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  August 9, 2019
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Lebanese businessman tied by Treasury Department to Hezbollah is sentenced to prison for money laundering scheme involving the evasion of U.S. sanctions

 

WASHINGTON – The operator of a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa, whom the United States Department of the Treasury designated as a financier of Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to forfeit $50 million by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia.

 

Kassim Tajideen, 63, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in furtherance of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). In 2009, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Tajideen as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist based on his tens of millions of dollars of financial support of Hezbollah. The designation prohibited Tajideen from being involved in, or benefiting from, transactions involving U.S. persons or companies without a license from the Department of the Treasury.

 

“This defendant knowingly violated sanctions and put our nation’s security at risk,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division.  “His sentencing and the $50 million forfeiture in this case are just the latest public examples of the Department of Justice’s ongoing efforts to disrupt and dismantle Hezbollah and its support networks.”

 

Tajideen’s case falls under the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Project Cassandra, which targets Hezbollah’s global criminal support network, which operates as a logistics, procurement and financing arm for Hezbollah. This investigation and others are part of the Department of Justice’s Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team. The HFNT was formed in January 2018 to ensure an aggressive and coordinated approach to prosecutions and investigations, including Project Cassandra cases, targeting the individuals and networks supporting Hezbollah. Comprised of experienced international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money laundering prosecutors and investigators, the HFNT works closely with partners like the DEA, the Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others, to advance and facilitate prosecutions of Hezbollah and its support network in appropriate cases.

 

“This is the latest example of the DEA’s success against Hezbollah’s global criminal support network and our commitment to interagency collaboration in combatting the overall threat posed by this transnational criminal organization,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Special Operations Division Michael J. Machak.

 

“Today’s sentencing highlights our efforts to prosecute those who violate sanctions meant to stem the flow of money to terrorists groups,” said U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia. “Our message to those who violate sanctions is that you will be found, and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

 

According to the statement of facts signed by Tajideen in conjunction with his plea, after his designation, Tajideen conspired with at least five other persons to conduct over $50 million in transactions with U.S. businesses that violated these prohibitions. In addition, Tajideen and his co-conspirators knowingly engaged in transactions outside of the United States, which involved transmissions of as much as $1 billion through the United States financial system from places outside the United States.

 

This case was investigated by DEA SOD’s Counter Narcoterrorism Operations Center and the DEA New Jersey Field Division, with support from the Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center/Counter Network Division, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division.

 

The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph Palazzo of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas A. Gillice, Luke Jones, Karen Seifert and Deborah Curtis and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline L. Barkett of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

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Lebanese businessman tied by Treasury Department to Hezbollah pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy in furtherance of violations of U.S. sanctions

WASHINGTON – Kassim Tajideen, the operator of a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa whom the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated as an important financial supporter to the Hezbollah terror organization, pleaded guilty today to charges associated with evading U.S. sanctions imposed on him.

The announcement was made by Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers; U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia; Special Agent in Charge Raymond Donovan of DEA’s Special Operations Division; Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson of the DEA’s New Jersey Field Division, and Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Tajideen, 63, of Beirut, Lebanon, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, in furtherance of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Tajideen was designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2009 as a result of his provision of significant financial support to Hezbollah, which was named a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Department of State. This designation prohibited Tajideen from being involved in, or benefiting from transactions, involving U.S. persons or companies without a license from the Department of the Treasury.

“This Department of Justice has put a target on Hezbollah,” Acting Attorney General Whitaker said. “In January, we started the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team, and in October, former Attorney General Sessions named Hezbollah one of the five priority organizations for our Transnational Organized Crime Task Force. The DEA worked for three years to bring this prosecution of a Treasury Department-designated terrorist for sanctions violations to successful completion. I want to thank the prosecutors and agents Trial Attorney Joseph Palazzo and AUSAs Thomas Gillice, Luke Jones, Karen Seifert, Deborah Curtis, and SAUSA Jacqueline Barkett for helping us achieve this victory today. We are going to keep targeting Hezbollah and other terrorist groups and their supporters, and we are going to keep winning.”

“This guilty plea demonstrates our commitment to vigorously investigate and prosecute violations of U.S. economic sanctions,” said U.S. Attorney Liu. “Through the efforts of law enforcement here and abroad, this defendant has been held accountable for violating laws protecting our national security and foreign policy interests.”

“This is the latest example of DEA’s recent successes against Hezbollah’s global criminal support network and reflects DEA’s determination in combatting this transnational criminal organization,” said Special Agent in Charge Donovan.

According to the statement of facts signed by Tajideen in conjunction with his plea, after his designation, Tajideen conspired with at least five other persons to conduct over $50 million in transactions with U.S. businesses that violated these prohibitions. In addition, Tajideen and his co-conspirators knowingly engaged in transactions outside of the United States, which involved transmissions of as much as $1 billion through the United States financial system from places outside the United States.

The plea, which is contingent upon the court’s approval, calls for an agreed-upon sentence of 60 months in prison. The plea agreement also calls for Tajideen to pay $50 million as a criminal forfeiture in advance of his sentencing. Tajideen has been detained since extradition to the United States in March 2017 after his arrest overseas. Sentencing is scheduled to occur on Jan. 18, 2019.

This guilty plea is the result of a three-year investigation by the DEA’s Special Operations Division/Counter Narcoterrorism Operations Center and the DEA New Jersey Field Division, with the assistance by CBP. Assistance was provided by the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Tajideen’s case falls under DEA’s Project Cassandra, which targets Hezbollah’s global criminal support network – dubbed by the DEA as the Business Affairs Component – that operates as a logistics, procurement and financing arm for Hezbollah. This investigation and others are part of the Department of Justice’s Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team, a component of the Department’s Transnational Organized Crime initiative. The HFNT was formed in January 2018 to ensure an aggressive and coordinated approach to prosecutions and investigations, including Project Cassandra cases, targeting the individuals and networks supporting Hezbollah. Comprised of experienced international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money laundering prosecutors and investigators, the HFNT works closely with partners like the DEA, the Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among others, to advance and facilitate prosecutions of Hezbollah and its support network in appropriate cases.

