September 30, 2013
Kingpin Act Designations
The Department of the Treasury' Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced the designation of two family members and one entity linked to Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno (a.k.a. El Azul), a leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. Today's action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these designees and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
OFAC has designated more than 1,300 businesses and individuals linked to 103 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.
The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List:
PADRO PASTOR, Alvaro; DOB 09 Nov 1975; nationality Spain; R.F.C. PAPA751109870 (Mexico); C.U.R.P. PAPA751109HNEDSL04 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: CASA V; Linked To: PISCILANEA, S.A. DE C.V.).
VALLARTA ESCALANTE, Luis Francisco, Calle Chilam Balam No. 279, Supermanzana 50, Manzana 14, Lote 17, Residencial San Angel, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico; DOB 24 Nov 1979; POB Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico; R.F.C. VAEL791124NXA (Mexico); C.U.R.P. VAEL791124HCLLSS07 (Mexico) (individual) [SDNTK] (Linked To: GRUPO IMPERGOZA, S.A. DE C.V.; Linked To: SOCIALIKA RENTAS Y CATERING, S.A. DE C.V.).
The following entity has been added to OFAC's SDN List:
CASA V, Av. Vallarta 1339, Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico [SDNTK].