 2323, Colonia Popular, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Acueducto 2200, Casa 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pinos 330-2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Marina Heights Tower Penthouse 4902, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; c/o DESARROLLOS INMOBILIARIOS CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLOS TURISTICOS FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o SCUADRA FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o UNION ABARROTERO DE JALISCO S.C. DE R.L. DE C.V.; c/o EL PALOMAR CAR WASH, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o FORTIA BAJA SUR, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GEOFARMA S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO COMERCIAL SAN BLAS, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO F Y F MEDICAL INTERNACIONAL DE EQUIPOS; c/o PROMOCIONES CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o PUNTO FARMACEUTICO S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLO ARQUITECTONICO FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; DOB 9 May 1973; alt. DOB 10 May 1973; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 01140311083 (Mexico); alt. Passport 6140103492 (Mexico); alt. Passport 96340014324 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

FIGUEROA GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo (a.k.a. FERNANDEZ GOMEZ, Ernesto; a.k.a. FIGUERO GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo; a.k.a. FIGUEROA, Edward), Las Cortes 2935, Barajas Villasenor, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Paseo de los Bosquez 115, El Palomar, Jalisco, Mexico; Benito Juarez, Valentin Gomez Farias 120A, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Puerta de Hierro 5594, Colonia Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Donato Guerra 227, Colonia Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; San Aristeo 2323, Colonia Popular, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Acueducto 2200, Casa 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pinos 330-2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Marina Heights Tower Penthouse 4902, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; c/o DESARROLLOS INMOBILIARIOS CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLOS TURISTICOS FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o SCUADRA FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o UNION ABARROTERO DE JALISCO S.C. DE R.L. DE C.V.; c/o EL PALOMAR CAR WASH, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o FORTIA BAJA SUR, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GEOFARMA S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO COMERCIAL SAN BLAS, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO F Y F MEDICAL INTERNACIONAL DE EQUIPOS; c/o PROMOCIONES CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o PUNTO FARMACEUTICO S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLO ARQUITECTONICO FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; DOB 9 May 1973; alt. DOB 10 May 1973; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 01140311083 (Mexico); alt. Passport 6140103492 (Mexico); alt. Passport 96340014324 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

FIGUEROA VASQUEZ, Ezio Benjamin, Avenida Pinos 330-2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Colima No 319-B, Col. Roma, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Colonias 269, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Abedules 507-5, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Fraccionamiento El Palomar, Paseo el Palomar 132, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; 2200 Acueducto, Casa 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Colinas de San Javier, Paseo Loma Ancha 3547, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Blvd Puerta de Hierro No 6094, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Paseo de las Lomas No 43, Lomas de Colli, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Paseo de los Heroes 108-104, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Ave Tamaulipas 103 9, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Jojutla 65, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Victoria 86 Interior 106, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Calle Arbol 4508, Col Chapalita, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; 6094 Fraccionamiento Puerta, Boulevard Puerta de Hierro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Vallarta 6503, Ciudad Granja, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Donato Guerra 227, Colonia Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; San Aristeo 2323, Colonia Popular, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Las Cortes 2935, Barajas Villasenor, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; 2a Secc, Paseo Loma Ancha Colonias de San Javier, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Ave Lopez de Legaspi 2439, Colonia Lopez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; c/o DISPOSITIVOS INDUSTRIALES DINAMICOS, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o SCUADRA FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o TECNOLOGIA OPTIMA CORPORATIVA S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA LIFE, S.A.; c/o EL PALOMAR CAR WASH, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DISTRIBUIDORA MEDICA HOSPITALARIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GEOFARMA S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO COMERCIAL SAN BLAS, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO F Y F MEDICAL INTERNACIONAL DE EQUIPOS; c/o PUNTO FARMACEUTICO S.A. DE C.V.; DOB 20 Jun 1952; POB Mexico; Passport 94330015931 (Mexico); alt. Passport GO1814955 (Mexico); alt. Passport 05140035482 (Mexico); alt. Passport 07140276330 (Mexico); VisaNumberID GDL000506209 (Mexico)(individual) [SDNTK]

FIGUEROA, Edward (a.k.a. FERNANDEZ GOMEZ, Ernesto; a.k.a. FIGUERO GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo; a.k.a. FIGUEROA GOMEZ, Hassein Eduardo), Las Cortes 2935, Barajas Villasenor, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Paseo de los Bosquez 115, El Palomar, Jalisco, Mexico; Benito Juarez, Valentin Gomez Farias 120A, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Puerta de Hierro 5594, Colonia Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Donato Guerra 227, Colonia Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; San Aristeo 2323, Colonia Popular, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Acueducto 2200, Casa 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Avenida Pinos 330-2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Marina Heights Tower Penthouse 4902 , Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; c/o DESARROLLOS INMOBILIARIOS CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLOS TURISTICOS FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o SCUADRA FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o UNION ABARROTERO DE JALISCO S.C. DE R.L. DE C.V.; c/o EL
PALOMAR CAR WASH, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o FORTIA BAJA SUR, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GEOFARMA S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO
COMERCIAL SAN BLAS, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o GRUPO F Y F MEDICAL INTERNACIONAL DE EQUIPOS; c/o PROMOCIONES CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V.; c/o PUNTO FARMACEUTICO S.A. DE C.V.; c/o DESARROLLO ARQUITECTONICO FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V.; DOB 9 May 1973; alt. DOB 10 May 1973; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 01140311083 (Mexico); alt. Passport 6140103492 (Mexico); alt. Passport 96340014324 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