This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the DEA and CPB’s National Targeting Center Counter Network Division, with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Joseph Palazzo of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas A. Gillice, Luke Jones, Karen Seifert and Deborah Curtis and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline L. Barkett of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Yesterday, OFAC designated the following persons: 

AMELIACH ORTA, Francisco Jose (Latin: AMELIACH ORTA, Francisco José), Carabobo, Venezuela; DOB 14 Jun 1963; POB Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela; citizen Venezuela; Gender Male; Cedula No. 7062172 (Venezuela); Constituent of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly for Valencia Municipality in Carabobo State;  Member of Venezuela’s Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
CHAVEZ FRIAS, Adan Coromoto (Latin: CHÁVEZ FRÍAS, Adán Coromoto), Barinas, Venezuela; DOB 11 Apr 1953; citizen Venezuela; Gender Male; Cedula No. 3915103 (Venezuela); Constituent of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly for Barinas Municipality in Barinas State;  Secretary of Venezuela’s Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
D’AMELIO CARDIET, Tania, Vargas, Venezuela; DOB 05 Dec 1971; Gender Female; Cedula No. 11691429 (Venezuela); Rector of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
ESCARRA MALAVE, Hermann Eduardo, Miranda, Venezuela; DOB 08 Apr 1952; citizen Venezuela; Gender Male; Cedula No. 3820195 (Venezuela); Constituent of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly for Zamora Municipality in Miranda State; Member of Venezuela’s Presidential Commission for the Constituent Assembly (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
FARIAS PENA, Erika del Valle (Latin: FARÍAS PEÑA, Erika del Valle), Cojedes, Venezuela; DOB 31 Oct 1972; citizen Venezuela; Gender Female; Cedula No. 9493443 (Venezuela); Constituent of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly for Ezequiel Zamora Municipality in Cojedes State (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
LUGO ARMAS, Bladimir Humberto (a.k.a. LUGO ARMAS, Vladimir Humberto), Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela; DOB 18 Nov 1968; Gender Male; Cedula No. 8760081 (Venezuela); Commander of the Special Unit to the Federal Legislative Palace of Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
MELENDEZ RIVAS, Carmen Teresa (Latin: MELÉNDEZ RIVAS, Carmen Teresa), Lara, Venezuela; DOB 03 Nov 1961; POB Barinas, Venezuela; citizen Venezuela; Gender Female; Cedula No. 8146803 (Venezuela); Constituent of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly for Iribarren Municipality in Lara State (individual) [VENEZUELA]. 
 
VIVAS VELASCO, Ramon Dario, Vargas, Venezuela; DOB 12 Jun 1950; citizen Venezuela; Gender Male; Cedula No. 3569721 (Venezuela); Constituent of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly for Vargas Municipality in Vargas State (individual) [VENEZUELA].

under the Venezuela sanctions program, as well as the following persons: 

ALVAREZ MONTELONGO, Julio Cesar (a.k.a. ALVAREZ, Julion), Paseo de la Hacienda 443, Fracc. Los Mangos, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Ontario 1102, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44630, Mexico; Coras 3644, Col. Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Av. Manuel Acuna 3497, Col. Rinconada Santa Rita, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44690, Mexico; DOB 11 Apr 1983; POB La Concordia, Chiapas, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Website http://www.julionalvarez.net; Gender Male; R.F.C. AAMJ8304112F0 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. AAMJ830411HCSLNL05 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: JCAM EDITORA MUSICAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: NORYBAN PRODUCTIONS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: TICKET BOLETO, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
ALVAREZ PERALTA, Fernando Gustavo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 23 Jan 1961; citizen Bolivia; Gender Male; R.F.C. AAPF610123BJ0 (Mexico); NIT # 2970301015 (Bolivia); C.U.R.P. AAPF610123HNELRR02 (Mexico); Residency Number 0434529 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION).  
 
AYALA ROMERO, Diego, Mexico; DOB 27 Nov 1974; POB Acatic, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. AARD7411274XA (Mexico); C.U.R.P. AARD741127HJCYMG09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
CAMPOS TIRADO, Linda Elizabeth, Mexico; DOB 20 Sep 1980; POB Ahome, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Female; R.F.C. CATL800920L32 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CATL800920MSLMRN02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
CARO URIAS, Efrain, Av. de las Americas 2000-607, Col. Vista del Country, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Americas 2000-7, Col. Vistas del Country, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Jose Maria Vigil 2830, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Americas 1417-A, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44630, Mexico; Av. Americas 1417-B, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44630, Mexico; Giovanni Papini 364-B, Col. Jardines de la Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco 45110, Mexico; Calle San Gonzalo 1970-43, Col. Santa Isabel, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Los Cerezos 86, Coto 3, Col. Jardin Real, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Paseo Puesta del Sol 4282-6, Col. Lomas Altas, Zapopan, Jalisco 45110, Mexico; DOB 11 Apr 1974; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. CAUE740411RG0 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAUE740411HJCRRF07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: LOLA LOLITA 1110, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: MARIMBA ENTERTAINMENT, S.R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: NOCTURNUM INC, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.). 
 
CARO URIAS, Omar, Calle San Gonzalo 1970-43, Col. Santa Isabel, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750 Int. L-2, Col. Jardin Real, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750 Int. L-3, Col. Jardin Real, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750 Int. L-6, Col. Jardin Real, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750 Int. L-7, Col. Jardin Real, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750 Int. L-8, Col. Jardin Real, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 19 Jun 1977; POB Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. CAUO770619C87 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAUO770619HJCRRM08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: LOLA LOLITA 1110, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: NOCTURNUM INC, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.). 
 
CARRANZA ZEPEDA, Hugo Ivan, Av. Rio Nilo 69, Col. Camichines, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico; Franz Schubert 5373, Col. La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco 45030, Mexico; Franz Schubert 7373, Col. La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Economos 6617-35, Col. Rinconada del Parque, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Mixcoatl 1371, Col. Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; DOB 03 Mar 1982; POB Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. CAZH820303JF9 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAZH820303HJCRPG02 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. CAZH820303HJCRPG10 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: CAMELIAS BAR, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: EVENTOS LA MORA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: COMERCIALIZADORA CHAPALA AJIJIC, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CONSORCIO LUNALO, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CONSORCIO NUJOMA, SOCIEDAD CIVIL; Linked To: CONSORCIO RIRFUS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CORPORATIVO ARZACA, S.C.; Linked To: CORPORATIVO FEARFI, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CORPORATIVO SOSVAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO EGMONT, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO PRODUCSIL, S.P.R. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: RESTAURANT FOLKLOR Y CANTINA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS EMPRESARIALES SODA, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
CARRANZA ZEPEDA, Victor Manuel, Av. Rio Nilo 69, Col. Camichines, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Franz Schubert 5373, Fracc. La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Lazaro Cardenas 3050-A, Fracc. Residencial Loma Bonita, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44570, Mexico; Av. Lazaro Cardenas 3050, Col. El Retiro, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44280, Mexico; Cholula 2514, Col. Hidalgo, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua 32300, Mexico; DOB 15 Mar 1978; POB Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. CAZV7803151P4 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAZV780315HBCRPC03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
CHAVEZ MARTINEZ, Maria Icela (a.k.a. CHAVEZ MARTINEZ, Ma Isela; a.k.a. CHAVEZ MARTINEZ, Maria Isela), Tchaikovsky 474, Col. Arcos de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Piotr Tchaikovski 474, Col. Arcos de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco 45030, Mexico; Av. Sebastian Bach 5115, Col. Residencial La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Chapalita 50, Col. Jardines Plaza del Sol, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Cam 1, Col. San Patricio o Melaque, San Patricio o Melaque, Jalisco 48980, Mexico; DOB 07 Nov 1967; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Female; R.F.C. CAMI671107GZA (Mexico); alt. R.F.C. CAMI671107MY5 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAMI671107MJCHRC07 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. CAMI671107MJCHRS06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: A & S CARRIER INTERNACIONAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: BOUNGALOWS VILLA AZUL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CLUB DEPORTIVO MORUMBI, ASOCIACION CIVIL). 
 
