OFAC’s Valentine’s Day: more drug traffickers, and fewer, too [UPDATED]

On Wednesday, OFAC added the following persons: 

GARCIA ROJAS, Javier (a.k.a. “EL PARIENTE”; a.k.a. “MARACUYA”), Medellin, Colombia; DOB 27 Oct 1960; POB Florencia, Caqueta, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Gender Male; Cedula No. 12971151 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: AGROCONSTRUCCIONES LAS PALMERAS S.A.S.; Linked To: MMAG AGRICULTURA GLOBAL S.A.S.). 
 
GARCIA ROJAS, Ruth, Colombia; DOB 20 Dec 1967; POB Puerto Asis, Putumayo, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Gender Female; Cedula No. 31971911 (Colombia); Tarjeta Profesional 186785 (Abogado) (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: INVERSORA PINZON Y GARCIA S. EN C.S. EN LIQUIDACION). 
 
HERNANDEZ DURANGO, Wilton Cesar, Medellin, Colombia; DOB 10 Dec 1974; POB Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; citizen Colombia; Gender Male; Cedula No. 70326525 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: EUROMECANICA). 
 

and entities: 

AGROCONSTRUCCIONES LAS PALMERAS S.A.S., Carrera 43 A 1 Sur 220 Interior 706, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; NIT # 900609147-4 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. 
 
EUROMECANICA, Calle 44 74 83, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 21-573208-02 (Medellin) [SDNTK]. 
 
INVERSORA PINZON Y GARCIA S. EN C.S. EN LIQUIDACION (a.k.a. INVERSORA PINZON Y GARCIA S. EN C.S.), Cl. 15A Nro. 106 13 13 Casa, Cali, Valle, Colombia; Cl. 15A Nro. 106 13 13C, Cali, Valle, Colombia; NIT # 805024080-3(Colombia) [SDNTK]. 
 
MMAG AGRICULTURA GLOBAL S.A.S. (f.k.a. JAVIER GARCIA ROJAS E.U.; a.k.a. MAG AGRICULTURA GLOBAL S.A.S.), Carrera 43 A 1 Sur 220 Oficina 706, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; NIT # 813003117-6 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

to their counter narcotics trafficking sanctions program – while removing the following:

GRAJALES LONDONO, Lina Maria, c/o AGRONILO S.A., Toro, Valle, Colombia; c/o HEBRON S.A., Tulua, Valle, Colombia; c/o HOTEL LOS VINEDOS, La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o JOSAFAT S.A., Tulua, Valle, Colombia; c/o SALIM S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o CITICAR LTDA., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o CONFECCIONES LINA MARIA LTDA., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o DOXA S.A., La Union, Valle, Colombia; c/o GBS TRADING S.A., Cali, Colombia; c/o L.G.R. E.U., Cali, Colombia; DOB 13 Mar 1979; POB Bogota, Colombia; Cedula No. 29567575 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
BEDOYA VELEZ, Jose Roberto, c/o TECNICAR DIAGNOSTICENTRO S.A., Envigado, Colombia; Carrera 28 No. 16-85, Casa 12, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; DOB 10 Oct 1960; POB Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; nationality Colombia; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 15256905 (Colombia); Passport AI406455 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNT]. 
 
BALLEN SOLANO, Manuel Humberto, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 22 Sep 1956; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 19295921 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
JIMENEZ URREGO, Carmen Rosa, c/o FIMESA DE COLOMBIA S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o C.I. STONES AND BYPRODUCTS TRADING S.A., Bogota, Colombia; c/o PROMOTORA DE MATERIAS PRIMAS ORGANICAS DEL TOLIMA LTDA, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 23 Aug 1965; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 51788462 (Colombia); Passport AI822940 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
JIMENEZ URREGO, Jorge Enrique, Bogota, Colombia; DOB 13 Jan 1957; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 73073242 (Colombia); Passport AK353217 (Colombia); alt. Passport AJ096613 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
PROMOTORA DE MATERIAS PRIMAS ORGANICAS DEL TOLIMA LTDA (a.k.a. PROMATOL LTDA), Calle 24 D Bis No. 73C-03, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 900081489-9 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. 
 
PROMATOL LTDA (a.k.a. PROMOTORA DE MATERIAS PRIMAS ORGANICAS DEL TOLIMA LTDA), Calle 24 D Bis No. 73C-03, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 900081489-9 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. 
 
C.I. STONES AND BYPRODUCTS TRADING S.A., Transversal 14 No. 119-67 Interior 4, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 830003485-3 (Colombia) [SDNTK]. 
 
FIMESA DE COLOMBIA S.A., Transversal 14 No. 119-67 Interior 4, Oficina 203, Bogota, Colombia; NIT # 830129115-5(Colombia) [SDNTK]. 
 
YOUSSEF, Ziad Mohamad, Lebanon; DOB 22 Sep 1976; POB West Bekaa, Baaloul, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon; citizen Lebanon (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
YOUSSEF, Ismael Mohammed (a.k.a. YOUSSEF ABDALLAH, Ismael; a.k.a. YOUSSEF, Ismail Mohammad), Lebanon; DOB 12 Sep 1979; POB Santa Marta, Colombia; alt. POB Lebanon; nationality Colombia; alt. nationality Lebanon; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 17900973 (Colombia); Passport AF038564 (Colombia); alt. Passport AK037837 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
YOUSSEF, Ismail Mohammad (a.k.a. YOUSSEF ABDALLAH, Ismael; a.k.a. YOUSSEF, Ismael Mohammed), Lebanon; DOB 12 Sep 1979; POB Santa Marta, Colombia; alt. POB Lebanon; nationality Colombia; alt. nationality Lebanon; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 17900973 (Colombia); Passport AF038564 (Colombia); alt. Passport AK037837 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
YOUSSEF ABDALLAH, Ismael (a.k.a. YOUSSEF, Ismael Mohammed; a.k.a. YOUSSEF, Ismail Mohammad), Lebanon; DOB 12 Sep 1979; POB Santa Marta, Colombia; alt. POB Lebanon; nationality Colombia; alt. nationality Lebanon; citizen Colombia; Cedula No. 17900973 (Colombia); Passport AF038564 (Colombia); alt. Passport AK037837 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]. 
 
