Friday, August 21, 2009

US Treasury sanctions alleged FARC contact and his companies

By Sarah N. Lynch
DOW JONES Newswires

Washington -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday it has sanctioned Jose Cayetano Melo Perilla for assisting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, with narcotics trafficking.

Treasury said Melo Perilla, a Colombian national who resides in Costa Rica, is a drug trafficker and financial contact for the FARC's 27th front.

The Treasury's office of foreign assets control also additionally named four entities that are controlled or directed by Melo Perilla: Carillanca Colombia Y Cia S en CS, a Colombian company dedicated to hydroponic agriculture; Carillanca SA, a Costa Rican company involved in tomato cultivation; Carillanca C.A., a Venezuela-based real estate and construction company; and Parqueadero De La 25- 13, a commercial parking lot in Bogota, Colombia.

The Treasury said Thursday's announcement marks the tenth set of designations under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act since 2004. The act allows the U.S. government to freeze assets that Melo Perilla and other designees have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits them from doing business with the U.S.

"Although recent actions by the Colombian government have undercut FARC significantly, it continues to be the leading trafficker of narcotics out of Colombia," said Adam J. Szubin, the director of the department's foreign assets control office.

FARC was designated as a global terrorist by the U.S. in 2001 and as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.

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