CORDERO CARDENAS, Jose Antonio, C Eca Do Queiros 5522, Col. Vallarta Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco 45110, Mexico; Privada Juan de la Barrera 1727, Col. Ninos Heroes, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 01 Dec 1957; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. COCA571201JV2 (Mexico); Credencial electoral CRCRAN57120114H000 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. COCA571201HJCRRN19 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. COCA571201HJCRRN01 (Mexico); I.F.E. 3087029297960 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: CIRCULO REPRESENTACIONES INTERNACIONALES, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: CORPORATIVO INMOBILIARIO UNIVERSAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: FC GRUPO EMPRESARIAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO GASOLINERO COJIM, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: INMOBILIARIA FLORES CASTRO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
DAMIAN RAMIREZ, Irma Lizet, Dominico Scarlatti 260, Col. Vallarta La Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Montevideo 2590, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Universidad 1151 Int. 3-H, Col. Puerta Aqua, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 04 Apr 1981; POB Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Female; R.F.C. DARI810404P98 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. DARI810404MJCMMR00 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. DARI810404MNTMMR04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: CONSORCIO VINICOLA DE OCCIDENTE, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
FERNANDEZ SANTANA, Mario Alberto, Av. Moctezuma 4297, Col. Jardines del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 09 May 1977; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. FESM770509RQ7 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FESM770509HJCRNR06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: EVENTOS LA MORA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: MONTALVA INMOBILIARIA, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
FLORES CASTRO, Sendy (a.k.a. FLORES CASTRO, Sandy), Av. Ramon Corona 4750, Loc. 15, Col. Exhacienda de la Mora, Zapopan, Jalisco 45138, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750, Loc. 5, Zapopan, Jalisco 45138, Mexico; Av. Ramon Corona 4750, Zapopan, Jalisco 45019, Mexico; Tchaikovsky 474, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Piotr Tchaikovski 474, Col. Arcos de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco 45030, Mexico; Av. Sebastian Bach 5115, Col. Residencial La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Chapalita 50, Col. Jardines Plaza del Sol, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Abraham Gonzalez 1375, Col. Sector Libertad, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 10 Mar 1981; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Female; R.F.C. FOCS810310836 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FOCS810310MJCLSN09 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. FOCS810301MJCLSN00 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: A & S CARRIER INTERNACIONAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: BOUNGALOWS VILLA AZUL, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
FLORES CHAVEZ, Kevin Sebastian, Calle Tchaikovsky 474, Col. Arcos de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 01 Mar 1995; POB Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. FOCK950301E94 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FOCK950301HJCLHV00 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: BOUNGALOWS VILLA AZUL, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
FLORES ESPARZA, Moises, C Playa Santiago 6041, Dep. 3, Rdcial Moctezuma PTE, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; DOB 14 Dec 1977; POB Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. FOEM7712145E7 (Mexico); Credencial electoral FLESMS77121418H100 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FOEM771214HNTLSS07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
FLORES GOMEZ, Felipe, Mariano Abasolo 87, Autlan de Navarro Centro, Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco 48900, Mexico; Av. Fray Junipero Serra 843, Col. Alcalde Barranquitas, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44270, Mexico; Paulino Navarro 42, Col. Centro, Casimiro Castillo, Jalisco 48930, Mexico; DOB 20 Sep 1953; POB Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. FOGF530920KX7 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FOGF530920HJCLML09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: BOUNGALOWS VILLA AZUL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: CLUB DEPORTIVO MORUMBI, ASOCIACION CIVIL). 
 
FLORES HERNANDEZ, Raul (a.k.a. CASAS LINARES, Miguel), Distrito Federal, Mexico; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Piotr Tchaikovski 474, Col. Arcos de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco 45030, Mexico; Av. Sebastian Bach 5115, Col. Residencial La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Chapalita 50, Col. Jardines Plaza del Sol, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle 72, Panfilo Perez, 750 Sector Libertad, Col. Blanco y Cuellar, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44730, Mexico; Calle Llamarada 193, Fracc. Residencial Sumiya, Jiutepec, Morelos 62560, Mexico; Zaragoza Sur 201, Col. Centro, San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla 74000, Mexico; DOB 03 Oct 1952; alt. DOB 05 Mar 1951; POB Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico; alt. POB San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. FOHR521003SF7 (Mexico); alt. R.F.C. FOHR510305SF7 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FOHR521003HJCLRL07 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. FOHR510305HPLLRL08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
FLORES TINAJERO, Saul, Mexico; DOB 23 Aug 1975; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. FOTS7508237W0 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FOTS750823HJCLNL01 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
FREGOSO GONZALEZ, Marco Antonio, Av. Patria 2085, Mezzanine, Col. Puerta de Hierro, Guadalajara, Jalisco 45116, Mexico; Francisco Javier Gamboa 388-201, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44110, Mexico; DOB 23 Sep 1978; POB Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; Passport G01106795 (Mexico); R.F.C. FEGM780923PH4 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. FEGM780923HJCRNR01 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. FEGM780923HJCRNR19 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO NUTRICIONAL ALHOMA, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
HEREDIA HORNER, Mauricio, Calle Ceja de la Barranca 500-4, Fracc. Loma Real, Zapopan, Jalisco 45110, Mexico; Blvd. Puerta de Hierro 5210-6, Col. Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco 45116, Mexico; J.J. Martinez Aguirre 4248, Ciudad de los Ninos, Zapopan, Jalisco 45040, Mexico; Toltecas 3134, Fracc. Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Eulogio Parra 3200, Piso 2, Local 21, Fracc. Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Popocatepetl 2907-1, Col. Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 29 Jul 1978; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. HEHM780729FZ5 (Mexico); alt. R.F.C. HEHM780729HJC (Mexico); C.U.R.P. HEHM780729HJCRRR07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: ESCUELA DE FUTBOL RAFAEL MARQUEZ, ASOCIACION CIVIL; Linked To: FUTBOL Y CORAZON, ASOCIACION CIVIL; Linked To: GRUPO DEPORTIVO ALVANER, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO DEPORTIVO MARQUEZ PARDO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO NUTRICIONAL ALHOMA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO TERAPEUTICO HORMARAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO TERAPEUTICO PUERTO VALLARTA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PROSPORT & HEALTH IMAGEN, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS EDUCATIVOS Y DE NEGOCIOS, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.). 
 
