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

August 29, 2012

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

The following [SDNTK] entries have been removed:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions Alleged Guatemalan Drug Trafficker with Zetas Ties

April 11, 2012

Fox News Latino on April 10, 2012 released the following:

“Treasury Dept. Sanctions Guatemalan Drug Trafficker with Zetas Ties

By Andrew O’Reilly

A Guatemalan man with suspected ties to Mexico’s Los Zetas cartel has been designated by the Treasury Department as a narcotics trafficker, the agency announced Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Horst Walter Overdick Mejia, allegedly a critical link between Colombian drug producers and the Los Zetas cartel, as a major drug trafficking target and, under the Kingpin Act, is now prohibited with doing any business with U.S. citizens.

The act also freezes any assets Overdick Mejia may have in the United States.

“Overdick Mejia’s drug trafficking activities and close ties to the Los Zetas makes him a dangerous and critical figure in the Central American narcotics trade,” OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin, said in a press release. “By designating Overdick Mejia, OFAC is demonstrating its support for the Guatemalan government in its struggle against the threats and violence posed by these international drug gangs.”

Early last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York unsealed an indictment for Overdick Mejia’s drug trafficking and firearms activities, with Guatemalan authorities arresting him on April 3.

Believed to run a major drug trafficking and money laundering organization in Guatemala, Overdick Mejia is suspected to have used his experience as a spice buyer, his local contacts and his business insight to smuggle thousands of kilograms of cocaine into Mexico and the United States.

“Overdick Mejia was a vital link between Colombian drug producers and Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas. This case is yet another example of the united front that law enforcement and regulators must utilize to ensure that organizations such as this one are put out of business forever,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis in a press release.

Overdick Mejia is believed to have brought the Zetas to Guatemala in 2008 to eliminate a rival trafficker and is now suspected to be the Mexican cartel’s most important ally in the Central American nation.

Guatemala has become a hotbed for drug-related violence as authorities in Mexico crackdown on the cartels operating in the country. The Zetas have been described by the DEA as perhaps “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and violent of these paramilitary enforcement groups.”

“It might not be an exaggeration to say the Zetas are among the most vicious drug cartel to ever emerge. Not only have they been able to establish drug-trafficking routes through Guatemala and Nicaragua into Mexico,” The security website InSightCrime.org wrote. “But recent reports indicate that they may have co-opted a cocaine trafficking route via Venezuela-West Africa into Europe, representing yet another lucrative market for the organization.”

The Associated Press also reported last week that the Zetas had made an alliance in Guatemala with the Mara Salvatrucha gang. More commonly known as MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha was originally founded in the 1990s by gang members in southern California and quickly spread throughout Central America when the members were deported.

According to the news service, secret jailhouse recording and a turncoat kidnapper have described a pact between leaders of the Maras and the Zetas.

Eduardo Velasco, head of a Guatemala’s Interior Ministry task force on organized crime, told the AP that local authorities believed the Maras’ training by the Zetas has led to an increase brutality, planning, organization and firepower of Maras’ operations in the country.

“As a result of this union with the Zetas, the Mara Salvatrucha have more ability to organize, strategize and maneuver,” Velasco said. “The Mara Salvatrucha want to build up their inventory of long-range weapons, grenades and drugs for their own use and for sale … they know the economic benefit is great for them and that the Zetas, as an outside group, need the Maras’ network in order to grow inside Guatemala.””

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Muammar Gadhafi Placed on OFAC SDN List; $30 Billion Located and Frozen

February 28, 2011

Last Friday, the White House announced Muammar Gadhafi has been placed on the OFAC SDN List. As of today, OFAC has located and frozen at least $30 billion in Libyan assets as it seeks to deprive leader Muammar Gadhafi of access to government and personal accounts.

President Obama singed into effect an Executive Order blocking property and prohibiting certain transactions related to Libya. The E.O. targets Gadhafi, senior government officials, Gadhafi’s children, material supporters of the Government of Libya and the Central Bank of Libya.

