August 20, 2019: OFAC designates a trough of Kingpins

Yesterday, OFAC added the following people:

CASTRO CORDERO, Natanael, Dominican Republic; DOB 08 Nov 1982; POB Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-1481029-4 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK]. 

 

DEL ROSARIO PUENTE, Ramon Antonio (a.k.a. “TONO LENA” (Latin: “TOÑO LEÑA”)), Dominican Republic; DOB 13 Sep 1968; POB Guaymate, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 026-0027057-9 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CESAR PERALTA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 

 

FERNANDEZ CONCEPCION, Carlos Ariel, Dominican Republic; DOB 14 Jan 1973; POB Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-1217345-5 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK]. 

 

FERNANDEZ FLAQUER, Kelvin Enrique (a.k.a. “COTTO”), Dominican Republic; DOB 06 Dec 1977; POB Higuey, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 026-0088747-1 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CESAR PERALTA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 

 

JAQUEZ ARAUJO, Yadher Rafael (a.k.a. “JAKE MATE”; a.k.a. “JAQUE MATE”), Dominican Republic; DOB 15 Oct 1985; POB Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-1733889-7(Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK]. 

 

PERALTA, Cesar Emilio (a.k.a. “EL ABUSADOR”), Dominican Republic; DOB 30 Jan 1975; POB Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-0972783-4 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: INKUORTYN FIVE SRL; Linked To: SUPLINKA SRL; Linked To: FLOW GALLERY LOUNGE SRL; Linked To: UNLIMITED DANCE DISCOTECA SRL). 

 

SANCHEZ NOLASCO, Boarnerges (a.k.a. “WARNEL”), Dominican Republic; DOB 02 Jul 1976; POB Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-1595659-1 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CESAR PERALTA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 

 

URENA MARTINEZ, Jhonan Alexander (Latin: UREÑA MARTINEZ, Jhonan Alexander), Dominican Republic; DOB 14 May 1987; POB Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-1871175-3 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CESAR PERALTA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: BARBARO RECORDS SRL). 

 

VALDEZ GARCIA, Bernardo Antonio (a.k.a. “PAPI CRIS”), Dominican Republic; DOB 31 Jan 1975; POB San Cristobal, Dominican Republic; nationality Dominican Republic; Gender Male; Cedula No. 001-1856559-7 (Dominican Republic) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CESAR PERALTA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: SOLUGA SOLUCIONES GASTRONOMICAS SRL).

and entities:

BARBARO RECORDS SRL (a.k.a. BARBARO RECORDS), Calle 34, Local No. 10, Los Cachorros, Cristo Rey, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic; Tax ID No. 131-48344-5 (Dominican Republic) [SDNTK]. 

 

CESAR PERALTA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. “PERALTA DTO”), Dominican Republic [SDNTK]. 

 

FLOW GALLERY LOUNGE SRL (a.k.a. FLOW GALLERY LOUNGE), Calle Juan de Morfa 87, Villa Consuelo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Tax ID No. 131-42317-5 (Dominican Republic) [SDNTK]. 

 

INKUORTYN FIVE SRL (a.k.a. LA KUORA TERRAZA; a.k.a. LA TERRAZA DE LA KUORA; a.k.a. “LA KUORA”), Calle La Guardia No. 25, Villa Consuelo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Tax ID No. 131-45973-2 (Dominican Republic) [SDNTK]. 

 

SOLUGA SOLUCIONES GASTRONOMICAS SRL (a.k.a. “AL PANINO”), Av. Abraham Lincoln, Plaza Andalucia II, Primera Planta, Local Comercial 49-A y 50-A, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic; Tax ID No. 131-63920-8 (Dominican Republic) [SDNTK]. 

 

SUPLINKA SRL (a.k.a. “VIP ROOM”), Av. Abraham Lincoln Esq. Independencia, Zona Universitaria, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Tax ID No. 131-40246-1 (Dominican Republic) [SDNTK]. 

 

UNLIMITED DANCE DISCOTECA SRL (a.k.a. “AQUA CLUB”), Av. Ortega y Gasset No. 95, Cristo Rey, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Av. Ortega y Gasset 91 Esq. Felix Evaristo Mejia, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Tax ID No. 131-28035-8 (Dominican Republic) [SDNTK].

to its counter narcotics trafficking sanctions program.

And Treasury had something to say about all this:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Designates Dominican Republic-Based Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization Under the Kingpin Act

Action targets network of nightclubs and front persons used for money laundering and human trafficking

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Dominican national Cesar Emilio Peralta and the Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization (Peralta DTO) as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  OFAC designated eight additional Dominican nationals for providing material support to, or acting for or on behalf of, Cesar Emilio Peralta and the Peralta DTO.  OFAC also designated six entities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, including a number of nightclubs owned or controlled by Cesar Emilio Peralta. 

“Cesar Emilio Peralta and his criminal organization have used violence and corruption in the Dominican Republic to traffic tons of cocaine and opioids into the United States and Europe.  Treasury is targeting these Dominican drug kingpins, their front persons, and the nightclubs they have used to launder money and traffic women,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.  “This Administration continues to systematically target strategically important drug kingpins and cartels fueling our country’s opioid epidemic.”

Cesar Emilio Peralta (Peralta) is a Dominican drug kingpin with a lengthy criminal record for his involvement in narcotics trafficking and violence.  From their base of operations in Santo Domingo, Peralta and the Peralta DTO coordinate the transshipment of ton-quantities of cocaine and significant quantities of opioids through the Dominican Republic and onward to consumer markets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe.  Dominican nationals Ramon Antonio del Rosario Puente (a.k.a. “Toño Leña) and Kelvin Enrique Fernandez Flaquer (a.k.a. “Cotto”), both major Dominican drug traffickers in their own right, were also designated today for their support to Peralta and the Peralta DTO.  Del Rosario Puente was arrested in May 2018 by Colombian authorities and is currently awaiting extradition to the United States on charges of narcotics trafficking conspiracy.

Peralta and the Peralta DTO also coordinate the shipment of the bulk currency proceeds of these narcotics trafficking activities from the United States, as well as the subsequent laundering of these proceeds in the Dominican Republic.  A primary avenue for the laundering of these proceeds is a series of nightclubs in Santo Domingo, all owned or controlled by Peralta through front persons.  These nightclubs, which are among the entities designated today, include VIP Room, Flow Gallery Lounge, Aqua Club, and La Kuora.  Peralta reportedly employs women trafficked from Colombia and Venezuela at these nightclubs.  The OFAC action also targets Yader Rafael Jaquez Araujo (a music promoter who uses the name “Jake Mate”) and Carlos Ariel Fernandez Concepcion, a former Dominican military officer, who play a role in managing and promoting the nightclubs owned by Peralta.

OFAC closely coordinated with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to execute today’s action pursuant to the Kingpin Act.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury is committed to countering criminal networks that engage in human trafficking and is a member of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF).

As a result of today’s action, all assets in which these persons have an interest in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.  OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of blocked persons.

Since June 2000, more than 2,100 entities and individuals 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 $1,466,485 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 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.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Department Press Release

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