JIMENEZ HERNANDEZ, Oscar Armando, Calle Ramon Castellanos 1037-A, Col. San Isidro, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; C Emilio Rabaza 2027, Col. Blanco y Cuellar, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44730, Mexico; DOB 30 Jun 1978; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. JIHO780630A70 (Mexico); Credencial electoral JMHROS78063014H200 (Mexico); alt. Credencial electoral JIHO78063014H200 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. JIHO780630HJCMRS07 (Mexico); alt. C.U.R.P. JIHO780730HJCMRS06 (Mexico); I.F.E. 069582506439 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: CORPORATIVO INMOBILIARIO UNIVERSAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SERVICIOS EMPRESARIALES FICIE, S.A. DE C.V.). 
 
MARQUEZ ALVAREZ, Rafael (a.k.a. MARQUEZ, Rafa), Calle Popocatepetl 2907-1, Col. Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Toltecas 3134, Fracc. Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Av. Patria 2085, Mezzanine, Col. Puerta de Hierro, Zapopan, Jalisco 45116, Mexico; Moliere 330-303, Col. Polanco, Mexico, Distrito Federal 11560, Mexico; J.J. Martinez Aguirre 4248, Ciudad de los Ninos, Zapopan, Jalisco 45040, Mexico; Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos 1810, Col. La Martinica, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico; DOB 13 Feb 1979; POB Zamora, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. MAAR7902132V4 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. MAAR790213HMNRLF03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: ESCUELA DE FUTBOL RAFAEL MARQUEZ, ASOCIACION CIVIL; Linked To: FUTBOL Y CORAZON, ASOCIACION CIVIL; Linked To: GRUPO DEPORTIVO ALVANER, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION; Linked To: GRUPO DEPORTIVO MARQUEZ PARDO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO NUTRICIONAL ALHOMA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO TERAPEUTICO HORMARAL, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO TERAPEUTICO PUERTO VALLARTA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PROSPORT & HEALTH IMAGEN, S.A. DE C.V.). 

and entities: 

A & S CARRIER INTERNACIONAL, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. A Y S CARRIER INTERNACIONAL, S.A. DE C.V.), Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 22839 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
BOUNGALOWS VILLA AZUL, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 18740 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CAMELIAS BAR, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. CAMELIAS BAR; a.k.a. LA CAMELIA RESTAURANTE & CANTINA; a.k.a. RESTAURANTE BAR LA CAMELIA; a.k.a. “LA CAMELIA”), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Chapalita 50, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Lazaro Cardenas 2729 y Arboledas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Mariano Otero 1499, Col. Verde Valle, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 26075 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CIRCULO REPRESENTACIONES INTERNACIONALES, S. DE R.L. DE C.V., Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 42993 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CLUB DEPORTIVO MORUMBI, ASOCIACION CIVIL (a.k.a. CLUB DEPORTIVO AUTLAN; a.k.a. CLUB DEPORTIVO MORUMBI; a.k.a. CLUB DEPORTIVO MORUMBI, A.C.; a.k.a. GUERREROS DE AUTLAN; a.k.a. PROMOTORA CULTURAL Y DEPORTIVA MORUMBI; a.k.a. “MORUMBI”), Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Del Bajio S/N, Col. El Bajio, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 4123 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
COMERCIALIZADORA CHAPALA AJIJIC, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 58593 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
COMERCIALIZADORA E IMPORTADORA YESSI, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 43753 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CONSORCIO LUNALO, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateos 525-C, Int. 9, Col. Ladron de Guevara, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44600, Mexico; R.F.C. CLU140217RX4 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 79775 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CONSORCIO NUJOMA, SOCIEDAD CIVIL (a.k.a. CONSORCIO NUJOMA, S.C.), Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Juan Salvador Agraz 1179-13, Col. Moderna, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44190, Mexico; R.F.C. CNU130416UJ3 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 28153 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CONSORCIO RIRFUS, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Vidrio 2335-138, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44160, Mexico; R.F.C. CRI130109KL8 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 72346 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CONSORCIO VINICOLA DE OCCIDENTE, S.A. DE C.V., Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 10740 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CORPORATIVO ARZACA, S.C. (a.k.a. CORPORATIVO ARZACA, SOCIEDAD CIVIL), Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateos 525-C, Int. 4, Col. Circunvalacion Guevara, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44680, Mexico; R.F.C. CAR130927UU3 (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CORPORATIVO FEARFI, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 88504 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CORPORATIVO INMOBILIARIO UNIVERSAL, S.A. DE C.V., Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Cuitlahuac 435, Depto. 4, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; Juan Sebastian Bach 5187, Col. Residencial La Estancia, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 19451 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
CORPORATIVO SOSVAL, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Nebulosa 2781, Col. Jardines del Bosque, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44520, Mexico; Nebulosa. 2781-14, Col. Jardines del Bosque, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44520, Mexico; R.F.C. CSO130410P32 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 73550 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
ESCUELA DE FUTBOL RAFAEL MARQUEZ, ASOCIACION CIVIL (a.k.a. ESC DE FUTBOL RAFAEL MARQUEZ; a.k.a. ESCUELA DE FUTBOL RAFAEL MARQUEZ), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. del Bajio 1134, Col. El Bajio, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Del Bajio 1134, San Juan de Ocotan, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 23461 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
EVENTOS LA MORA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. EVENTOS LA MORA), Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Lopez Mateos Sur 4527, Col. La Calma, Zapopan, Jalisco 45070, Mexico; Lopez Mateos Sur 4527, Col. Residencial Loma Bonita, Zapopan, Jalisco 45086, Mexico; Lopez Mateos Sur 4527, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco 45070, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 29070 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
FC GRUPO EMPRESARIAL, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 42946 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
FLORES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. FLORES DTO), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Mexico; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico [SDNTK]. 
 