FORTIA BAJA SUR, S.A. DE C.V., Calzada Fresnos No 70-A, Int. 102, Col. Ciudad Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Comerciantes No. 5395, Int. 11, Col. Jardines de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco 45030, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 39854 (Mexico); R.F.C. FBS0710126M0 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

GEOFARMA S.A. DE C.V., Colonias No. 269, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44100, Mexico; Calle Nueva York No. 304, Col. Napoles, Benito Juarez, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 03810, Mexico; Wisconsin No. 68, Col. Napoles, Benito Juarez, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 03810, Mexico; Uno No. 110, Col. Revoluciones, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz 94296, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 265072 (Mexico); R.F.C. GEO000810UD5 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

GRUPO COMERCIAL SAN BLAS, S.A. DE C.V., Colonias 269 , Guadalajara, Jalisco 44160, Mexico; Avenida Vallarta Edif. Concentro, No. 6503, Piso 16, Ciudad Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Homero No. 418, Sexto Piso, Col. Polanco, Del Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 11570, Mexico; Benjamin Hill No. 178, Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal 06140, Mexico; Vicente Guerrero No. 1261, Colonia Molino de Parra, Municipio Morelia, Michoacan 58010, Mexico; Avenida Vallarta #6503, Torre Corey, Piso 16, Col. Ciudad Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 251184 (Mexico); R.F.C. GCS9903264U1 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

GRUPO F Y F MEDICAL INTERNACIONAL DE EQUIPOS, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 290199 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

PROMOCIONES CITADEL, S.A. DE C.V., Calzada del Fresnos 70-A , Desp. 104, Col. Granja, Zapopan, Jalisco 45010, Mexico; Avenida Miguel Hidalgo Manzana 47, Lote 11, Local – A, Colonia Reg. 92, Benito Juarez,
Quintana Roo 77516, Mexico; R.F.C. PCI071012KB2 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

PUNTO FARMACEUTICO S.A. DE C.V., Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 258473 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

SCUADRA FORTIA, S.A. DE C.V., Paseo De Las Lomas No. 90, El Colli Ejidal, Zapopan, Jalisco 45070, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 13537 (Mexico); R.F.C. SFO011205UJ8 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

TECNOLOGIA OPTIMA CORPORATIVA S. DE R.L. DE C.V., Vereda de la Codorniz, No. 100, Col. Coto Cataluna, Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco 45110, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 44444 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

UNION ABARROTERO DE JALISCO S.C. DE R.L. DE C.V., Avenida Lazaro Cardenas No. 3446-14 , Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 17656 (Mexico) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Designates Major Mexican Chemical Traffickers

4/12/2012
​Major Methamphetamine Supply Route Targeted with Today’s Action

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Ezio Benjamin Figueroa Vasquez and his son, Hassein Eduardo Figueroa Gomez, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their significant role in international narcotics trafficking, as well as 16 of their companies in Mexico and Panama. 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.

Figueroa Vasquez and Figueroa Gomez lead an international precursor chemical trafficking organization responsible for the diversion and importation of multi-ton quantities of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine from Europe and sub-Saharan Africa into Mexico. The organization distributes these precursor materials to major Mexican drug trafficking organizations which manufacture methamphetamine in Mexico for ultimate distribution in the United States.

“Working closely with the Government of Mexico, OFAC is today sanctioning two significant traffickers who for years circumvented Mexican drug control laws to import massive amounts of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine into Mexico,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “Together with our colleagues in the U.S. and Mexican governments, we will continue to target the activities of these criminals and other precursor chemical networks.”

On November 2, 2011, Figueroa Vasquez and Figueroa Gomez were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. They are accused of conspiring to commit money laundering in connection with their alleged precursor chemical trafficking. The indictment was unsealed on April 11, 2012.

In September 2011, Mexican authorities arrested Figueroa Vasquez, and he remains in Mexican custody today. The 16 companies designated today in Mexico and Panama range in business activities from real estate and construction to pharmaceutical activity. Among these companies are Mexico City-based pharmaceutical companies Geofarma, S.A. de C.V. and Distribuidora Medica Hospitalaria, S.A. de C.V. as well as Guadalajara-based construction and housing development companies Promociones Citadel, S.A. de C.V. and Desarrollo Arquitectonico Fortia, S.A. de C.V.

