SDN Moves: Iran Designations, Trevino found guilty, SDGTs KIA and why not to have a cartel member in the family

Because the fun don’t stop until the big man says so… Yesterday OFAC released a handful of designations under the Iran tag, but no press release forthcoming.   This is also the first time that an [IRAN] designation has had an annotation stating its subject to secondary sanctions. While OFAC doesn’t explicitly come out and explain the tag, its no doubt in reference to the IFCA provisions, particularly section 2(i). Happily, OFAC has modified their own proprietary filter to reflect these changes on the small sample I checked (okay, n=2…it’s Friday and I’m apparently a lazy blogger) and warn users of the threat of secondary sanctions. The only entities exempt from these secondary sanctions are those that were designated “solely pursuant to Executive Order 13599,” i.e. those banks that are blocked for the sole nature of being owned or controlled by CBI (reflected appropriately in their own filter). On another note, Erich at Sanction Law noted that OGT has been all quiet on the east-middle-eastern-ish front (okay, give me a break, I’m trying to mix Remarque and Iran and its just not working) for almost exactly two months since some IFCA designations and three months since regular Iran designations. Mr. Ferrari thinks the dearth could be political, so does this designation package signal a swing back to the stick-over-carrot approach? Or is summer vacation just finally finished and foreign policy continues as usual? On the Mexico front, things are going swimmingly…so long is you aren’t a bro of a kingpin. A literal bro that is. Miguel Trevino’s brother was sentenced to 20 years for money laundering as Z-40 waits for his own trial to begin. Alberto Carillo Fuentes, brother of Vincente Carillo Fuentes was also arrested in Mexico. Neither individuals are designated but both were engaged in cartel operations. Borderland Beat does report that Alberto had taken control of the New Juarez Cartel1 after Vincente retired, but that’s unconfirmed at best. As much as it pains me to cite a Huffington Post article (what’s next, USAToday?), even U.S. officials aren’t exactly sure of Alberto’s role. Most likely the reason why he isn’t designated yet. Moving back to the MENA region, SDGT Sangeen Zadran is suspected of taking a dirt nap. The report in unconfirmed and sometimes these guys have a habit of rising from the dead. Just because the ISI says it’s so doesn’t make it accurate. Particularly because this guy is part of the Haqqani network.   1Super interesting article by the...

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