FUTBOL Y CORAZON, ASOCIACION CIVIL (a.k.a. CENTRO INFANTIL RM; a.k.a. FUNDACION FUTBOL Y CORAZON, A.C.; a.k.a. FUNDACION RAFA MARQUEZ; a.k.a. FUNDACION RAFA MARQUEZ FUTBOL Y CORAZON, A.C.; a.k.a. FUTBOL Y CORAZON, A.C.; a.k.a. RAFA MARQUEZ FOUNDATION), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Xochitl 4262-6, Prados del Tepeyac, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; Popocatepetl 2907, Col. Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; Santa Isabel 62, Col. Santa Isabel, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico; Lic. Alfonso Garcia Robles 74, Col. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico; Privada Primitivo Torres 52, Col. El Terrero, El Quince, El Salto, Jalisco 45680, Mexico; Website http://www.fundacionrafamarquez.org; R.F.C. FCO0505306V0 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 10328 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRAND CASINO (a.k.a. GRAND CASINO ZAPOPAN), Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateos Sur 4527, Col. La Calma, Zapopan, Jalisco 45070, Mexico [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO DEPORTIVO ALVANER, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 72016 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO DEPORTIVO MARQUEZ PARDO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Popocatepetl 2907-1, Col. Ciudad del Sol, Zapopan, Jalisco 45050, Mexico; R.F.C. GDM090907NE0 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 51360 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO EGMONT, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Fernando de Alba 765-3, Col. Chapalita, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44500, Mexico; R.F.C. GEG130219MY1 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 72549 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO GASOLINERO COJIM, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. GRUPO COJIM, S.A. DE C.V.), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; KM 39 700 Carretera Jalostotitlan, San Julian, San Miguel El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico; Carretera Jalostotitlan San Julian KM 39.70, San Miguel El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico; KM 1.5 Carretera San Julian a San Miguel El Alto, San Julian, Jalisco 47140, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 79563 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO NUTRICIONAL ALHOMA, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Lopez Mateos Sur 1710-4, Fracc. El Palomar, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco 45643, Mexico; R.F.C. GNA120828LL8 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 69366 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO PRODUCSIL, S.P.R. DE R.L. DE C.V. (a.k.a. GRUPO PRODUCSIL, S. DE P.R. DE R.L. DE C.V.), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Paseo de la Arboleda 768-10, Col. Jardines del Bosque, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44520, Mexico; R.F.C. GPR140605GC0 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 83061 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO TERAPEUTICO HORMARAL, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. GRUPO TERAPEUTICO HERMORAL, S.A. DE C.V.; a.k.a. PRO SPORT & HEALTH; a.k.a. PROSPORT & HEALTH; a.k.a. PROSPORT&HEALTH), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. General Eulogio Parra 3200-21, Fracc. Terrazas Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Calle Lisboa 175, Col. Versalles, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Website http://www.prosport.mx; R.F.C. GTH1206069J8 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 68188 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
GRUPO TERAPEUTICO PUERTO VALLARTA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. GRUPO TERAPEUTICO DE VALLARTA, S.A. DE C.V.; a.k.a. PROSPORT & HEALTH), Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Lisboa 175, Col. Versalles, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48320, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 16405 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
INMOBILIARIA FLORES CASTRO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V. (a.k.a. INMOVILIARIA FLORES CASTRO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.), Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 42969 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
JCAM EDITORA MUSICAL, S.A. DE C.V., Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Av. Manuel Acuna 3497, Terrazas Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 19365 (Sinaloa) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
LOLA LOLITA 1110, S. DE R.L. DE C.V. (a.k.a. LOLALOLITA 1110, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.), Av. Vallarta 1110, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44160, Mexico; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Website http://www.lolalolita.com; Folio Mercantil No. 60645 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
MARIMBA ENTERTAINMENT, S.R.L. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 52828 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
MONTALVA INMOBILIARIA, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 77704 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
NOCTURNUM INC, S. DE R.L. DE C.V. (a.k.a. CORTEZ COCINA AUTENTICA; a.k.a. NOCTURN INC, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; a.k.a. “CORTEZ”; a.k.a. “EL CORTEZ”; a.k.a. “RESTAURANT CORTEZ”; a.k.a. “RESTAURANTE CORTEZ”), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Diagonal San Jorge 100, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Americas 1417-B, Col. Providencia 2A Seccion, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44630, Mexico; Website http://www.cortez.com.mx; RFC NIN130327JBO (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 74711 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
NORYBAN PRODUCTIONS, S.A. DE C.V., Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Av. Gutierrez Najera 104 Altos, Centro, Mazatlan, Sinaloa 82000, Mexico; Coras 3644, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Calle Manuel Acuna 3497, Col. Santa Rita, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44690, Mexico; Ontario 1102, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44630, Mexico; R.F.C. NPR0903058I3 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 18949 (Sinaloa) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
PROSPORT & HEALTH IMAGEN, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. PROSPORT & HEALTH, S.A. DE C.V.; a.k.a. PROSPORT Y HEALTH IMAGEN, S.A. DE C.V.), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Calle Golfo de Cortes 4114, Local 4 y 5, Col. Monraz, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44670, Mexico; Website http://www.pshimagen.mx; R.F.C. PAH130925LG0 (Mexico); alt. R.F.C. PAH130925IG0 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 77129 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
RESTAURANT FOLKLOR Y CANTINA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. RESTAURANTE FOLKLOR Y CANTINA), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Manuel J. Clouthier 1614, Col. Jardines de Guadalupe, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 60417 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Carr. San Julian KM 1.5, San Miguel El Alto, San Julian, Jalisco 47170, Mexico; R.F.C. RLO960524C18 (Mexico); Folio Mercantil No. 12651 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
SERVICIOS EDUCATIVOS Y DE NEGOCIOS, S. DE R.L. DE C.V., Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 51560 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
SERVICIOS EMPRESARIALES FICIE, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 84399 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
SERVICIOS EMPRESARIALES SODA, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 82219 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK]. 
 
