WASHINGTON – The
U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today
designated Afghan national Pahlawan Rozi, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics
Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), for his significant role in
international narcotics trafficking.
Rozi, a weapons and narcotics
trafficker and hawala owner in northern Afghanistan, smuggles drugs across the
Tajikistan-Afghanistan border. Through his narcotics trafficking activities,
Rozi has acquired large amounts of money and assets, including buildings,
businesses, and orchards in Kunduz Province. He has also bribed and made
payments to high-ranking Afghan Government officials to avoid police
interference in his narcotics trafficking activities.
“Rozi’s role as a hawaladar and
narcotics trafficker has incited violence and fueled crime throughout the
Afghan region,” said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. “Treasury will not
tolerate these illicit activities, which undermine confidence in the legitimate
financial system, and we will continue to target and expose criminals like Rozi.”
This designation is the result of
collaboration between Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the
Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC). The ATFC, which is based in
Afghanistan, collects, analyzes, and disseminates intelligence reporting on
Afghan insurgent financing.
As a result of today’s action, all
property and interests in property in the United States or in the possession or
control of U.S. persons in which Rozi has an interest is blocked, and U.S.
persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.
Today’s action is part of
Treasury's ongoing efforts to apply financial sanctions against significant
foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations. Since June 2000, the
OFAC has designated more than 1,400 individuals and entities pursuant to the
Kingpin Act. Kingpin Act violations may result in the imposition of civil fines
and criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include
up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million while criminal fines for
corporations may reach $10 million. Criminal penalties for other individuals
may include up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the
United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.
For a complete listing of
designations pursuant to the Kingpin Act, click here.