Today’s action would not have been possible without key support from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Government of Belgium also assisted OFAC in this action. This cooperation is part of a global effort to interdict Mexican drug trafficking organizations’ access to materials needed for the illicit production of methamphetamine.

“This organization for years served as a major facilitator on behalf of some of the most violent, brutal Mexico-based drug networks in the world,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “The biggest cartels in the world rely on organizations like this one to secure huge amounts of precursor chemicals like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to produce massive amounts of meth that ends up in communities across the United States. Using every tool at our disposal, such as this Treasury designation, will go a long way towards ensuring that this organization is dismantled.”

Pursuant to the Kingpin Act, 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 Traffickers named under the Kingpin Act [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on January 19, 2012

January 19, 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:

ANDREA YARI S.A. (a.k.a. ANDREAYARI, S.A.), 2 Calle 6AVE, Barrio El Centro San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; RUC # 45476-12-300189 (Panama) [SDNTK]

ANDREAYARI, S.A. (a.k.a. ANDREA YARI S.A.), 2 Calle 6AVE, Barrio El Centro San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; RUC # 45476-12-300189 (Panama) [SDNTK]

BINGOTON MILLONARIO, Sarafi 3 Avenida 13- 46 Zona 1, Guatemala, Guatemala [SDNTK]

BORRAYO LASMIBAT, Hayron Eduardo (a.k.a. BORRAYO LISMIBAT, Eduardo); DOB 3 May 1972; citizen Guatemala; Passport 22222838 (individual) [SDNTK]

BORRAYO LISMIBAT, Eduardo (a.k.a. BORRAYO LASMIBAT, Hayron Eduardo); DOB 3 May 1972; citizen Guatemala; Passport 22222838 (individual) [SDNTK]

CHACON ROSSELL, Marllory Dadiana; DOB 4 Oct 1972; POB Guatemala City, Guatemala; nationality Guatemala (individual) [SDNTK]

FERNANDEZ CARBAJAL, Jorge Andres, c/o ANDREA YARI S.A. ; c/o FER’SEG S.A.; DOB 26 Feb 1958; nationality Honduras; Passport 14098 (individual) [SDNTK]

FER’SEG S.A., 2 Calle 6AVE, Barrio El Centro San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; Registration ID 160766 (Panama) [SDNTK]

HERNANDEZ DE BORRAYO, Mirza Silvana, c/o BINGOTON MILLONARIO; c/o REVOLUCIONES POR MINUTO ACELERACION S.A.; DOB 30 Mar 1974; POB Guatemala; nationality Guatemala; Passport 008818499 (individual) [SDNTK]

REVOLUCIONES POR MINUTO ACELERACION S.A. (a.k.a. RPM ACELERACION), 20 Calle 26- 30, Zona 10, Guatemala, Guatemala; NIT # 3197607-7 [SDNTK]

RPM ACELERACION (a.k.a. REVOLUCIONES POR MINUTO ACELERACION S.A.), 20 Calle 26-30, Zona 10, Guatemala, Guatemala; NIT # 3197607-7 [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Top Guatemalan Drug Trafficker

1/19/2012

“WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of Guatemalan national Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell and seven other individuals and entities connected to Chacon Rossell’s drug trafficking and money laundering organization as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). Today’s action, taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these entities and individuals and freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell leads a drug trafficking and money laundering organization based out of Guatemala with operations in Honduras and Panama that supplies the Mexican drug cartels. Chacon Rossell is believed to be one of the most prolific narcotics traffickers in Central America. She is responsible for transshipping thousands of kilograms of cocaine per month through Guatemala, into Mexico, and on to the United States. Chacon Rossell is also believed to launder tens of millions of U.S. dollars in narcotics proceeds each month, making her the most active money launderer in Guatemala.

“Marllory Chacon’s drug trafficking activities and her ties to the Mexican drug cartels make her a critical figure in the narcotics trade,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating Chacon, OFAC is disrupting those activities and closing off from the U.S. financial system the network of companies aiding Chacon’s illicit activities.”

OFAC is also designating Jorge Andres Fernandez Carbajal, Chacon’s husband, a Honduran citizen responsible for providing logistical support for his wife’s organization. Hayron Eduardo Borrayo Lasmibat and Mirza Silvana Hernandez De Borrayo, both Guatemalan nationals, are also being designated today for providing support to Marllory Chacon’s drug trafficking activities. OFAC is also designating two Guatemalan companies, Bingoton Millonario and Revoluciones Por Minuto Aceleracion S.A., which are owned, controlled, or directed by Mirza Silvana Hernandez de Borrayo and Hayron Eduardo Borrayo Lasmibat, and two Panamanian companies, Andrea Yari S.A. and Fer’Seg S.A, which are owned, controlled, or directed by Jorge Andres Fernandez Carbajal.

OFAC coordinated on this investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Today’s action is part of ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,000 individuals and entities pursuant to the Kingpin Act since June 2000.

Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

To view a chart of the Chacon Rossell affiliates, click here

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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 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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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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