OFAC designates Colombian narcotics trafficker

OFAC has designated Colombian national Jose Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos, his wife and 2 sons, and 3 associates as Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpins.  Piedrahita Ceballos is said to be a patron of narcotics traffickers in Colombia and to provide support to Colombian criminal group La Oficina de Envigado, which was designated by OFAC in June 2014.  He has also been subject to a federal indictment in the US since 1997 for his alleged involvement in a drug money laundering conspiracy involving the Cali cartel.  In addition, OFAC has targeted Piedrahita Ceballos’ network of businesses, which is mainly based in Colombia, by designating 11 entities connected with him.

Acting Director of OFAC John Smith said that the new designations were part of “OFAC’s continuing strategy to systematically dismantle La Oficina by targeting its leaders and financial and support networks”.  Several deletions have also been made under US counter narcotics sanctions – details here.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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