OFAC Designates a Number of New Kingpins

Today the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) designated eighteen (18) individuals and fifteen (15) entities linked to Rafael Caro Quintero, an alleged Mexican drug trafficker. According to the Treasury Press Release, Rafael Caro Quintero is believed to have been involved in criminal activity since the late 1970s when he and others, including Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno (a.k.a. “El Azul”), are believed to have formed the Guadalajara drug cartel and amassed an illicit fortune. According to OFAC, Caro Quintero was behind the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent (SA) Enrique Camarena in 1985. Caro Quintero was convicted in Mexico for his involvement in SA Camarena’s murder and drug trafficking and is currently serving a 40 year prison sentence there.

OFAC designations can be damaging, but there is recourse. For more information on how to contest an OFAC SDN designation as a Foreign Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin (SDNTK), or any other type of designation, please read our page on OFAC SDN Removal.

Here is the listings that were made by OFAC:

ADIB MADERO, Michel; DOB 21 Feb 1977; POB Jalisco, Mexico; Cedula No. 3348806 (Mexico); R.F.C. AIMM770221CJ7 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. AIMM770221HJCDDC08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RESTAURANT BAR LOS ANDARIEGOS, S.A. DE C.V.).

BUENROSTRO VILLA, Denisse, Circuito Madrigal 4236-05, Zapopan 45510, Mexico; DOB 22 Mar 1980; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; C.U.R.P. BUVD800322MJCNLN06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: EL BANO DE MARIA, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.).

CARO ELENES, Hector Rafael (a.k.a. CARO HELENES, Hector Rafael), Callejon del Serrano 4361, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Loreto Mendez #4432, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; San Gonzalo No. 1715, Colonia Santa Isabel, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; Calle Circuito Madrigal No. 4236 Interior 5, Colonia Santa Isabel, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; Avenida Acueducto No. 5056, Colonia Jardines de la Patria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 18 Dec 1975; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; R.F.C. CAEH751218JT4 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAEH751218HSLRLC01 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BLUE POINT SALT, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DESARROLLOS BIO GAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ECA ENERGETICOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ORGANIC SALT, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETRO BIO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: PRONTO SHOES, S.A. DE C.V.).

CARO ELENES, Henoch Emilio, Callejon del Sereno No. 4361, Col. Fracc. Jardines Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; Paseo del Bosque No. 2428, Colonia Lomas Altas, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Pablo Neruda No. 4111, Casa 1, Colonia Lomas del Valle, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45129, Mexico; Paseo de los Parques No. 3995, Interior 7, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; Loreto Mendez #4432, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 15 Mar 1980; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; alt. POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. CAEH800315V38 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAEH800315HSLRLN07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: BLUE POINT SALT, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DESARROLLOS BIO GAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: ECA ENERGETICOS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: EVCOMER, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETRO BIO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: PRONTO SHOES, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: REFORESTACIONES CARELES, S. DE P.R. DE R.L.).

CARO ELENES, Mario Yibran (a.k.a. CARO, Gibran), Callejon del Sereno No. 4361, Col. Fracc. Jardines Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; Calle Loreto Mendez 4432, Sector Hidalgo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 11 Jun 1983; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. CAEM830611SXD (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAEM830611HJCRLR05 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: PETRO BIO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: PRONTO SHOES, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: REFORESTACIONES CARELES, S. DE P.R. DE R.L.).

CARO ELENES, Roxana Elizabeth, Callejon del Sereno No. 4361, Col. Fracc. Jardines Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; San Gonzalo No. 1715, Colonia Santa Isabel, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; DOB 17 Jan 1978; POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; R.F.C. CAER780117MK8 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. CAER780117MSLRLX03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: HACIENDA LAS LIMAS, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PETRO BIO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V.; Linked To: REFORESTACIONES CARELES, S. DE P.R. DE R.L.).

CONTRERAS SANCHEZ, Diego; DOB 19 Apr 1985; POB Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. COSD850419T13 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. COSD850419HJCNNG02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: RESTAURANT BAR LOS ANDARIEGOS, S.A. DE C.V.).

CORTES VILLASENOR, Luis, Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Colonia Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 03 Mar 1971; POB Mexico City, Mexico; R.F.C. COVL7103034L4 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO CONSTRUCTOR SEGUNDO MILENIO, S.A. DE C.V.).

