Last week the Federal government announced sanctions against an Argentinian network it says is involved in trafficking illegal narcotics online.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) singled out a series of firms located in Argentina, Colombia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands as allegedly being part of a network to market and deliver illegal synthetic opioids via an online network of websites claiming to act as pharmacies.
Per investigators, the sites sell Schedule II and Schedule IV narcotics to customers (including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Tramadol) illegally to buyers in the United States and other areas who do not have a prescription for such medicines. Nine companies were named as part of the network, plus eight Argentine nationals who they say were involved in laundering money for the operation. Five of the eight Argentinians are also under indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
In addition, 7 United States companies were named in the release, two of which are Delaware entities, another three are Texas corporations, and the remaining two are based in Florida. Four condos in Miami were also blocked as part of the OFAC’s actions.
As a result of OFAC’s designations, those parties so designated are legally prohibited from exercising ownership rights in any property residing within the jurisdiction of the United States, and Americans are forbidden from knowingly conducting business with such parties.
The parties designated under this action were named under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Since its implementation in 2000, over 2,200 individuals and entities have been named by the Federal government under the Act.
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