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U.S. Treasury Dept sanctions four individuals, five businesses linked to Colombian drug lords

June 1, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Treasury Dept sanctions four individuals, five businesses linked to Colombian drug lords

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The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four purported members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking organization and five business entities under the so-called Kingpin Act on Wednesday.

In 2015, OFAC sanctioned brothers Juan Santiago Gallon Henao and Pedro David Gallon Henao, allies and financiers of the Colombian crime syndicate La Oficina de Envigado, as Specifically Designated Narcotics Traffickers.

The four Colombian nationals and five businesses blacklisted by the U.S. government have ties to the Gallon Henao brothers.

The actions taken by the Treasury Department prohibits all American citizens and companies from conducting business with the named individuals.

Three of the four people sanctioned on Wednesday include a business partner, along with the ex-wife and 24-year-old daughter of Juan Santiago, all of whom managed companies on behalf of the brothers.

Treasury said the businesses include a family estate management, coffee cultivation, mining companies.

The five designated companies named are Guisanes S.A.S., Clamasan S.A.S., Agropecuaria Mais S.A.S. Agroindustrias Cima S.A.S, C.M.V. Carnes S.A.S., which are all based at a single address in Medellin, Colombia, Reuters reported.

“These new Treasury designations will further reduce the economic power of La Oficina’s longtime financiers by identifying and targeting front persons and companies working on their behalf,” said OFAC Director John E. Smith. “While La Oficina’s sponsors in Colombia may continue to benefit from the proceeds of their criminal activities, OFAC will continue to take measures to prevent these illicit proceeds from entering the U.S. financial system.”

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