OFAC targets Colombian cocaine trafficking network by adding three to Kingpin SDN list

OFAC has designated two Colombian nationals (Tito Aldemar Ruano Yandun and Junior Onofre Aguino Arboleda) and a Colombian entity (Ruano Yandun Drug Trafficking Organization) as Specifically Designated Narcotic Traffickers (SDNTs), pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Mr. Ruano Yandun is stated to be “the leader of an international drug trafficking organization responsible for the production, transportation, and trafficking of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador through Central America and Mexico using speedboats, fishing vessels, and self-propelled semi-submersible vessels, ultimately bound for the United States”. Mr. Aguino Arboleda has been designated for “his role [in] supporting and coordinating maritime drug trafficking activities in Colombia and Ecuador for [Mr.] Ruano Yandun”.

Click here for the OFAC Notice, and here for the US Treasury press release.

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