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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Pre-License Check 050197112

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R 021622Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY BOGOTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1307
INFO RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
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UNCLAS BOGOTA 003495

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
PM/DTCC BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR, KYLE M. BALLARD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC CO
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN PRE-LICENSE CHECK 050197112

REF: STATE 113907

1. (U) Summary. Per reftel, Emboffs traveled to the offices of JFW
Colombia S.A. (JFW) in Bogota on November 17 and met with JFW
manager Ricardo Roig. JFW is a small weapons broker that has
contracted with Colombian National Police and military previously.
JFW provided Emboffs the contract for ammunition cartridges for
the Colombian National Police (CNP) - the end-user. CNP officials
confirmed this contract order to Emboffs. End Summary.

2. (U) Emboffs were met by manager Ricardo Javier Lopez Roig at
his offices in a business area in north Bogota. The offices were
small and only Roig and his secretary were present. Roig explained
that the staff usually works from home and rarely comes into the
office. JFW was registered in 2005 and is a family-run business
with six partners and five employees. According to the business
registry Roig provided to Emboffs, the principal partners are his
brothers-in-law: Daniel Ricardo Pulido Riveros, Rafael Eduardo
Orozco Marino and Soraya Orozco Marino. Other partners listed are:
Luis Alerto Camacho Gomez, Aurora Marino Leal and Rocio del Pilar
Orozco.

3. (U) Prior to JFW, the business was known as Ricardo Lopez Roig
y Asociados Limitados for sixteen years. The family decided to
register as JFW about five years ago and establish a sister company
JFW American Technology Inc. (JFW American) in the U.S. to ease tax
burdens and the paperwork involved in acting as a legal
representative for over forty separate foreign companies in
Colombia. By establishing a company that represents U.S. companies
in the U.S., JFW can also import products into Colombia more easily
from the United States. The owner of JFW American is Mr. Roig's
brother. The companies JFW represents export military supplies
through JFW, including rifles, machine guns, and ammunition. Roig
also mentioned that the company imports items from Canada, the
Czech Republic, and Italy, including machinery used in the
manufacture of ammunition and night vision goggles from Canada. Mr.
Roig specified that he does not import electronics or aviation
equipment. JFW negotiates prices, competes for contracts, and acts
as the legal representative for these companies in Colombia.

4. (U) Roig showed Emboffs a large binder of documentation for
each sale, and provided Emboffs with a copy of the CNP contract .
Roig explained that CNP chose his company to broker the sale
because it is a small company willing to make smaller purchases,
unlike larger brokers. Roig stated that he had worked with CNP
before, but this was the first time importing ammunition. According
to Roig, JFW sells approximately US $1.2 million worth of arms and
munitions yearly.

5. (U) Roig stated that JFW deals exclusively with Colombian
military and police, and does not sell equipment outside of
Colombia or to private parties. Roig explained that once the
supplies are flown into Bogota, they are accompanied by the branch
of the Colombian military or police that ordered the equipment.
Roig understands that these items may not be re-transferred or
re-exported without prior consent of the United States. He added
that at no point does JFW take possession of or store the equipment
it brokers. The security in the offices was light but appeared
adequate given that JFW does not store the materials it brokers.
Roig appeared to have in-depth knowledge and documentation
concerning the license in question.

6. (U) Prior to the site visit to JFW, the CNP office of
international cooperation verbally confirmed the JFW contract. CNP
officials explained that the reason for the small contract order of
ammunition cartridges was due to limited end-of-years funds.
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