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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Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRCONGO] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on November 13, 2012

November 14, 2012

On November 13, 2012, OFAC has added [DRCONGO] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

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

MAKENGA, Emmanuel Sultani (a.k.a. MAKENGA, Sultani); DOB 25 Dec 1973; POB Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Colonel (individual) [DRCONGO].

MAKENGA, Sultani (a.k.a. MAKENGA, Emmanuel Sultani); DOB 25 Dec 1973; POB Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Colonel (individual) [DRCONGO].

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Treasury Designates Congolese Militant Leader

11/13/2012
Sanctions Target Leader of Mouvement Du 23 Mars
for Using Child Soldiers and Violating Arms Embargo

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Sultani Makenga pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13413, which targets persons contributing to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Makenga, the leader of the Congolese militant group Mouvement Du 23 Mars (M23), was designated for his recruitment and use of child soldiers in the conflict in the DRC in violation of applicable international law. Sultani Makenga is also being designated for being the recipient –
in the territory of the DRC – of arms and material related to military activities that have contributed directly to the ongoing conflict in the DRC.

“Sultani Makenga is responsible for extensive atrocities against the population in the DRC, including the recruitment of child soldiers, and campaigns of violence against civilians,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “Today’s action reflects the international community’s commitment to resolving the ongoing crisis in the region.”

M23 is a militant group, led by Makenga, which operates in the eastern DRC and is made up of rebels from the armed forces of the DRC (FARDC). Since the M23’s formation, the group, under the guidance and leadership of Makenga, has been responsible for carrying out extensive atrocities against the civilian population of the DRC.

On June 19, 2012, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, stated in a news release that “the leaders of the M23 figure amongst the worst perpetrators of human rights violations in the DRC, or in the world for that matter. Many of them have appalling track records including allegations of involvement of mass rape, and of responsibility for massacres and for the recruitment and use of children.”

As a result of Treasury’s action, any assets of the individual designated today that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen. Additionally, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting any transactions with Sultani Makenga.

Identifying Information

Name: Makenga, Sultani
AKA: Makenga, Colonel Sultani
AKA: Makenga, Emmanuel Sultani
DOB: 25 Dec 1973
POB: Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo ”

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

August 7, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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​Treasury Targets Belize-Based Operatives of Chapo Guzman

8/7/2012

Sanctions Directed Against the John Zabaneh Drug Trafficking Organization

Linked to the Sinaloa Cartel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,100 businesses and individuals linked to 97 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

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

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OFAC Introduces New SDN Data Production System

June 13, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012

Today, 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:

EL CHAPITO (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

EL FLACO (a.k.a. SALGUEIRO NEVAREZ, Noel), Mexico; DOB 6 Jun 1969; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN LOPEZ, Ovidio, Mexico; DOB 29 Mar 1990; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. GULO900329HSLZPV09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo; a.k.a. “EL CHAPITO”), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo; a.k.a. “EL CHAPITO”), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archivaldo (a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Archivaldo Ivan; a.k.a. GUZMAN SALAZAR, Ivan Archibaldo; a.k.a. “EL CHAPITO”), Mexico; DOB 2 Oct 1980; POB Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

LIMON SANCHEZ, Ovidio, Calle Plan de Iguala #2951, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 24 Jul 1968; alt. DOB 24 Jun 1968; alt. DOB 16 Oct 1962; POB Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico; C.U.R.P. LISO680724HSLMNV03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK]

SALGUEIRO NEVAREZ, Noel (a.k.a. “EL FLACO”), Mexico; DOB 6 Jun 1969; POB Chihuahua, Mexico; citizen Mexico; nationality Mexico (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Sinaloa Cartel

5/8/2012
Action Includes Sanctions against Two of Chapo Guzman’s Sons

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of four key Sinaloa Cartel operatives, including two sons of Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these four individuals, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

OFAC is designating Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar and Ovidio Guzman Lopez for their roles in their father’s drug trafficking organization and the Sinaloa Cartel. In 2005, Mexican authorities arrested Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar on money laundering charges, but he was later released. Ovidio Guzman Lopez also plays a significant role in his father’s drug trafficking activities. Noel Salgueiro Nevarez is the head of the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Chihuahua where a bloody turf war has claimed the lives of thousands. Mexican authorities arrested him in October 2011, and he remains in Mexican custody. Ovidio Limon Sanchez, also currently in Mexican custody, is a major operative for the Sinaloa Cartel in Sinaloa state. He was arrested in November 2011 by Mexican authorities. Additionally, in 2009, a jury in the U.S. District for the Central District of California returned an indictment against Ovidio Limon Sanchez, charging him with multiple counts of drug trafficking.

“OFAC will aggressively target those individuals who facilitate Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking operations, including family members,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “With the Government of Mexico, we are firm in our resolve to dismantle Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking organization.”

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

Today’s action would not have been possible without the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “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 Chief of Financial Operations John Arvanitis. “DEA is attacking the Sinaloa Cartel and other organizations at every level like never before, so they are put out of business and their leaders are brought to justice.”

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,000 businesses and individuals linked to 94 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.”

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Specially Designated Narcotics 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.

To view a chart of the Figueroa Vasquez network, click here

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