ELENES LERMA, Maria Elizabeth (a.k.a. ELENES DE CARO, Elizabeth), San Gonzalo No. 1715, Colonia Santa Isabel, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; Carretera Isidro Mazatepec No. 500, Colonia San Agustin, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco C.P. 45645, Mexico; DOB 12 Dec 1952; POB Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico; alt. POB Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico; R.F.C. EELE521212B18 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. EELE521212MSLLRL01 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: HACIENDA LAS LIMAS, S.A. DE C.V.).

GARZA RODRIGUEZ, Beatriz (a.k.a. GARZA RODRIGUEZ DE SANCHEZ, Beatriz), Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Colonia Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; 5151-37 A Av. Acueducto, La Colonia Residencial Pontevedra, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 14 Nov 1948; POB Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico; R.F.C. GARB481114965 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. GARB481114MSLRDT03 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

RIEBELING CORDERO, Hilda, 3888 Calle Paseo de los Parques, Colonia Colinas de San Javier, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 21 Jan 1972; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 99140083768 (Mexico); R.F.C. RICH7201214J3 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. RICH720121MJCBRL08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

SANCHEZ BARBA, Jose de Jesus, Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Col. Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; 5151-37 A Avenida Acueducto, La Colonia Residencial Pontevedra, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 02 Jul 1937; POB Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico; C.U.R.P. SABJ370702HJCNRS04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

SANCHEZ GARZA, Diego, Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Colonia Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 05 Apr 1976; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. SAGD760405A45 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SAGD760405HJCNRG06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO CONSTRUCTOR SEGUNDO MILENIO, S.A. DE C.V.).

SANCHEZ GARZA, Jose de Jesus, Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Colonia Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 12 Aug 1968; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 98140159994 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAGJ680812RE1 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SAGJ680812HJCNRS08 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V.).

SANCHEZ GARZA, Mauricio, Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Colonia Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 07 Dec 1970; POB Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Passport 99140083769 (Mexico); R.F.C. SAGM7012071B6 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SAGM701207HJCNRR05 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.).

SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Ernesto, Av. Vallarta 3216, Colonia Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 03 Feb 1967; POB Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. SAGE670203KH4 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SAGE670203HJCNNR06 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V.).

SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Ruben, Av. Arcos 960, Colonia Jardines del Bosque, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; DOB 14 Jul 1964; POB Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. SAGR640714-882 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. SAGR640714HJCNNB02 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V.).

VARGAS CORREA, Humberto; DOB 25 Mar 1959; POB Iztacalco, Distrito Federal, Mexico; R.F.C. VACH5903253B0 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. VACH590325HDFRRM07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK].

The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:

BLUE POINT SALT, S.A. DE C.V., A Las Rocas No. 244, Col. Prados Vallarta, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45020, Mexico; Callejon del Sereno 4361, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; R.F.C. BPS050519NM6 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

DBARDI, S.A. DE C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44540, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 4867-1 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

DESARROLLOS BIO GAS, S.A. DE C.V., Independencia Sur No. 185, Col. Analco, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44450, Mexico; R.F.C. DBG0805095P7 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

ECA ENERGETICOS, S.A. DE C.V., Calle Adolfo B. Horn No. 1437, Col. Pueblo Toluquilla, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco C.P. 45610, Mexico; R.F.C. EEN0310271G7 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

EL BANO DE MARIA, S. DE R.L. DE C.V., Periferico Poniente No. 2100, Col. Ciudad Granja, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 45010, Mexico; Santa Clara No. 88, Col. El Briseno, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45236, Mexico; Av. Pablo Neruda casi esq. con Ruben Dario, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Gran Plaza, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Plaza del Sol, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Plaza Patria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Plaza Mexico, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Aeropuerto de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico; Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico; Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico; Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico; R.F.C. BMA040923MZ9 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

EVCOMER, S.A. DE C.V., Independencia Sur No. 185, Col. Analco, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44450, Mexico; R.F.C. EVC080410DE6 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

GRUPO CONSTRUCTOR SEGUNDO MILENIO, S.A. DE C.V., Av. Acueducto, s/n Col. Fraccionamiento Jardines del Country, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44210, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 5269-1 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

