Last Friday, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the following persons:
PADROS DEGREGORI, Gino Dusan (a.k.a. PADROS DEGREGORI, Gino Dussan; a.k.a. “FLACO”), Lima, Peru; DOB 20 Oct 1977; alt. DOB 15 Oct 1977; POB Piura, Peru; citizen Peru; Gender Male; Passport 3096570 (Peru) issued 04 Jan 2005 expires 04 Jan 2010; alt. Passport 2395877 (Peru); RUC # 10068051059 (Peru); National ID No. 06805105-9 (Peru) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: R INVER CORP S.A.C.; Linked To: G & M AUTOS S.A.C.; Linked To: SBK IMPORT S.A.C.).ZEGARRA MARTINEZ, Guillermo Jean Pierre, Pasaje Ismael Pozo 159, Torres De San Borja, Lima, Peru; DOB 06 Jan 1984; POB Lima, Peru; Gender Male; Passport 4085740 (Peru) issued 12 Dec 2012 expires 17 Dec 2017; Driver’s License No. Q-412185038 (Peru); RUC # 10421850386 (Peru); National ID No. 42185038-6 (Peru) (individual) [SDNTK].
G & M AUTOS S.A.C. (a.k.a. G AND M AUTOS S.A.C.), Copacabana 162, La Molina, Lima 12, Peru; RUC # 20513664339 (Peru) [SDNTK].R INVER CORP S.A.C., Avenida Los Precursores Numero 288 Dpto. 203 Urb. Maranga (Piso 2), San Miguel, Lima, Peru; RUC # 20562939068 (Peru) [SDNTK].SBK IMPORT S.A.C., Calle Brigida Silva de Ochoa Numero 370, San Miguel, Lima, Peru; Avenida Los Precursores Numero 288, Urb. Maranga, San Miguel, Lima, Peru; RUC # 20520935461 (Peru) [SDNTK].
to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List under its counter narcotics sanctions program. And, for good measure, Treasury issued the following statement:
Treasury Sanctions Peru-Based International Drug Trafficker Gino Dusan Padros Degregori
Action Targets Drug Trafficker Operating in the Port of Callao and his Network
Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Peruvian national Gino Dusan Padros Degregori as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. OFAC also designated Peruvian national Guillermo Jean Pierre Zegarra Martinez, a key financial facilitator for Padros Degregori, for providing material assistance, support, or goods or services in support of the international narcotics trafficking activities of, and acting for or on behalf of, Padros Degregori. Three businesses in Lima, Peru, that are owned or controlled by Padros Degregori, were also designated. As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or otherwise dealing with these individuals and entities, and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.
“Treasury, in coordination with our law enforcement partners, continues to target and disrupt the activities of those who play a significant role in narcotics trafficking throughout the world,” said OFAC Director John E. Smith. “Today’s action highlights the increasing reach of Peruvian drug trafficking organizations that move significant amounts of cocaine to Europe and North America.”
Today’s OFAC designation was taken in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center.
Padros Degregori has been involved in narcotics trafficking for more than a decade, exploiting Lima’s Port of Callao to ship approximately 1,000-kilogram cocaine loads per month concealed in containerized cargo – including heavy machinery – to destinations in Western Europe, Mexico, and the United States. Padros Degregori has ties to Mexican drug trafficking organizations that maintain a strong presence in Peru, including the Sinaloa Cartel. He also launders millions in drug proceeds in U.S. dollars and euros back to Peru from both the United States and Europe. Zegarra Martinez travels to the United States and Europe where he supports the collection and laundering of narcotics proceeds destined for Peru on behalf of Padros Degregori.
The Peruvian businesses designated by OFAC are all owned, controlled, or directed by Padros Degregori. The Lima-based businesses include R Inver Corp S.A.C., a real estate and construction company; G & M Autos S.A.C., an automobile repair shop; and SBK Import S.A.C., an importer of automobiles, boats, and heavy machinery.
Since June 2000, more than 2,000 individuals and entities have been named pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in international narcotics trafficking. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1,437,153 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.