TICKET BOLETO, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 88198 (Jalisco) (Mexico) [SDNTK].

under the Kingpin Act counter narcotics program. They also updated the following NPWMD (non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction) listings:

JANG, Bom Su (a.k.a. JANG, Pom Su), Syria; DOB 15 Apr 1957; citizen Korea, North; Tanchon Commercial Bank Representative in Syria (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: TANCHON COMMERCIAL BANK). -to- JANG, Bom Su (a.k.a. JANG, Hyon U; a.k.a. JANG, Pom Su), Syria; DOB 15 Apr 1957; alt. DOB 22 Feb 1958; citizen Korea, North; Diplomatic Passport 836110034 expires 01 Jan 2020; Tanchon Commercial Bank Representative in Syria(individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: TANCHON COMMERCIAL BANK). 
 
JON, Myong Guk (a.k.a. CHO’N, Myo’ng-kuk), Syria; DOB 18 Oct 1976; Passport 4721202031 (Korea, North) expires 21 Feb 2017; Tanchon Commercial Bank Representative in Syria (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: TANCHON COMMERCIAL BANK). -to- JON, Myong Guk (a.k.a. CHO’N, Myo’ng-kuk; a.k.a. JON, Yong Sang), Syria; DOB 18 Oct 1976; alt. DOB 25 Aug 1976; Passport 4721202031 (Korea, North) expires 21 Feb 2017; Diplomatic Passport 836110035 expires 01 Jan 2020; Tanchon Commercial Bank Representative in Syria (individual) [NPWMD] (Linked To: TANCHON COMMERCIAL BANK).

And we also got 2 press releases from Treasury (one about the Venezuela designations, the other about the Kingpin Act designations), and this one from the Drug Enforcement Agency:

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

  Contact: DEA Public Affairs 

  (202) 307-7977

  

Press Release

 

DEA Investigations Lead to Largest 
Treasury Kingpin Designation Against Mexican Cartel 

 

OFAC Action Targets 22 Mexican Nationals and 43 Entities in Mexico, including Flores Organization

 

Washington, D.C. – As a result of several long-term DEA investigations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today identified Mexican national Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization (Flores DTO) as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  In addition to Flores and the Flores DTO, OFAC also designated 21 Mexican nationals and 42 entities in Mexico for providing support to the narcotics trafficking activities of Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores DTO and/or for being owned or controlled by the Flores DTO, its members, and trusted associates.  This action marks the largest single Kingpin Act action against a Mexican drug cartel network that OFAC has designated.  As a result of today’s action, all assets of the individuals and entities designated that are under U.S. jurisdiction or are in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

The Government of Mexico’s Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) seized diverse assets today belonging to Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores DTO, including the Grand Casino in the Guadalajara area.  This joint action is the result of a multi-year OFAC investigation undertaken in coordination with DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Government of Mexico.  This designation is part of a larger collaborative effort with Mexican government agencies, including the PGR and Mexico’s Finance Ministry’s Unidad de Inteligencia Financiera (UIF), to use financial sanctions, among other tools, to disrupt Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

Although he operates independently, Raul Flores Hernandez maintains strategic alliances with the leadership of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación.  His relationships with the leaders of these drug cartels have allowed the Flores DTO to operate since the 1980s in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and Mexico City, Mexico.  In March 2017, federal drug trafficking indictments were returned in the District of Columbia and the Southern District of California against Flores Hernandez. 

The Flores DTO includes a significant number of Flores Hernandez’s family members and trusted associates, upon whom he heavily relies to further his drug trafficking and money laundering activities and to maintain assets on his behalf.  Family members of Flores Hernandez designated today include Maria Icela Chavez Martinez, Felipe Flores Gomez, Kevin Sebastian Flores Chavez, Sendy Flores Castro, Moises Flores Esparza, Saul Flores Tinajero, Oscar Armando Jimenez Hernandez, and Irma Lizet Damian Ramirez.  Associates of Flores Hernandez designated today include Fernando Gustavo Alvarez Peralta, Diego Ayala Romero, Linda Elizabeth Campos Tirado, Efrain and Omar Caro Urias, Hugo Ivan and Victor Manuel Carranza Zepeda, Jose Antonio Cordero Cardenas, and Mario Alberto Fernandez Santana.  Several of these individuals own or control a number of Mexican companies within the Flores DTO’s business network.  Today’s OFAC designations also include Mexican professional soccer player, Rafael Marquez Alvarez (Rafa Marquez), and Mexican singer Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo (Julion Alvarez).  Both men have longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez, and have acted as front persons for him and his DTO and held assets on their behalf.  Also designated today are Mauricio Heredia Horner and Marco Antonio Fregoso Gonzalez for acting for or on behalf of Rafa Marquez.  

The 42 entities designated today cross a wide range of industries and services in Mexico, including sports and recreation, health and rehabilitation, restaurants and bars, hospitality and tourism, gambling, and music production.  Several key designated entities include a Mexican soccer club, Club Deportivo Morumbi, Asociacion Civil; the Grand Casino in Guadalajara, Jalisco; Camelias Bar, S.A. de C.V. and Nocturnum Inc, S. de R.L. de C.V., which have run popular bars and restaurants in Guadalajara; a sports rehabilitation center, Prosport & Health Imagen, S.A. de C.V.; and a music production company, Noryban Productions, S.A. de C.V.  Most of the entities designated today are registered in the Mexican state of Jalisco, although two are registered in the state of Sinaloa.  Several entities operate locations/branches in various other states, including Michoacán and Coahuila.

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 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 Venezuela Designations Press Release

Treasury Kingpin Act Designations Press Release

On Wednesday, OFAC added the following persons to the SDN List under the Kingpin Act counter narcotics trafficking sanctions program: 

