On 19 November, the US Treasury Department announced the designations of 10 Colombian nationals and 14 entities, including the Colombian professional soccer team Envigado Futbol Club S.A. (“Envigado F.C.”) and its majority owners, for their roles in supporting the narcotics trafficking, money laundering and other illicit activities of La Oficina de Envigado (“La Oficina”), a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker. Among the individuals designated were an alleged underboss of the organisation, an individual described as a violent drug trafficker, a high-ranking officer in the Transit Police of Envigado, Colombia and a former police officer who allegedly conducts extortion and debt collection for La Oficina. Also designated was Envigado F.C. and its owner, Juan Pablo Upegui Gallego. According to the Treasury Department, Mr. Gallego has used his ownership of the team to finance La Oficina for many years. Other designated entities include an event promotion company, a biofuels company and a beauty salon.
In a separate action, on 6 November, the US Treasury Department announced the designation of German Alberto Perez Ocampo of Medellín, Colombia, and his brother, Santiago Perez Ocampo, as well as Compra Venta Gerpez, an import company for which German Perez Ocampo is the sole administrator and chief executive. According to the Treasury Department, German Perez Ocampo is a major cocaine supplier to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and has also partnered with the Beltran Leyva Organisation and La Familia Michoacana in Mexico, Los Cachiros in Honduras and Los Urabeños in Colombia, each of which has been designated by the United States as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker. Santiago Perez Ocampo is allegedly his brother’s “enforcer” and responsible for helping to manage his brother’s business operations.