On 1 July, OFAC designated 12 individuals and 14 entities, all based in Colombia, under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Among those designated, OFAC asserts that Pedro Claver Mejia Salazar is a drug launderer that also operates a money laundering network.  Fredy Alonso Mira Perez, alias Fredy Colas, is an alleged underboss of the criminal organisation known as La Oficina de Envigado (“La Oficina”), which was itself designated on 26 June 2014. In designating La Oficina, OFAC described the organisation as a criminal organisation based in Medellín, Colombia, that plays a significant role in international narcotics trafficking as well as the “secondary” activities of money laundering, extortion and murder-for-hire. OFAC alleges that Mr Salazar, primarily at the direction of Mr Perez, launders the narcotics proceeds of La Oficina and works closely with Ayman Saied Joumaa, a Lebanese-Colombian Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker.  The other individuals and entities designated by OFAC include Mr Salazar’s network of family members and their companies, which OFAC asserts are instrumental in Mr Salazar’s money laundering operations.

On 25 June, the Treasury Department designated Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry and Muhammad Hussein Gill, both Pakistan nationals, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The 2 individuals were designated because OFAC believes they act for or on behalf of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (“LT”), an organisation that has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the US State Department in 2001 and added to the United Nations sanctions list in 2005.  Mr Chaudhry, according to OFAC, has been a senior LT leader since the early 2000s and has led the organisation’s public relations department for the last ten years and is now the head of its information wing.  OFAC asserts that Mr Gill is an LT senior shura member and founder, having acted as an accountant and later chief financial officer of LT.

Treasury Department Press Release – 1 July (Individual Narcotics Designations)

Treasury Department Press Release – June 26 (La Oficina)

Treasury Department Press Release – June 25 (Terrorism Designations)