On 24 June, the US Treasury Department designated senior Taliban member Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224. Prior to his 2014 arrest by Afghan security forces, Rashid was involved in high-level operational and narcotics-related financial activities for the Taliban. In mid-2013, Rashid is alleged to have ordered the placement of an improvised explosive device that killed one US soldier and to have assisted three suicide bomb attacks in Nimruz province. Rashid is also alleged to have assisted in the collection and disbursement of narcotics-related funds for the Taliban.
Also on 24 June, the US Treasury Department designated a number of individuals and entities with ties to La Oficina de Envigado (“La Oficina”) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (the “Kingpin Act”). Among the designated are four Colombian nationals, identified as criminal financiers, narcotics traffickers, or collaborators, alleged to be aligned with La Oficina and an agricultural company, Semilanos S.A., which allegedly has close relations with one of named La Oficina affiliates. Also designated is the chief liaison to La Oficina for Clan Usuga, Octavio Cartagena Benitez. According to the Treasury Department, La Oficina and Clan Usuga are powerful narcotics traffickers who formed a power-sharing agreement for criminal activity in Medellin in 2013. La Oficina has been designated under the Kingpin Act since June 26, 2014.
On 10 June, the US Treasury Department designated seven persons from Iraq and Lebanon for their alleged support of Hizballah. Their designation as SDGTs was made pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224. Hizballah member Adham Tabaja, though his Lebanese real estate development firm Al-Inmaa group for Tourism Works and its subsidiaries, is alleged to be using his dominant market position to provide Hizballah with a lucrative investment vehicle. Lebanese businessman Kassem Hejeij allegedly supports Tabaja and his companies and facilitates Hizballah’s commercial activities. Husayn Ali Faour and his company Car Care Center were also sanctioned for allegedly supplying Hizballah with vehicles. Faour is alleged to be a part of Hizballah Islamic Jihad, which is the unit responsible for carrying out Hizballah’s overseas terrorist activities.