Over the weekend, the United Nations unanimously approved a resolution sanctioning Libya, and the U.K. announced its own measures following the U.N. guidelines. Monday morning, the European Union announced its own measures that extended the U.N. sanctions to 20 additional individuals.

The U.S. and international sanctions are a direct financial attack against Gadhafi and his supporters, clearly indicating the concern regarding the current regime and the effort to sever Gadhafi from his financial assets.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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OFAC’s Power Extends to Vessels on the High Seas

February 17, 2011

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing General License No. 3 under the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 544, authorizing certain transactions related to the arrest, detention and judicial sale of the MV First Ocean and the MV Second Ocean, which are two vessels on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list.

These vessels are currently under arrest in Chiwan and Qingdao, the People’s Republic of China, respectively. The general license allows for the purchase and acquisition of the vessels, as well as guidance for expedited SDN removal.

As this case demonstrates, in addition to individuals and entities, OFAC has the authority to place vessels on the SDN List as part of it’s broad sanctions power.

For a complete reading of the license, which provides insight into OFAC’s requirements for SDN removal, please click here.

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Ivory Coast Treasury Catches Fire; President Feels Heat of Financial Sanctions

February 10, 2011

A fire at the Treasury building in downtown Abidjan on Tuesday destroyed financial records on at least three floors, officials said. The fire comes at a time of increasing fiscal strain for the president, Laurent Gbagbo, who is facing international financial sanctions because he has refused to step down after losing an election in November. Last week, the United States ambassador, Phillip Carter, said Gbagbo had been extorting businesses to pay their taxes in advance.

In January, Gbagbo and his wife, Simone Gbagbo, were targeted by OFAC and added to the Specially Designated Nationals List. As a result, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Gbagbo and his wife, and any assets of the designees within U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Also designated were three of Gbagbo’s senior advisors and members of his inner circle, Desire Tagro, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and Alcide Ilahiri Djedje for acting for or on his behalf. View the Treasury Department press release here.

Gbagbo became president of the Ivory Coast in 2000, defeating a candidate backed by a military junta that had seized power the year before. His term ended in 2005, but he stayed on amidst lingering rebellion in the country’s north and deep splits in the country’s leadership. He was defeated in an election in November 2010 but has shown no intention of stepping down.

Alassane Ouattara, the man the United Nations, the African Union and other foreign powers say defeated Gbagbo, remains blockaded in a hotel by Gbagbo’s security forces, even as new sanctions and financial pressures rain down almost daily on Gbagbo. Veteran observers say the country may be headed for another civil war. According to the United Nations, more than 200 people have been killed in postelection violence.

Gbagbo has control over one of Africa’s most valuable commodities, cocoa (Ivory Coast is the world’s biggest producer). However, with his recent SDN designation, Gbagbo will not be able to engage in any transaction with a person, business or entity with financial ties to the United States.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Litigation.

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U.S. Treasury Designates Lebanese Canadian Bank Sal as a “Primary Money Laundering Concern”

February 10, 2011

The U.S. Treasury Department says the Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL together with its subsidiaries (LCB) has laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for a drug trafficking group with ties to Hezbollah, which Washington considers a terrorist organization.

The Treasury Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration say Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL has been designated a “primary money laundering concern” for allegedly helping launder up to $200 million a month for a Lebanese-based drug smuggling group. The agencies say alleged drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa runs the ring.

LCB has been designated under Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act. Section 311 actions are distinct from designations brought by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which are applied more broadly, prohibit transactions and trigger asset freezing obligations. For an overview of Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act, please click here.

Allegedly, Joumaa and his Lebanon-based drug trafficking and money laundering network, along with several other individuals, have used LCB to launder narcotics proceeds as part of this international money laundering network. On January 26, Treasury designated Joumaa along with nine individuals and 19 entities in his network as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Following today’s action by the Treasury, more individuals may soon face an OFAC SDN designation.

The Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) also today filed a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), in which it proposes prohibiting U.S. financial institutions from opening or maintaining correspondent or payable-through accounts for LCB.

For a complete reading of the Treasury press release, please click here.

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