ZONA LIBRE INTERNATIONAL MARKET S.A., Colon, Panama; RUC # 66161-20-363386 (Panama) [SDNTK]. 
 
PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. ALBERCAS E HIDROMASAJE PISCILANEA; a.k.a. ALBERCAS Y TINAS BARCELONA), Provenza Center, Av. Lopez Mateos No. 5565, Loc 23, Col. Santa Anita, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco 45645, Mexico; R.F.C. PIS090915KS1 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
ALBERCAS Y TINAS BARCELONA (a.k.a. ALBERCAS E HIDROMASAJE PISCILANEA; a.k.a. PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V.), Provenza Center, Av. Lopez Mateos No. 5565, Loc 23, Col. Santa Anita, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco 45645, Mexico; R.F.C. PIS090915KS1 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
ALBERCAS E HIDROMASAJE PISCILANEA (a.k.a. ALBERCAS Y TINAS BARCELONA; a.k.a. PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V.), Provenza Center, Av. Lopez Mateos No. 5565, Loc 23, Col. Santa Anita, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco 45645, Mexico; R.F.C. PIS090915KS1 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Ruben, Av. Arcos 960, Colonia Jardines del Bosque, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 14 Jul 1964; POB Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. SAGR640714-882 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SAGR640714HJCNNB02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CARIATIDE GRUPO INMOBILIARIO, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
PADRO PASTOR, Alvaro; DOB 09 Nov 1975; nationality Spain; R.F.C. PAPA751109870 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. PAPA751109HNEDSL04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CASA V; Linked To: PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
CASA V, Av. Vallarta 1339, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico [SDNTK]. 
 
CARIATIDE GRUPO INMOBILIARIO, S.A. DE C.V., Av. Vallarta No. 3216, Col. Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44690, Mexico; R.F.C. CGI0501197ST (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CASTRO MONTOTO, Norman Douglas; DOB 06 Jul 1962; citizen Panama; Passport 1871296 (Panama) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: WAKED MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATION).

UPDATE: And Treasury issued the following press release about the new designations:

Treasury Targets Colombians Linked to Oficina de Envigado Crime Boss Under Kingpin Act 

 
FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Action Targets Individuals Working to Undermine Law Enforcement Investigations

Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated longtime Colombian criminal Javier Garcia Rojas (alias “Maracuya”) and two other Colombian nationals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for their links to previously designated SDNTs Jose Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos and the Colombian criminal group La Oficina de Envigado (La Oficina).  OFAC also designated four Colombian companies owned, controlled, or directed by the individuals designated today.  As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or otherwise dealing with these individuals and companies, and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are blocked. 

“Treasury is targeting Colombian nationals, including Javier Garcia Rojas, under the Kingpin Act for their attempts to undermine joint U.S.-Colombian investigations into the criminal activities of La Oficina and Jose Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.  “We are intent on disrupting the narcotics trafficking and illicit activities of organized crime groups like La Oficina, and work closely with our partners in the DEA, FBI, and U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement to dismantle their corrupt networks.”
Today’s designation is OFAC’s eighth action targeting individuals and entities associated with La Oficina, which was designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act on June 26, 2014.  Nearly two years later, on May 3, 2016, OFAC designated Jose Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos (Piedrahita Ceballos) for his ties to La Oficina.  In addition to its direct involvement in narcotics trafficking, La Oficina is complicit in a variety of illicit activities including money laundering, extortion, and murder for hire. 

OFAC’s action today follows the arrest of Piedrahita Ceballos by Colombian authorities on September 29, 2017 on a provisional U.S. arrest warrant for charges of conspiracy, honest services fraud, and obstruction of justice in the Southern District of Florida stemming from his participation in a bribery scheme that resulted in the dismissal of a 1990s indictment filed in that same district against Piedrahita Ceballos and other Colombia-based cocaine traffickers of the Cali Cartel.

Two of the individuals designated today, Javier Garcia Rojas and Ruth Garcia Rojas, are siblings and longtime criminal partners of Piedrahita Ceballos.  Javier Garcia Rojas is a former narcotics trafficking partner of Piedrahita Ceballos who also serves as a money launderer and financier of La Oficina.  Ruth Garcia Rojas is an attorney who assists her brother Javier in laundering and managing his illicit assets.  The third individual designated today, an employee of Piedrahita Ceballos named Wilton Cesar Hernandez Durango, is a former Colombian law enforcement official who works in coordination with Javier and Ruth Garcia Rojas to disrupt Colombian efforts to investigate Piedrahita Ceballos. 

The four companies designated by OFAC today include two Medellin, Colombia-based agricultural businesses owned by Javier Garcia Rojas – Agroconstrucciones Las Palmeras S.A.S. and MMAG Agricultural Global S.A.S. – as well as an investment company controlled by Ruth Garcia Rojas called Pinzon & Garcia S. En C.S., based in the city of Cali, Colombia.  Also designated today is a small automotive repair business in Medellin, Colombia called Euromecanica, owned by Wilton Cesar Hernandez Durango. 

Today’s action is the result of close coordination between OFAC, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and with the Government of Colombia.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Miami Field Office also provided invaluable operational support to the investigation leading to these designations.
 
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.

 

And provided a chart of the parties.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

Tressury Chart 

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