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EU

EU (Foreign) Terrorist Organizations

July 18, 2011 - The EU Council has concluded that the following groups and entities listed have been involved in terrorist acts within the meaning of Article 1(2) and (3) of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP, that a decision has been taken with respect to them by a competent authority within the meaning of Article 1(4) of that Common Position, and that they should continue to be subject to the specific restrictive measures provided for therein.

More information on the EU FTO page.

UK

February 06, 2012 - General Notice of Renewal of Final Designations - Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010

Entities

  1. EJERCITO DE LIBERACION NACIONAL (ELN) a.k.a: National Liberation Army Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing
  2. FUERZAS ARMADAS REVOLUCIONARIAS DE COLOMBIA a.k.a: (1) FARC (2) Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Other Information: Both UK listing and EU listing

UK Sanctions

US

OFAC

July 31, 2013 - The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reported the designation of three individuals and three entities linked to Ismael Zambada Garcia, one of the principal leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Those designated include Jose Antonio Nunez Bedoya, a Mexican attorney and notary public who helps to create front companies in order to conceal and launder assets related to Zambada Garcia, members of Zambada Garcia’s family, and other members of the Sinaloa Cartel. Nunez Bedoya incorporated Estancia Infantil Nino Feliz and Establo Puerto Rico on behalf of Zambada Garcia and he notarized real estate purchases on behalf of Santa Monica Dairy, all of which were previously designated by OFAC in May, 2007. Additionally, Nunez Bedoya notarized real estate purchases on behalf of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera and his wife, Griselda Lopez Perez, who OFAC designated in September, 2012.

"The Sinaloa Cartel cannot hide behind front companies like a water park or agricultural business,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. "We are working with OFAC to expose these traffickers’ front companies for what they really are—not legitimate businesses, but illegal enterprises that fuel the drug trade, its violence and corruption. As we continue to follow the money trail, we starve these traffickers of their assets and eventually put their global criminal networks out of business.”

The cash-intensive businesses designated by OFAC today were Parque Acuatico Los Cascabeles, a Sinaloa-based water park, Centro Comercial y Habitacional Lomas, a shopping mall in Culiacan, and Rancho Agricola Ganadero Los Mezquites, a cattle ranch in Sinaloa. Nunez Bedoya incorporated and notarized all three businesses on behalf of Zambada Garcia.

Also designated today were Tomasa Garcia Rios and Monica Janeth Verdugo Garcia, wife and daughter of deceased narcotics trafficker Jose Lamberto Verdugo Calderon. Verdugo Calderon, who was killed by the Mexican military in January 2009, was widely identified by U.S. and Mexican authorities as a major financial operative and lieutenant for Zambada Garcia. Tomasa Garcia Rios and Monica Janeth Verdugo Garcia own Rancho Agricola Ganadero Los Mezquites and Parque Acuatico Los Cascabeles.

“Treasury will continue to target and disrupt financial operations linked to the Sinaloa Cartel by taking action against any facilitators, legal or financial professionals, or businesses that are laundering their narcotics proceeds,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin.

Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), 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. The President named Ismael Zambada Garcia and the Sinaloa Cartel as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in May, 2002 and April, 2009, respectively.

Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1,300 businesses and individuals linked to 103 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.

For more information and a chart related to today's action, visit DEA & Sinaloa Chart


July 07, 2013 - Kingpin Act Designations & TBML - Trade Based Money Laundering Network Supported Narcotics Traffickers Ayman Joumaa and Evaristo Linares Castillo

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Colombian nationals Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). These 31 individuals and entities together form a money laundering network responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in drug money connected to drug trafficking organizations, including Ayman Saied Joumaa and Linares Castillo who were both previously designated by the Treasury Department. In a separate action, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Miami Field Division announced the filing of criminal charges against four defendants, including Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz, Henry Guberek Grimberg, and Johanna Patricia Ceballos-Bueno -- designated by Treasury today -- all Colombian nationals, for their participation in an international money laundering conspiracy in which they laundered millions of dollars for transnational drug trafficking organizations.