GRUPO FRACSA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. PONTEVEDRA; a.k.a. ZOTOGRANDE), Av. Vallarta No. 3060, Col. Vallarta Norte, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Acueducto 5300, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Acueducto 5151, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Folio Mercantil No. 19730-1 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

HACIENDA LAS LIMAS, S.A. DE C.V., Carretera a Ciudad Guzman Km. 49, entre de crucero de Atoyac y crucero de Amacueca, Acatlan, Jalisco, Mexico; Callejon del Sereno #4361, Colonia Villa Universitaria, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; R.F.C. HLI040211HK3 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

ORGANIC SALT, S.A. DE C.V., Callejon del Sereno No. 4361, Col. Jacarandas Zapopan 4, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; R.F.C. OSA030512AL3 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

PETRO BIO, S. DE R.L. DE C.V., Independencia Sur No. 185, Col. Analco, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44450, Mexico; R.F.C. PBI080509Q47 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. ALBERCAS E HIDROMASAJE PISCILANEA; a.k.a. ALBERCAS Y TINAS BARCELONA), Provenza Center, Av. Lopez Mateos No. 5565, Loc 23, Col. Santa Anita, Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco 45645, Mexico; R.F.C. PIS090915KS1 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

PRONTO SHOES, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. CX INSPIRA; a.k.a. CX MILAN GUADALAJARA; a.k.a. CX MODA; a.k.a. CX-SHOES), 16 de Septiembre 635, Casi Esq. la Paz, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Av. Lafragua 2729, Esq. Paseo Jardin, Fracc. Moderno, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico; Comercio No. 172, Col. Mexicaltzingo, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44180, Mexico; Padre Mier 185, Col. Centro, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon C.P. 64000, Mexico; San Lorenzo 31 Entre Calzada la Ermita y Rueda Pastor, Col. 8va. Amplicacion Iztapalapa, Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico; Tecnologico 210, Esq. Cortador, Fracc. Industrial Julian de Obregon, Leon, Guanajuato C.P. 37290, Mexico; R.F.C. PSH081211I53 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

REFORESTACIONES CARELES, S. DE P.R. DE R.L., Callejon del Sereno No. 4361, Col. Fracc. Jardines Universidad, Zapopan, Jalisco C.P. 45110, Mexico; R.F.C. RCA050316ET5 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

RESTAURANT BAR LOS ANDARIEGOS, S.A. DE C.V. (a.k.a. BARBARESCO RESTAURANT), Buenos Aires No. 3090, esq. Montevideo, Col. Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco 44630, Mexico; R.F.C. RBA0504194T6 (Mexico) [SDNTK].

The author of this blog is Erich Ferrari, an attorney specializing in OFAC matters. If you have any questions please contact him at 202-280-6370 or ferrari@ferrariassociatespc.com.

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Libya Sanctions Go Into Effect

Last Friday President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order leveling sanctions against the Government of Libya, its agencies, instrumentalities, and controlled entities, and the Central Bank of Libya. In addition, a number of individuals listed on an Annex to this Executive Order where also targeted by those sanctions.

In the Executive Order, President Obama found that Colonel Muammar Qadhafi, his government, and close associates have taken extreme measures against the people of Libya, by using weapons of war, mercenaries, and wanton violence against unarmed civilians. Furthermore, the Executive Order found that due to the measures mentioned above that there was a threat to the stability of Libya such that constituted an extraordinary threat to the United States and warranted the use of sanctions.

Amongst other things, President Obama’s action blocked and blocks in the future any property under U.S. jurisdiction belonging to parties sanctioned pursuant to the Executive Order. Furthermore, the Executive Order included a ban on exporting and/or transferring blocked property which also extened to the entire Government of Libya and the Central Bank of Libya.

Although, the potential instability of Libya is cited by President Obama as being one of the reasons sanctions are warranted, it will be interesting to see how these sanctions further impact that instability. Certainly the goal here seems to be to take out the financial support of the current regime, thereby making Qadhafi’s chances of staying in power less likely. If Qadhafi somehow manages to stay in power, it will be interesting to watch how aggressively these new sanctions will be enforced. As in every case sanctions are only as strong as their enforcement.

The author of this blog is Erich Ferrari, an attorney specializing in OFAC matters. If you have any questions please contact him at 202-280-6370 or ferrari@ferrari-legal.com.

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