“Sanctions Placed on Eight Sinaloa Cartel Bosses Operating Along the Border”

May 11, 2013

blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com on May 10, 2013 released the following:

By Weston Phippen

“The U.S. Department of Treasury placed sanctions on eight Mexican cartel bosses in the north of the country, each of whom controls smuggling routes and cities for the Sinaloa Cartel called “plazas.”

The Sinaloa Cartel is the largest and oldest of the Mexican cartels. Throughout the drug war and internecine battles between smuggling groups, the Sinaloa Cartel has managed to remain fairly intact. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is believed to be the leader of the criminal group, and Forbes has listed Guzman as one of the most powerful people in world, estimating his net worth to be around $1 billion.(Forbes took Guzman off their 2013 list.)

The eight men accused of working for the Cartel have been designated as drug smugglers under the Kingpin Act, which freezes any assets in the U.S. the men might have had and outlaws Americans from doing business with them.

“Today’s designation marks another step in [the Office of Foreign Assets Control] efforts to specifically target the narcotics traffickers responsible for the horrific acts of violence committed along the Arizona border with Mexico,” Adam Szubin, director of the OFAC, said Tuesday.

The eight bosses named are 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.

They’re accused of controlling smuggling operations along the 375 mile U.S.-Mexico border, including Arizona border towns like Sonoyta, Nogales and Agua Prieta. The bosses each run a town used as a shipping point for drugs, and also oversee the flow of guns and cash from the U.S. back to Mexico to fuel their war and increase their market share of smuggling routes.

The Sinaloa Cartel is also thought to play a major role in the kidnappings and murders across Mexico. Some experts put the death toll in Mexico because of drug violence around 100,000.

Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman says the new designation will hurt the group’s ability to launder their money.

“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,” Coleman says.

Here’s a picture that points out each of the bosses and the plaza they control (Click here to view a larger image).

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OFAC Designates Members Of South Asian Drug Ring ‘D Company’

May 16, 2012

The Wall Street Journal on May 15, 2012 released the following:

“By C.M. Matthews

The U.S. Department of Treasury sanctioned two members of the South Asian criminal organization “D Company” on Tuesday.

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim “Tiger” Memon as narcotics traffickers under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

The designations effectively prohibit U.S. citizens from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the two men, and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Shakeel and Memon are top lieutenants in the Dawood Ibrahim Organization, or D Company, an alleged narcotics ring that operates across South Asia and runs smuggling routes into the U.S., Western Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, according to the Treasury Department. The group and its founder, Dawood Ibrahim, were both designated in 2006.

Shakeel coordinates D Company’s dealings with other organized crime and terror groups, the Treasury Department said, while Memon controls the group’s business across South Asia. Memon is also wanted by Indian authorities for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Violating designations under the Kingpin Act can lead to a range of penalties. Corporate officers can face up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million, while companies face criminal fines up to $10 million.”

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Local charity reaches deal to be removed from terrorist list

May 1, 2012

ToledoBlade.com on May 1, 2012 released the following:

“A West Toledo charity that recently shut its doors following a years-long legal battle with the U.S. Department of Treasury announced today that the parties have reached a settlement agreement that includes removing KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development Inc. from a list of federally designated terrorist organizations.

The Muslim charity filed suit in U.S. District Court in Toledo against the government in October, 2008, challenging the designation and requesting that the freeze order on the organization’s assets be vacated.

According to a three-page settlement released today, the parties “mutually desire to resolves all the claims” without further legal action or admission of liability or wrongdoing by either party.

Listed as one of the conditions is that “all funds and assets owned by KindHearts will be expended, pursuant to licenses by the Office of Foreign Assets Control to cover KindHearts’ outstanding financial obligations and as grants for charitable purposes to charitable organizations.”

Earlier this year, KindHearts published a notice saying that it had officially dissolved. The nonprofit organization was incorporated in January, 2002, to provide humanitarian aid without regard to religion or political affiliation.

According to the agreement, KindHearts agrees to remain closed once its assets are fully allocated.

The settlement involves 13 points.”

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