Wednesday, May 27, 2009

OFAC listing sets the table for Pursuit of Assets

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has promulgated a listing of 14 Individuals and 14 Business Entities, all related to the case of Pedro Antonio Bermudez Suaza (alias "El Arquitecto"), as Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker(s) (SDNT).

The key man in this network, P.A. Bermudez Suaza, is in Mexican custody facing charges there and is under indictment in the U.S.A. since September, 2008. While several other of the listed individuals are in custody as well, many are not. This OFAC listing sets the table for a massive Pursuit of Assets, which remains one of the most effective means of destroying the material components of trafficking networks.

It doesn't hurt that anything that severs the linkage between the FARC, the Colombian Cartels and the Mexican Cartels is a good thing for eventual peace and security in all the countries along the route.

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