Today’s action builds upon the U.S. government’s continued campaign to target global narcotics networks, including that run by Joumaa whose global narcotics enterprises have stretched from South America to Africa and have benefited terrorist groups such as Hizballah. By designating the individuals and entities behind this money laundering organization, the Treasury Department is taking another step to protect the international financing system from abuse by narcotics traffickers, money launderers, and terrorists.

“Money laundering is the lifeblood of the narcotics trafficking world,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Our action against this major money laundering network strikes a powerful blow at the illicit profits flows of criminals like Ayman Joumaa and Linares Castillo.”

“Drug traffickers only motive to enter the illegal drug trade is the money, and they will go to any length to hide and protect their proceeds. These bad actors often depend on international businesses to facilitate the illegal movement of their drug profits. Whether you are a successful businessman or a secretary, if you assist drug traffickers you will face the same justice,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville.

Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz, a Colombian national, and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, a dual Colombian and Israeli national, lead a money laundering network based in Bogota, Colombia that launders narcotics proceeds on behalf of numerous drug trafficking organizations, including organizations based in Colombia. Narcotics traffickers such as Ayman Saied Joumaa, previously designated by the Treasury Department in January 2011, and Jose Evaristo Linares Castillo, designated in February 2013 are known to have laundered their drug proceeds through this money laundering network.

Several family members and associates of Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg were also designated today for materially supporting the principals’ money laundering activities and/or for helping to manage their companies. The family members include Henry Guberek Grimberg’s two brothers, Felipe Guberek Grimberg, a businessman currently residing in Israel, and Arieh Guberek Grimberg, a licensed soccer (futbol) agent. The business associates include Johanna Patricia Ceballos Bueno, the secretary of Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg, who manages the day-to-day operations of the network from their offices in Bogota.

Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg primarily rely upon the use of ostensibly legitimate textile companies within Colombia to engage in trade-based money laundering. Using bank accounts for these companies, as well as accounts belonging to a series of shell companies in Panama, Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg provide a means for traffickers to transfer narcotics proceeds back to Colombia from locations all over the world, with drug money transiting additional accounts in Spain, Hong Kong, the United States, Mexico, China, Israel, the Cayman Islands, and Venezuela, as well as other locations in Europe and Central America.

Today’s action, taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these entities and individuals, and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

This action would not have been possible without the support of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,200 individuals and entities linked to 103 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.

