Search

 

Cablegate: Increasing Asset Seizures: A Step Forward In

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHBO #7421 2892238
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 162238Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9548
INFO RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA PRIORITY 7800
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 9419
RUEHPE/AMEMBASSY LIMA PRIORITY 5512
RUEHZP/AMEMBASSY PANAMA PRIORITY 0718
RUEHQT/AMEMBASSY QUITO PRIORITY 6109
RUEHGL/AMCONSUL GUAYAQUIL PRIORITY 4119
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY

UNCLAS BOGOTA 007421

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREF PREL PTER PHUM CO
SUBJECT: INCREASING ASSET SEIZURES: A STEP FORWARD IN
COLOMBIA'S FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTRAFFICKING

-------
SUMMARY
-------
1. (U) In the past three months, the GOC seized close to a
billion dollars in assets tied to major narcotraffickers,
including infamous ex-paramilitaries "Macaco" and Vicente
Castano, and drug trafficker "Chupeta." The seizures reflect
excellent US-GOC law enforcement cooperation, as well as the
GOC's streamlining of asset seizure procedures. END SUMMARY.

---------------
RECENT SEIZURES
---------------
2. (SBU) On August 27, the GOC seized 322 properties tied to
Juan Carlos Ramirez-Abadia, aka "Chupeta," arrested on August
7 in Brazil. The properties included a Caribbean island and
numerous buildings throughout Colombia, with a total
estimated value of USD400 million. According to Judatt, GOC
authorities expect to seize additional properties with a
total estimated value between USD450-600 million.

3. (U) On September 25, the GOC seized 17 assets tied to
Carlos Mario Jimenez, aka "Macaco" including four vehicles,
five companies, seven commercial establishments, and a boat.
On August 27, Macaco was removed from the Justice and Peace
process for continuing to engage in criminal activity from
jail, and is being detained on board a Colombian Navy ship
for security reasons.

4. (U) On September 26 and 27, the GOC seized over one
hundred properties near Medellin tied to Vicente Castano, a
former AUC leader who is still at-large. The total value was
estimated between $50 and $75 million. Castano, who refused
to demobilize under the Justice and Peace Law, has continued
to engage in drug trafficking and other crimes, and is likely
associated with emerging criminal groups in Antioquia,
Casanare, and Meta.

-----------------
THE LEGAL PROCESS
-----------------
5. (U) The Colombian Attorney General's National Unit to
Combat Money Laundering (UNCLA) leads the legal process for
the seizure of narcotraffickers' assets. Once assets have
been identified and confiscated, they are transferred to the
National Narcotics Directorate (DNE), an executive-level body
charged with managing seized assets.

6. (U) Over the past year, officials from DOJ's Narcotics and
Dangerous Drugs Section (NDDS) and Asset Forfeiture and Money
Laundering Section (AFMLS) traveled to Colombia to help
counterparts at UNCLA and DNE make processes more efficient
and cost-effective. These recent seizures show the success of
this collaboration.
Brownfield

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Myanmar: Stop ‘Widespread Violence’ Against Children, UN Officials Urge

Senior United Nations officials on Thursday strongly condemned the ongoing violence by Myanmar’s security forces against civilians, including children, as the members of the Security Council expressed alarm at the rapidly deteriorating situation in ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>

How Can We Vaccinate The World? Five Challenges Facing The UN-Backed COVAX Programme

The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort ... More>>

Department Of Global Communications: UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ Message For World Health Day 2021

5 APRIL 2021 As COVID-19 Reveals Immoral Inequities in Health System, Secretary-General Observance Message Calls for Applying Policies, Assigning Resources to Ensure Everyone Thrives Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World ... More>>