BARRAZA ACEVES, Jose Carlos (Latin: BARRAZA ACEVES, José Carlos) (a.k.a. “Luis 2525”), Mexico; DOB 06 Dec 1982; POB Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. BAAC821206RV9 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. BAAC821206HSLRCR09 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
ESPINOZA RODRIGUEZ, Maria de Jesus (Latin: ESPINOZA RODRÍGUEZ, María de Jesús), Mexico; DOB 30 Aug 1980; POB Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Female; R.F.C. EIRJ900830781 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. EIRJ900830MSLSDS06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
LUGO LEON, Toribio Alberto (Latin: LUGO LEÓN, Toribio Alberto), Mexico; DOB 26 Aug 1986; POB Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. LULT860826HSLGNR06 (Mexico); RFC LULT8608269R2 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
MONDACA AVILA, Sigi Alfredo (Latin: MONDACA ÁVILA, Sigi Alfredo), Mexico; DOB 09 Jan 1985; POB Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. MOAS850109HSLNVG09 (Mexico); RFC MOAS850109DN7 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RIVERA SANDOVAL, Hector Librado (Latin: RIVERA SANDOVAL, Héctor Librado), La Playita, Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 03 Jun 1982; POB Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. RISH820603HSLVNC07 (Mexico); RFC RISH820603V75 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RUELAS AVILA, Jesus Angel (Latin: RUELAS ÁVILA, Jesús Ángel), C 14 S/N, Loc Genaro Estrada, Sinaloa, Sinaloa 81960, Mexico; DOB 01 Nov 1988; POB Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; citizen Mexico; Gender Male; C.U.R.P. RUAJ881101HSLLVS01 (Mexico); RFC RUAJ881101824 (Mexico); I.F.E. RLAVJS88110125H400 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RUELAS AVILA, Joel Efren (Latin: RUELAS ÁVILA, Joel Efren), Calle 10 Sin Numero, Localidad Genaro Estrada, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 20 Sep 1978; POB Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. RUAJ780920C10 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RUAJ780920HSLLVL02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RUELAS AVILA, Jose Luis (Latin: RUELAS ÁVILA, José Luis), C 14 S/N, Loc Genaro Estrada, Sinaloa, Sinaloa 81960, Mexico; DOB 11 Mar 1981; POB Sinaloa, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. RUAL810311933 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RUAL810311HSLLVS02 (Mexico); I.F.E. RLAVLS81031125H800 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RUELAS AVILA, Leobardo (Latin: RUELAS ÁVILA, Leobardo), Mexico; DOB 12 Mar 1976; POB Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. RUAL7603123I0 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RUAL760312HSLLVB06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RUELAS TORRES, Gilberto, Mexico; DOB 05 May 1966; POB Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. RUTG660505CH4 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RUTG660505HSLLRL02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION). 
 
RUELAS TORRES, Jose Luis (Latin: RUELAS TORRES, José Luis), P 112, Genaro Estrada, Sinaloa, Mexico; DOB 10 Sep 1953; POB Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico; nationality Mexico; Gender Male; R.F.C. RUTL5309103B6 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RUTL530910HSLLRS07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION).

and the following entity:

RUELAS TORRES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION, Sinaloa, Mexico [SDNTK].

You have to wonder the usefulness of that entity designation. Admittedly, a firm scanning its data will probably never get a hit on it, but would you ever see a reference to a “drug trafficking organization” – EVER?

And the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued the following press release:

 
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Major Mexican Heroin Trafficking Organization Targeted

 

Action Targets Ruelas Torres Drug Trafficking Organization, 
a Key Heroin Producer and Distributor

 

 

 

MAY 24 – (Washington) – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today identified the Ruelas Torres Drug Trafficking Organization (Ruelas Torres DTO) and its leader, Mexican national Jose Luis Ruelas Torres, as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  The Ruelas Torres DTO is a family-based, independent opium and heroin production and distribution organization that smuggles multi-kilogram heroin quantities into the United States. 

 

OFAC also designated 10 key Ruelas Torres DTO associates as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act for their role in the organization.  As a result of today’s action, all assets of those designated that are based in the United States or that are in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

 

“The joint efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and OFAC represent a sustained initiative to combat foreign drug trafficking organizations, or those acting on behalf of them, from doing business via the United States,” said Barbara Roach, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Field Division.  “Such sanctions serve as one of the most important and multi-faceted avenues with which U.S. law enforcement can effectively and efficiently disrupt and dismantle major international drug trafficking organizations and anyone doing business with them.”

 

“Treasury is targeting Jose Luis Ruelas Torres as a Significant Foreign Narcotics Trafficker under the Kingpin Act because he and his drug trafficking organization are major contributors to our nation’s heroin epidemic,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “The Ruelas Torres Drug Trafficking Organization smuggles heroin from Mexico into the United States for distribution in cities from Los Angeles to New York City.  This action will hinder its ability to move and use the illicit proceeds from this activity.  Treasury and our partners in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican government are committed to exposing, disrupting, and dismantling these criminal networks.”

 

The Ruelas Torres DTO is composed of Jose Luis Ruelas Torres’s immediate and extended family members and has been involved in manufacturing, importing, and distributing heroin from Sinaloa, Mexico to the United States for well over two decades, as well as moving laundered drug proceeds from the United States to Mexico.  Ruelas Torres and his criminal organization distribute heroin to various cities throughout the United States, including Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Columbus, Detroit, and New York City.  The Ruelas Torres DTO is aligned with Mexican drug trafficker Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, a.k.a. “Chapito Isidro,” whom OFAC designated in January 2013.

 

In 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado charged Ruelas Torres and his son Joel Efren Ruelas Avila with running a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, along with related narcotics trafficking and money laundering offenses.  The indictment also charged Hector Librado Rivera Sandoval, Toribio Alberto Lugo Leon, and Jose Carlos Barraza Aceves with multiple charges related to narcotics trafficking, and Maria de Jesus Espinoza Rodriguez with several drug and money laundering charges.  All of these individuals are being identified or designated today.  In addition, the OFAC action targets Gilberto Ruelas Torres, Sigi Alfredo Mondaca Avila, Jesus Angel Ruelas Avila, Jose Luis Ruelas Avila, and Leobardo Ruelas Avila for their activities related to the Ruelas Torres DTO.

 

OFAC, DEA, and Mexican authorities worked closely to execute today’s action.

 

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 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 could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to the Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

 

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DEA NEWS: TOP HIZBALLAH TERROR FINANCIER ARRESTED

Kassim Tajideen is a specially designated terrorist charged with evading U.S. sanctions 

 

WASHINGTON – DEA and other federal officials today announced the arrest of Kassim Tajideen, a prominent financial supporter of the Hizballah terror organization. Tajideen is charged with evading U.S. sanctions imposed on him because of his financial support of Hizballah.  

Tajideen, 62, of Beirut, Lebanon, was arrested overseas on March 12, 2017, based on an 11-count indictment unsealed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia following his arrival to the United States. Tajideen made his initial court appearance today before Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather.   Tajideen pleaded not guilty and was ordered held pending a detention hearing set for March 29. 

The arrest and indictment are the result of a two-year investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The effort is part of DEA’s Project Cassandra, which targets Hizballah’s global criminal support network – dubbed by the DEA as the Business Affairs Component (BAC) that operates as a logistics, procurement and financing arm for Hizaballah. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia, DEA Special Agent in Charge Raymond Donovan of the Special Operations Division, and CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan made the announcement. 

