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April 11, 2022: OFAC adds to organized crime sanctions, updates Libya sanctions

Yesterday, OFAC added the following persons:

CLANCY, Bernard Patrick, 43 Senorio De Cortes, Estepona, Spain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 04 Sep 1977; POB Ireland; citizen Ireland; Gender Male; Passport PS0129975 (Ireland); alt. Passport PG7546744 (Ireland) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP). 

DIXON, Ian Thomas, Arabian Ranches 2, Street 2, Lila Community, Villa 80, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 17 Sep 1989; POB Dublin, Ireland; nationality Ireland; Gender Male; Passport PT5688467 (Ireland); alt. Passport PW7797470 (Ireland); Driver's License No. 177803 (United Arab Emirates); Identification Number 784198943250948 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 161995173 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 082093477 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 683129 (United Arab Emirates) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN, Daniel Joseph).

KINAHAN JUNIOR, Christopher Vincent (a.k.a. "CHRISTY JNR."), 1404 Iris Blue Building, Dubai Marina, P.O. Box 11850, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Calle Edificio El Noray, 2 Piso 1 B, Marbella, Spain; Urbanizacion Acosta Los Flamingos Golf, Bloque 82 D, Benahavis, Marbella, Spain; DOB 24 Sep 1980; alt. DOB 30 May 1981; POB Dublin, Ireland; nationality Ireland; citizen Ireland; Gender Male; Passport PW2418905 (Ireland); alt. Passport PT0298836 (Ireland); alt. Passport PN8384153 (Ireland); alt. Passport 512964060 (United Kingdom); Identification Number 784198027625874 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 166622091 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 077449510 (United Arab Emirates) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP).

KINAHAN, Christopher Vincent (a.k.a. "KINAHAN SENIOR, Christy"; a.k.a. "O'BRIEN, Christopher"; a.k.a. "THE DAPPER DON"), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Calle Muntaner 325, Planta 6, 4, Barcelona 08021, Spain; Calle Los Geranios, Villa Indelo N 244, San Pedro De Alcantara, Marbella, Spain; Urbanizacion Torre Bermeja, N 1501, Estepona, Spain; DOB 23 Mar 1957; alt. DOB 19 Nov 1952; alt. DOB 23 May 1957; POB Cabra, Ireland; alt. POB Perivale, Middlesex, United Kingdom; alt. POB London, United Kingdom; alt. POB Dublin, Ireland; nationality Ireland; citizen Ireland; Gender Male; Passport PD3265994 (Ireland); alt. Passport 094456153 (United Kingdom); alt. Passport 707265430 (United Kingdom); alt. Passport C181651D (United Kingdom); alt. Passport 701191749 (United Kingdom) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP).

KINAHAN, Daniel Joseph, 14 Palm Jumeirah, Dubai 378149, United Arab Emirates; Avda Juan Ramon Jimenez 2, Urbanizacion Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantaras, Malaga 29670, Spain; Calle Galicia No 71 A, Guadalmina Baja, Estepona, Spain; DOB 25 Jun 1977; alt. DOB 26 May 1979; POB Dublin, Ireland; nationality Ireland; citizen Ireland; alt. citizen United Kingdom; Gender Male; Passport PB1642995 (Ireland); alt. Passport PW1900911 (Ireland); alt. Passport P008448 (Ireland); alt. Passport PD4435945 (Ireland); alt. Passport 704043374 (United Kingdom); Identification Number 784197715087538 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 076822265 (United Arab Emirates); alt. Identification Number 195762701 (United Arab Emirates) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP).

MCGOVERN, Sean Gerard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; DOB 12 Feb 1986; POB Dublin, Ireland; nationality Ireland; citizen Ireland; Gender Male; Passport PJ2861371 (Ireland) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN, Daniel Joseph).

MORRISSEY, John Francis (a.k.a. "MORRISSEY, Johnny"), Dinamarca 46 B, Malaga, Spain; Marbella, Spain; DOB 20 Dec 1959; nationality Ireland; citizen Ireland; Gender Male; Passport W089513 (Ireland); alt. Passport PU8060632 (Ireland) (individual) [TCO] (Linked To: KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP).

and entities:

DUCASHEW GENERAL TRADING LLC, Boulevard Plaza Tower 2, Office No. 2101 and 2102, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai 454602, United Arab Emirates; Organization Established Date 10 Oct 2016; Dubai Chamber of Commerce Membership No. 276774 (United Arab Emirates); Company Number 767691 (United Arab Emirates) [TCO]. 

HOOPOE SPORTS LLC (f.k.a. HOOPOE BUSINESS BROKERS LLC; f.k.a. HOOPOE SPORTS AGENT L.L.C.), Office No. 2101 and 2102, 21st Floor, Emaar Boulevard Plaza, Tower 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Organization Established Date 17 May 2017; Dubai Chamber of Commerce Membership No. 289666 (United Arab Emirates); Commercial Registry Number 1286684 (United Arab Emirates); Company Number 782807 (United Arab Emirates) [TCO].

KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP (a.k.a. KINAHAN ORGANISED CRIME GROUP; a.k.a. "KOCG"), Ireland; United Kingdom; Spain; Netherlands; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Target Type Criminal Organization [TCO].

NERO DRINKS COMPANY LIMITED (a.k.a. NERO DRINKS COMPANY SL; a.k.a. NERO VODKA), 15 Cumbernauld Road, Stepps, Glasgow, Scotland G33 6LE, United Kingdom; Unit 20310, PO Box 6945, London W1A 6US, United Kingdom; C Dinamarca 46 B, Urbanizacion Faro De Calaburra, Mijas, Spain; Tax ID No. B93681724 (Spain); Company Number SC591051 (United Kingdom) [TCO].

to its Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) sanctions program, and updated the following existing Libya sanctions listings:

AL-WADI, Faysal (a.k.a. WADI, Faisal Mohamed M), Malta; DOB 15 Dec 1978; alt. DOB 15 Dec 1976; POB Libya; nationality Libya; Gender Male; National ID No. 037956A (Malta) (individual) [LIBYA3]. -to- AL-WADI, Faysal (a.k.a. WADI, Faisal Mohamed M; a.k.a. WADY, Faisl Mohamed), Malta; DOB 15 Dec 1978; alt. DOB 15 Dec 1976; POB Libya; nationality Libya; Gender Male; Passport 530037 (Libya); National ID No. 037956A (Malta) (individual) [LIBYA3]. 

MUSBAH, Nourddin Milood M, Malta; Cyprus; Ben Ashoor, Tripoli, Libya; DOB 02 Sep 1974; nationality Libya; Gender Male; Passport 998635 (Libya) (individual) [LIBYA3]. -to- MUSBAH, Nourddin Milood M (a.k.a. MOHAMED, Nour Addin Meloud), Malta; Cyprus; Ben Ashoor, Tripoli, Libya; DOB 02 Sep 1974; nationality Libya; Gender Male; Passport 998635 (Libya); alt. Passport PK31LZK9 (Libya) (individual) [LIBYA3].

WADI, Musbah Mohamad M, Malta; Cyprus; Omar Almohar, Tripoli, Libya; DOB 12 Jul 1993; POB Libya; nationality Libya; Gender Male; Passport 524945 (Libya) (individual) [LIBYA3]. -to- WADI, Musbah Mohamad M (a.k.a. WADY, Mosbah Mohamed), Malta; Cyprus; Omar Almohar, Tripoli, Libya; DOB 12 Jul 1993; POB Libya; nationality Libya; Gender Male; Passport 524945 (Libya); alt. Passport RL2957C0 (Libya) (individual) [LIBYA3].

And Treasury issued a press release:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions Notorious Kinahan Organized Crime Group

April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG) along with seven of its key members, including its Irish leaders Christopher Vincent Kinahan Senior, Daniel Joseph Kinahan, Christopher Vincent Kinahan Junior, and three associated businesses pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” as amended. Today’s action is the result of close collaboration between OFAC, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ireland’s national police force (An Garda Síochána), the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation.

“The Kinahan Organized Crime Group smuggles deadly narcotics, including cocaine, to Europe, and is a threat to the entire licit economy through its role in international money laundering,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “Criminal groups like the KOCG prey on the most vulnerable in society and bring drug-related crime and violence, including murder, to the countries in which they operate. Treasury is proud to have coordinated so closely with our international counterparts, and the U.S. government will continue to use every available resource to dismantle these criminal networks.”

KINAHAN ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP

The KOCG, which operates in Ireland and is also established in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, was designated as a significant transnational criminal organization. The KOCG emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the most powerful organized crime group operating in Ireland. Since then, Irish courts have concluded that the KOCG is a murderous organization involved in the international trafficking of drugs and firearms. Criminal activities of the KOCG, including international money laundering, generate proceeds in the United Kingdom, which are then pooled together and passed to local criminals before being handed to Irish organized crime group members and laundered out of the United Kingdom. The KOCG also frequently uses Dubai as a facilitation hub for its illicit activities. Since February 2016, the KOCG has been involved in a gang war with another group in Ireland and Spain, resulting in numerous murders, including of two innocent bystanders.