The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: <sort> CEBALLOS BUENO, Johanna Patricia; DOB 08 May 1985; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 53176500 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: C.I. DEL ISTMO S.A.S.; Linked To: G&G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.; Linked To: INDUITEX LTDA.; Linked To: SBT S.A.; Linked To: PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A.). GARZON ACOSTA, Miguel Arcangel; DOB 08 Jan 1949; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 19081777 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: C.I. DEL ISTMO S.A.S.; Linked To: SBT S.A.; Linked To: G&G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.; Linked To: PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A.). GRIMBERG DE GUBEREK, Sara; DOB 14 Sep 1938; POB Cartagena, Colombia; Cedula No. 20222497 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: ISSA EMPRESA UNIPERSONAL; Linked To: INVERSIONES GILFE S.A.; Linked To: INDUITEX LTDA.; Linked To: SBT S.A.; Linked To: G&G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.; Linked To: FUNDACION ISSARA; Linked To: COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL ANDINA LIMITADA; Linked To: COMPANIA REAL DE PANAMA S.A.; Linked To: BRACRO S.A.). GUBEREK GRIMBERG, Arieh, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 17 Sep 1959; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 79149680 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: SBT S.A.; Linked To: PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A.; Linked To: COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL ANDINA LIMITADA; Linked To: COLOMBO PERUANA DE TEJIDOS S.A.; Linked To: COMPANIA REAL DE PANAMA S.A.; Linked To: GUBEREK GRIMBERG E HIJOS Y CIA. S. EN C.). GUBEREK GRIMBERG, Felipe, Panama; Safed, Israel; DOB 26 Jun 1968; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 80414317 (Colombia); alt. Cedula No. E-8-83638 (Panama); National ID No. 326930153 (Israel) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: I&S HOLDING COMPANY, S.A.; Linked To: INDUITEX LTDA.; Linked To: INVERSIONES GILFE S.A.; Linked To: ORBITAL HORIZONS CORP.; Linked To: FUNDACION ISSARA; Linked To: COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL ANDINA LIMITADA; Linked To: GUBEREK GRIMBERG E HIJOS Y CIA. S. EN C.; Linked To: CONSTRUCTORA NACIONAL DE PANAMA S.A.; Linked To: AVANTI JOYEROS E.U.; Linked To: COMPANIA REAL DE PANAMA S.A.; Linked To: COLOMBO PERUANA DE TEJIDOS S.A.). GUBEREK GRIMBERG, Henry (a.k.a. GUBEREX GRIMBERG, Henry), Bogota, Colombia; Rosh HaAyin, Israel; DOB 06 Apr 1958; POB Bogota, Colombia; citizen Colombia; alt. citizen Israel; Cedula No. 79150656 (Colombia); Passport AG578034 (Colombia); alt. Passport 11328034 (Israel); National ID No. 313850281 (Israel) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: C.I. DEL ISTMO S.A.S.; Linked To: INDUITEX LTDA.; Linked To: I&S HOLDING COMPANY, S.A.; Linked To: ORBITAL HORIZONS CORP.; Linked To: COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL ANDINA LIMITADA; Linked To: IMPAN-COL, S.A.; Linked To: T.F.M.C. THE FOOD MANAGEMENT CORPORATION LTD; Linked To: PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A.). GUBEREK RAVINOVICZ, Isaac Perez (a.k.a. GUBEREK RABINOVICH, Isaac); DOB 21 Mar 1936; POB Bogota, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 2918329 (Colombia); Passport AM354606 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: C.I. DEL ISTMO S.A.S.; Linked To: I&S HOLDING COMPANY, S.A.; Linked To: INDUITEX LTDA.; Linked To: CHAPS INVESTMENT INC.; Linked To: SBT S.A.; Linked To: ISSA EMPRESA UNIPERSONAL; Linked To: INVERSIONES GILFE S.A.; Linked To: INVERSORA PANACOL S.A.; Linked To: ORBITAL HORIZONS CORP.; Linked To: FUNDACION ISSARA; Linked To: G&G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.; Linked To: COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL ANDINA LIMITADA; Linked To: IMPAN-COL, S.A.; Linked To: COLOMBO PERUANA DE TEJIDOS S.A.; Linked To: C.I. CAFFEE VALORES S.A.; Linked To: PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A.). GUBEREK REYES, David Felipe; DOB 01 Oct 1983; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 80196313 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: INVERSIONES GILFE S.A.; Linked To: SBT S.A.; Linked To: G&G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.; Linked To: PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A.). TOVAR ZULETA, Jorge