“Kassim Tajideen posed a direct threat to safety and stability around the world,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Donovan. “A prominent money man for Hizballah, Tajideen acted as a key source of funds for their global terror network. DEA and our partners are unrelenting in our pursuit of the world’s most dangerous terror and criminal networks and their many facilitators who threaten the rule of law and innocent lives.”

“Because of his support for Hizballah, a major international terrorist group, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on Kassim Tajideen in 2009 that barred him from doing business with U.S. individuals and companies,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco.  “Those sanctions are a powerful tool in our efforts to combat terrorists and those who would support them.  Indeed, the sanctions posed such a significant threat to Tajideen’s extensive business interests that he allegedly went to great lengths to evade them by hiding his identity from the U.S. entities he did business with, and from the government agencies responsible for enforcing the sanctions.  Thanks to the diligent work of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners, we broke through the web of intermediaries Tajideen allegedly used to conceal his involvement, and he has been brought to the United States to face justice.”

“Kassim Tajideen is alleged to have willfully flouted U.S. sanctions that were based on his prior support for Hizballah, a designated foreign terrorist organization,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security McCord. “Those sanctions are designed to protect our national security and public safety by limiting terrorists’ access to resources, and this extradition sends a clear message that we are resolved to find and hold accountable those who violate these laws.”

“The investigation of this case and the arrest and extradition of this defendant demonstrates our commitment to enforcing vitally important sanctions laws that are in place to protect our national security and foreign policy interests,” said U.S. Attorney Phillips. “Because of the hard work of law enforcement here and abroad, Kassim Tajideen will now face charges in an American courtroom.” 

The indictment charges Tajideen with one count of willfully conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, seven counts of unlawful transactions with a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. The indictment also indicates that the government will seek a forfeiture money judgment against the defendants equal to the value of any property, real or personal, which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to these offenses.

According to the indictment, Tajideen allegedly presided over a multi-billion-dollar commodity distribution business that operates primarily in the Middle East and Africa through a web of vertically integrated companies, partnerships, and trade names.  The indictment further alleges that Tajideen and others engaged in an elaborate scheme to engage in business with U.S. companies while concealing Tajideen’s involvement in those transactions. 

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control named Tajideen a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on May 27, 2009.  This designation prohibits U.S. companies from transacting unlicensed business with Tajideen or any companies which are operated for his benefit – in essence stripping Tajideen’s global business empire of its ability to legally acquire goods from, or wire money into, the United States.  However, the indictment alleges that Tajideen restructured his business empire after the designation in order to evade the sanctions and continue conducting transactions with U.S. entities.  Tajideen and others are alleged to have created new trade names and to have misrepresented his ownership in certain entities in order to conceal Tajideen’s association.  The scheme allowed Tajideen’s companies to continue to illegally transact business directly with unwitting U.S. vendors, as well as to continue utilizing the U.S. financial and freight transportation systems to conduct wire transfers and move shipping containers despite the sanctions against Tajideen. 

According to the indictment, between approximately July of 2013 until the present day, the conspirators illegally completed at least 47 individual wire transfers, totaling over approximately $27 million, to parties in the United States.  During the same time period, the conspirators caused dozens of illegal shipments of goods to leave U.S. ports for the benefit of Tajideen, without obtaining the proper licenses from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. 

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

This investigation was carried out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, the DEA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center Counter-Network Division, with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas A. Gillice and Deborah Curtis and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacqueline L. Barkett of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and Trial Attorney Joseph Palazzo from the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.

Participating investigative agencies in DEA’s Project Cassandra include the DEA’s New Jersey Field Division and Special Operations Division and various DEA country offices, as well as the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

 

DEA Announces Intent to Schedule Kratom

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Washington, DC – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced its intention to place the active materials in the kratom plant into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety. Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are found in kratom, which is a tropical tree indigenous to Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and other areas of Southeast Asia.  The announcement was made in the U.S. Federal Register and can be found here

 

Kratom is abused for its ability to produce opioid-like effects and is often marketed as a legal alternative to controlled substances. Law enforcement nationwide has seized more kratom in the first half of 2016 than any previous year and easily accounts for millions of dosages intended for the recreational market, according to DEA findings.  In addition, kratom has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. These three factors constitute a Schedule I controlled substance according to the Controlled Substances Act passed by Congress in 1970.

 

Kratom has been seized by law enforcement in various forms, including powder, plant, capsules, tablets, liquids, gum/resin, and drug patch. Because the identity, purity levels, and quantity of these substances are uncertain and inconsistent, they pose significant adverse health risks to users. 

 

From February 2014 to July 2016, over 55,000 kilograms of kratom material were encountered by law enforcement at various ports of entry within the United States. Additionally, another 57,000+ kilograms of kratom material offered for import into the United States between 2014 and 2016 are awaiting an FDA admissibility decision. Together, this material is enough to produce over 12 million doses of kratom. The FDA has also warned the public not to use any products labeled as containing kratom due to concerns about toxicity and potential health impacts. In addition, FDA has issued and updated two import alerts related to kratom products.  Kratom has been on DEA’s list of drugs and chemicals of concern for several years.

 

 

The American Association of Poison Control Centers identified two exposures to kratom from 2000 and 2005.  Between 2010 and 2015, U.S. poison centers received 660 calls related to kratom exposure. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that kratom abuse leads to agitation, irritability, tachycardia,  nausea, drowsiness, and hypertension. Health risks found in kratom abusers include hepatotoxicity, psychosis, seizure, weight loss, insomnia, tachycardia, vomiting, poor concentration, hallucinations, and death. DEA is aware of 15 kratom-related deaths between 2104 and 2016.

 

From our good friends at the DEA (dated August 11):

DEA Publishes Responses to Two Pending Petitions to Reschedule Marijuana

DEA has denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In response to the petitions, DEA requested a scientific and medical evaluation and scheduling recommendation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which was conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in consultation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse.

In his letter to the petitioners, DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg offered a detailed response outlining the factual and legal basis for the denial of the petitions.

The full response to the petitions can be found in the Federal Register here: AND here

The DEA and the FDA continue to believe that scientifically valid and well-controlled clinical trials conducted under investigational new drug (IND) applications are the most appropriate way to conduct research on the medicinal uses of marijuana. Furthermore, DEA and FDA believe that the drug approval process is the most appropriate way to assess whether a product derived from marijuana or its constituents is safe and effective and has an accepted medical use. This pathway allows the FDA the important ability to determine whether a product meets the FDA criteria for safety and effectiveness for approval.