The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
today announced the designation of two individuals and 24 entities with ties to
previously-designated Guatemalan trafficker Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell or
other designated individuals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers
(SDNTs). Today’s action, taken pursuant
to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S.
persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these
entities and individuals and any assets the designees may have under U.S.
jurisdiction are frozen.
The two individuals
designated today are Guatemalan nationals Christina Stetanel Castellanos Chacon
(a.k.a. Cristha Castellanos), who is Chacon Rossell’s daughter, and Maria
Corina Saenz Lehnhoff (a.k.a. Maria Corina de Del Pinal). Both are responsible for laundering narcotics
proceeds on behalf of Marllory Chacon Rossell.
Among the 24 entities designated today are Auto Hotel Punto Cero, a
hotel in Barberena, Guatemala; Sistemas Constructores, a construction company; Importadora
Borrayo Lasmibat, an import-export company; Boutique Marllory, a clothing store
and; Casa Vogue, a household items store.
“Targeting the corporate and
financial network of Marllory Chacon and her associates is at the core of our
efforts to degrade these dangerous drug trafficking organizations,” said OFAC
Director Adam J. Szubin. “By designating
additional elements of the Chacon Rossell network, OFAC continues to undermine
the organization’s ability to launder narcotics proceeds.”
Marllory Dadiana Chacon
Rossell leads a drug trafficking and money laundering organization based out of
Guatemala with operations in Honduras and Panama that supplies Mexican drug
cartels, including Los Zetas. OFAC
designated Chacon Rossell as an SDNT in January 2012, along with three of her
top associates, Jorge Andres Fernandez Carbajal, Hayron Eduardo Borrayo
Lasmibat, and Mirza Silvana Hernandez De Borrayo, and four entities located in
Guatemala and Panama. Chacon Rossell is
responsible for transshipping thousands of kilograms of cocaine per month and
is believed to launder tens of millions of U.S. dollars in narcotics proceeds
OFAC coordinated with the
Drug Enforcement Administration on this investigation. Today’s action is part of ongoing efforts
pursuant to the Kingpin Act to apply financial measures against significant
foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury
Department has designated more than 1,100 individuals and entities pursuant to
the Kingpin Act since June 2000.
“DEA and the Treasury
Department are attacking drug trafficking organizations at every level, using
the law enforcement tools necessary to dismantle the financial networks of
these dangerous criminal groups,” said DEA Chief of Financial Operations John
Arvanitis. “This organization's ability
to launder drug trafficking proceeds will be severely hindered as a result of
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 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.
To view a chart of the
Chacon Rossell affiliates, click here.