Eduardo; DOB 09 Oct 1964; POB Cali, Colombia; Cedula No. 79324921 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: INDUITEX LTDA.; Linked To: SBT S.A.). </sort> The following entities have been added to OFAC's SDN List: <sort> AVANTI JOYEROS E.U. (f.k.a. "ORLY OVADIA DE GUBEREK EMPRESA UNIPERSONAL"), Calle 17 No. 68D-52, Bogota, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 745957 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. BRACRO S.A., Panama City, Panama; RUC # 990805-1-534158 (Panama) [SDNTK]. C.I. CAFFEE VALORES S.A., Via Espana y Calle Elvira Mendez, Edificio Bank Boston, Piso 2, Panama City, Panama; Public Registration Number 467323, Doc. 694710 (Panama) [SDNTK]. C.I. DEL ISTMO S.A.S. (f.k.a. C.I. DEL ISTMO S.A.; f.k.a. COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL DEL ITSMO S.A.), Calle 100 No. 17A-36, Ofc. 705, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 9000144704 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 1461858 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. CHAPS INVESTMENT INC., Panama City, Panama; RUC # 63315-21-354702 (Panama) [SDNTK]. COLOMBO PERUANA DE TEJIDOS S.A. (a.k.a. COPETE S.A.), Calle 23A No. 69B-19, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8001711408 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 513540 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. COMERCIALIZADORA INTERNACIONAL ANDINA LIMITADA (a.k.a. COINTERANDINA), Calle 14 No. 64-56, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8605112278 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 183816 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. COMPANIA REAL DE PANAMA S.A., Panama City, Panama; RUC # 347674-1-417135 (Panama) [SDNTK]. CONSTRUCTORA NACIONAL DE PANAMA S.A., Panama City, Panama; RUC # 107196-1-379500 (Panama) [SDNTK]. FUNDACION ISSARA, Avenida Samuel Lewis y Calle Santa Rita, Edificio Plaza Obarrio, Piso 3, Oficina 308, Panama City, Panama; RUC # 1333398-1-28957 (Panama) [SDNTK]. G&G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S. (a.k.a. G Y G INTERNACIONAL S.A.S.; a.k.a. SEBASTIANO), Calle 100 No. 17A-36, Ofc. 705, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 9002981691 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 1910782 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 1237153 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 1730043 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 1816081 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. GUBEREK GRIMBERG E HIJOS Y CIA. S. EN C., Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8000609604 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. I&S HOLDING COMPANY, S.A. (a.k.a. I AND S HOLDING COMPANY, S.A.), Panama; RUC # 1199542-1-581763 (Panama) [SDNTK]. IMPAN-COL, S.A., Panama; RUC # 3058-123-47645 (Panama) [SDNTK]. INDUITEX LTDA., Avenida Libertadores, Bodega E-2, Zona Franca, Cucuta, Colombia; NIT # 9001451701 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. INVERSIONES GILFE S.A., AK 15 No. 93-60, LC 121, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8301317025 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 1326707 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. INVERSORA PANACOL S.A., Panama City, Panama; RUC # 720126-1-472906 (Panama) [SDNTK]. ISSA EMPRESA UNIPERSONAL (a.k.a. ISSA E.U.; f.k.a. SARA GRIMBERG DE GUBEREK EMPRESA UNIPERSONAL), Calle 17 No. 68D-52, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 8300486885 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 745969 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. ORBITAL HORIZONS CORP., Panama; RUC # 1196790-1-581234 (Panama) [SDNTK]. PROMESAS DEL FUTBOL COLOMBIANO S.A. (a.k.a. PROFUTCOL S.A.), Calle 83 No. 108-15, Bogota, Colombia; Celta Trade Park, Lote 41 Bodega 10, Km. 7 Autopista Bogota-Medellin, Funza, Cundinamarca, Colombia; NIT # 9002835705 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 1886854 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. SBT S.A., Calle 100 No. 17A-36 Oficina 803, Bogota, Colombia; Celta Trade Park, Lote 41 Bodega 10, Km. 7 Autopista Bogota-Medellin, Funza, Cundinamarca, Colombia; Website www.sebastianomoda.com; NIT # 8300350034 (Colombia); Matricula Mercantil No 816477 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. T.F.M.C. THE FOOD MANAGEMENT CORPORATION LTD, 3 Ha'avoda Street, Rosh HaAyin 48017, Israel; Commercial Registry Number 513174466 (Israel) [SDNTK]. </sort> OFAC Recent Actions


