OFAC targets Colombian cocaine trafficking network by adding three to Kingpin SDN list

Logo_of_the_U.S._Office_of_Foreign_Assets_Control_(OFAC)OFAC has designated two Colombian nationals (Tito Aldemar Ruano Yandun and Junior Onofre Aguino Arboleda) and a Colombian entity (Ruano Yandun Drug Trafficking Organization) as Specifically Designated Narcotic Traffickers (SDNTs), pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Mr. Ruano Yandun is stated to be “the leader of an international drug trafficking organization responsible for the production, transportation, and trafficking of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador through Central America and Mexico using speedboats, fishing vessels, and self-propelled semi-submersible vessels, ultimately bound for the United States”. Mr. Aguino Arboleda has been designated for “his role [in] supporting and coordinating maritime drug trafficking activities in Colombia and Ecuador for [Mr.] Ruano Yandun”.

Click here for the OFAC Notice, and here for the US Treasury press release.

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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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