THE KINAHAN FAMILY

Irish national Christopher Vincent Kinahan Senior (Christopher Sr.), currently based in Dubai, was designated for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the KOCG. Demonstrative of a long history of criminality, Christopher Sr. has served prison sentences in Ireland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, including: six years for dealing heroin, two-and-a-half years for possession of cocaine, and four years for money laundering. During this time he was building a list of contacts that grew to what became known as the KOCG. Christopher Sr.’s sons, Daniel Kinahan and Christopher Jr., now manage his drug trafficking operations while Christopher Sr. oversees the property portions of the enterprise. For example, Christopher Sr. has registered a number of companies under aliases or using abbreviations of his name. Christopher Sr. has been known to have used false identity documents.

Irish national Daniel Joseph Kinahan (Daniel Kinahan), currently based in Dubai, was designated for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the KOCG. Each member of the KOCG reports to Daniel Kinahan, who is believed to run the day-to-day operations of the organization. Daniel Kinahan has instructed KOCG members to send money to a variety of individuals serving prison sentences, including a person convicted of attempted murder on behalf of the KOCG, and an individual imprisoned for murder on behalf of the KOCG. Daniel Kinahan, who sources large quantities of cocaine from South America, plays an integral part in organizing the supply of drugs in Ireland, and is attempting to facilitate the importation of cocaine into the United Kingdom. Daniel Kinahan is known to have used false identity documents.   

Irish national Christopher Vincent Kinahan Junior (Christopher Jr.), currently based in Dubai, was designated for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the KOCG. Christopher Jr. regularly contributes to a fund that is used to pay KOCG members. Additionally, Christopher Jr. responds to directives from Daniel Kinahan and has collaborated with other members of the KOCG to transport and sell narcotics in the United Kingdom. Christopher Jr. was also caught travelling with a false identity document in Germany.

KINAHAN ASSOCIATES 

Irish national Sean Gerard McGovern (Sean McGovern), currently based in Dubai, was designated for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Daniel Kinahan. McGovern is Daniel Kinahan’s advisor and closest confidant, and evidence indicates that all dealings with Daniel Kinahan go through Sean McGovern. Sean McGovern also has managed communications on behalf of Daniel Kinahan, and he sells multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine.

Irish national Ian Thomas Dixon (Ian Dixon), currently based in Dubai, was designated for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Daniel Kinahan. Ian Dixon has arranged multiple payments on behalf of Daniel Kinahan, as well as moved bulk currency on behalf of Daniel Kinahan in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Ian Dixon also oversees a fund on behalf of Daniel Kinahan and keeps track of money owed by a narcotics trafficker.

Irish national Bernard Patrick Clancy (Bernard Clancy), currently based in Dubai, was designated for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the KOCG. Bernard Clancy is a key KOCG lieutenant, who, among other duties, is tasked by Daniel Kinahan with providing wages to elements within the KOCG and payments to others.

Irish national John Francis Morrissey (John Morrissey), currently based in Spain, was designated for materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the KOCG. John Morrissey has worked for the KOCG for several years, including as an enforcer, and facilitates international drug shipments for the organization from South America. John Morrissey is also involved in money laundering.

Nero Drinks Company Limited (Nero Drinks) is a UK-based alcoholic beverage company. Nero Drinks was designated for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, John Morrissey. John Morrissey, who outwardly serves as the Nero Drinks’ brand ambassador, is heavily invested in Nero Drinks and has given a significant portion of the business to Daniel Kinahan to compensate for loads of drugs seized by law enforcement. John Morrissey controls and operates Nero Drinks through his wife, the primary shareholder, who is used as a frontperson for his interests.

Hoopoe Sports LLC (Hoopoe Sports) is a UAE-based sports management and advisory company. Hoopoe Sports was designated for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Ian Dixon. Ian Dixon is a 49 percent shareholder, and he also receives 80 percent of Hoopoe Sports’ profits. Ian Dixon is the sole manager of Hoopoe Sports and has full executive power over the company.

Ducashew General Trading LLC (Ducashew) is a UAE-based business management consulting company. Ducashew was designated for being owned or controlled by, directly or indirectly, Daniel Kinahan. Daniel Kinahan runs Ducashew through various individuals and is involved in its financial and business management.

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS 

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of the designated individuals or entities that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or persons within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. U.S. persons may face civil or criminal penalties for violations of E.O. 13581 as amended or the Transnational Criminal Organizations Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 590.

U.S. sanctions need not be permanent; sanctions are intended to bring about a positive change of behavior. Consistent with the findings of Treasury’s 2021 Sanctions Review, the removal of sanctions is available for persons designated under OFAC’s Transnational Criminal Organizations sanctions authorities who demonstrate a material change in behavior. For detailed information on the process to submit a request for removal from an OFAC sanctions list, please visit here and refer to OFAC’s Frequently Asked Question 897. Additional information regarding sanctions programs administered by OFAC can be found here.

and a press chart:

Links:

OFAC Notice

Press Release – Treasury

Press Chart

Categories: Libya Sanctions OFAC Updates Organized Crime Sanctions Sanctions Lists

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