February 20, 2013 - Action Targets Colombian Drug Trafficking Organization Tied to the FARC

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Colombian national Jose Evaristo Linares Castillo as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Jose Evaristo Linares Castillo leads a Villavicencio, Colombia-based drug trafficking organization that oversees the manufacturing and air smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia and Venezuela, through Central America into Mexico, and then, ultimately, into the United States.

Through his partnership with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (the “FARC”), a U.S.-designated narco-terrorist organization, and previous relationships with major Colombian traffickers Daniel Barrera Barrera and Pedro Oliveiro Guerrero Castillo, Linares Castillo has become one of the largest cocaine sources for drug-laden aircraft departing from Apure, Venezuela to Central America. In Central America, Honduran and Guatemalan criminal organizations handle the logistics of receiving and transporting the drug loads out of Central America and into Mexico for further distribution to Mexican drug trafficking organizations such as Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. The Kingpin Act generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with this individual and freezes any assets the designee may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“The Linares Castillo organization is a significant source of supply for multiple violent drug cartels that exploit vulnerable Central American countries as key transit points for the shipment of narcotics into Mexico for further distribution into the United States,” said the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam J. Szubin. “We continue to aggressively target key transporters and logistic coordinators for one of the most strategic drug routes between Central and South America.”

Jose Evaristo Linares Castillo was arrested by Colombian authorities on May 25, 2012, and is currently pending extradition to the United States. He is charged in two separate U.S. district courts for drug trafficking and related offenses. On June 14, 2011, the Southern District of Florida issued a superseding indictment charging Linares Castillo with drug trafficking and multiple money laundering offenses. On July 5, 2012, the Southern District of New York issued a superseding indictment charging Linares Castillo with multiple drug trafficking, narco-terrorism and material support offenses.

Today's action would not have been possible without support from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorneys’ Offices in New York City and Miami. Since June 2000, the President has identified 97 drug kingpins, and OFAC has designated more than 1,200 businesses and individuals, pursuant to the Kingpin Act. 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.

The following individual has been added to OFAC's SDN List:

OFAC Recent Actions & US Department of the Treasury Press Release


January 30, 2013 - Treasury Sanctions Colombian Criminal Organization and Drug Lord - Action Targets Los Rastrojos Organization and Drug Lord Diego Perez Henao

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated the Colombian criminal organization, Los Rastrojos, and drug trafficker, Diego Perez Henao (alias “Diego Rastrojo”), as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). This action, taken pursuant to the Kingpin Act, generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with this individual and organization, and also freezes any assets either may have under U.S. jurisdiction.

“By targeting this violent criminal organization currently operating in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, we are taking steps to expose their activities and undermine their operations,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “OFAC will use these sanctions against key leaders and facilitators of this criminal organization so long as they continue their criminal behavior.”

Los Rastrojos emerged from the now extinct Cali and North Valle drug cartels in Colombia. It is a network of armed drug trafficking groups operating in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela that manufactures, transports, and protects cocaine loads as well as directs extortion and debt collections. Colombian authorities refer to criminal organizations like Los Rastrojos as “Bandas Criminales” or BACRIM, which are organized groups of drug traffickers as well as former paramilitary and guerrilla members of the United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Diego Perez Henao has been involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity for over twenty years; having started as a cocaine laboratory operator and then rising in notoriety due to his association with notable North Valle drug cartel leaders such as Wilber Varela, Jaime Alberto Marin Zamora, and the Calle Serna brothers, Javier Antonio and Luis Enrique, all previously designated as SDNTs by OFAC. Perez Henao operated Los Rastrojos drug trafficking organization throughout the North Valley region of Colombia, as well as the Pacific coastal regions of western Colombia. He was the main source of supply for numerous multi-ton loads of cocaine smuggled into the U.S., owning and coordinating airborne and maritime cocaine shipments destined for the U.S. through Venezuela to Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. He was arrested in June 2012 in Venezuela and extradited to Colombia in July 2012, where he is facing numerous criminal charges. In addition, a Federal Grand Jury in the Southern District of Florida has indicted Perez Henao; charging him with conspiring to manufacture and distribute cocaine into the U.S. Despite the June 2012 arrest of Perez Henao, Los Rastrojos still operates today.

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. 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 Los Rastrojos and Diego Perez Henao, click here - US Department of the Treasury Press Release


January 30, 2013 - Kingpin Act Designations​; Kingpin Act Designations​ Removals; Counter Narcotics Designation Removals

Specially Designated Nationals List Update

The following individual has been added to OFAC's SDN List:

The following entity has been added to OFAC's SDN List:

The following deletions have been made to OFAC's SDN List:

OFAC Recent Actions


December 19, 2012 - Kingpin Act Designation Removals​; Anti-Narcotics Designations Removals

The following deletions have been made to OFAC's SDN List:

OFAC Recent Actions

Major drug-producing or drug-transit country

September 15, 2011 - Under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FAA), the President is required each year to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug-producing countries or major drug-transit countries that significantly affect the United States. A country’s presence on the list does not necessarily reflect its counternarcotics efforts or its level of cooperation on illegal drug control with the United States. The designation can reflect a combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to be produced and/or trafficked through a country.

When a country on the list does not fulfill its obligations under international counter-narcotics agreements and conventions, the President determines that the country has failed demonstrably to meet its counterdrug obligations, only Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela, failed demonstrably. Such a designation can lead to sanctions. However, the President may also execute a waiver when he determines there is a vital national interest in continuing U.S. assistance. Even without such a waiver, humanitarian assistance and counternarcotics assistance may continue.

TCO

July 25, 2011 - President Obama has signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions against significant transnational criminal organizations (TCO's). The Order provides the United States with new tools to break the economic power of transnational organized crime and protect financial markets. It will assist the Administration’s efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the TCO's that pose a significant threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy or the economy.

As a result of this Order, any property in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons in which the significant TCO's listed in the Annex have an interest is blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

The Order also authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Departments of Justice and State, to identify for sanctions any individual or entity determined to have materially assisted, sponsored or provided financial, material or technological support for any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this Order.

The US encourage partners and allies to echo the commitment and join in building a new framework for international cooperation to protect all our citizens from the violence, harm and exploitation wrought by transnational organized crime.

In signing today’s Order, the President imposed sanctions on the following organizations listed:

More information on the Transnational Criminal Organizations page.


June 05, 2013 - Transnational Criminal Organizations Designations - Mara Salvatrucha Leaders aka MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha gang originated in Los Angeles and has spread to Central America, other parts of the United States, and Canada. It is commonly abbreviated as MS, Mara, and MS-13. There is some dispute about the etymology of the name. The most common belief is that the word "Mara" refers to the Spanish word for "gang", and "Salvatrucha" (which is Spanish slang) for "Salvadoran army ant". Alternatively, it is suggested that "Salvatrucha" refers to the Salvadoran peasant guerrillas, the source of much of the gang's early manpower. The number 13 is homage to the Los Angeles gang "Los Emes" or "The Ms"(M being the thirteenth letter of the alphabet). The gang was set up in Los Angeles in 1980's by Salvadoran immigrants in the city's Pico-Union neighborhood. Source: Urban Dictionary

Please visit this chart for more information on these designations.

The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: <sort> BERCIAN MANCHON, Moris Alexander (a.k.a. "EL BARNEY"); DOB 30 Oct 1984; POB San Salvador, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador (individual) [TCO]. CISNEROS RODRIGUEZ, Jose Misael (a.k.a. CISNEROS, Jose Misal; a.k.a. "HALF MILLION"; a.k.a. "MEDIO MLON"); DOB 02 Oct 1976; POB Agua Caliente, Chalatenango, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador (individual) [TCO]. HENRIQUEZ SOLORZANO, Borromeo Enrique (a.k.a. RIVERA ARIAS, Racson Mario; a.k.a. "EL DIABLITO"; a.k.a. "EL DIABLITO DE HOLLYWOOD"; a.k.a. "EL DIABLO"; a.k.a. "EL DIABLO PEQUENO"); DOB 27 Jul 1978; POB San Salvador, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador (individual) [TCO]. MONTERROSA-LARIOS, Marvin Geovanny (a.k.a. MONTERROSA-LARIOS, Marvin Jeovanny; a.k.a. "ENANO"); DOB 21 May 1974; POB San Miguel, San Miguel, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador (individual) [TCO]. RIVERA-LUNA, Moises Humberto (a.k.a. "SANTOS"; a.k.a. "VIEJO SANTOS"); DOB 23 May 1969; POB San Salvador, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador (individual) [TCO]. TURCIOS ANGEL, Saul Antonio (a.k.a. "EL TRECE"; a.k.a. "SHAYBOYS"); DOB 17 May 1978; POB Zaragoza, La Libertad, El Salvador; nationality El Salvador (individual) [TCO]. </sort> OFAC Recent Actions

US Foreign Terrorist Organizations

September 28, 2012 - Delisting of the Mujahedin-e Khalq - The Secretary of State has decided, consistent with the law, to revoke the designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. These actions are effective today. Property and interests in property in the United States or within the possession or control of U.S. persons will no longer be blocked, and U.S. entities may engage in transactions with the MEK without obtaining a license. These actions will be published in the Federal Register.

With today’s actions, the Department does not overlook or forget the MEK’s past acts of terrorism, including its involvement in the killing of U.S. citizens in Iran in the 1970s and an attack on U.S. soil in 1992. The Department also has serious concerns about the MEK as an organization, particularly with regard to allegations of abuse committed against its own members.

The Secretary’s decision today took into account the MEK’s public renunciation of violence, the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade, and their cooperation in the peaceful closure of Camp Ashraf, their historic paramilitary base.

The United States has consistently maintained a humanitarian interest in seeking the safe, secure, and humane resolution of the situation at Camp Ashraf, as well as in supporting the United Nations-led efforts to relocate eligible former Ashraf residents outside of Iraq.

US Department of State Press Release & OFAC Resource Center


September 21, 2012 - U.S. to remove Iran group (Mujahedin-e Khalq) from terror list, officials say WaPo News Item


Augustus 30, 2012 - Anti-Terrorism Designations (SDGT) - US designates eight Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders as terrorists, places sanctions

LET was designated by the Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and under E.O. 13224 as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity in December 2001. LET was added to the UN 1267/1989 Committee's Consolidated List – its list of sanctioned terrorists – in May 2005.

Despite being banned by the Government of Pakistan in January 2002, LET continues to operate in Pakistan and throughout the region and engage in or support terrorist activities worldwide. LET has conducted numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani, Indian, Afghan, and U.S. interests and is responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people, including six Americans, and the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings that killed more than 180 people.

All of the individuals designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224 were designated for acting on behalf of or providing support either to LET itself or to previously designated members of LET. Today’s action prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with these individuals and freezes any assets the designees have under U.S. jurisdiction.

The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List:

OFAC Recent Actions


May 24, 2012 - Terrorist Designations of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades

The Department of State designated the Abdallah Azzam Brigades (AAB) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. The Abdallah Azzam Brigades (AAB), a militant organization based in both Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula, was formed in 2009. AAB is led by Saleh al-Qar’awi, who was designated by the Department of State under E.O. 13224. The Department of State also designated AAB’s bomb maker, Abu Jabal, under E.O. 13224 on November 22, 2011.

AAB carried out a July 2010 attack on the Japanese-owned oil tanker M/V M.Star in the Strait of Hormuz. According to a statement released online, AAB claimed that the attack was carried out by its Arabian Peninsula Branch, which calls itself the Yusuf al-’Uyayri Battalions of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades. AAB has repeatedly articulated its intent to carry out attacks against Western interests in the Middle East. In 2010, for instance, the group expressed an interest in kidnapping U.S. and British tourists in the Arabian Peninsula.

In addition, AAB is responsible for numerous indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. These attacks, which have been launched from within Lebanon by the Ziyad al-Jarrah Battalions of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades, have targeted population centers in northern Israel.

The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against knowingly providing material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with, the Abdallah Azzam Brigades, and the freezing of all property and interest in property of the organization that are in the United States, or come within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons. The Department of State took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.

US Department of State Press Release


June 18, 2011 - Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.

More information on the US FTO page.

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