US Sanctions Major Guatemalan Drug Trafficker
By Dialogo January 23, 2012
On January 17, the U.S. Treasury Department included Marllory Dadiana Chacón, the leader of a Guatemalan gang linked to Mexican cartels, on its list of individuals considered drug traffickers and subject to sanctions, the department announced in a statement.
Chacón was included on the list together with seven other individuals, including her husband, Jorge Andrés Carbajal, two Guatemalan firms, and two Panamanian firms, all linked to her organization, the Treasury indicated.
The U.S. authorities consider Chacón one of the most active drug traffickers in Central America, the head of an operational network stretching from Guatemala to Honduras and Panama that has sent thousands of kilos of cocaine a month to Mexican cartels.
At the same time, her gang launders tens of millions of dollars of drug money a month, according to the department.
When someone is added to the Treasury list, his or her assets in the United States are seized, and no citizen of that country is permitted to conduct business with him or her.
“Marllory Chacon’s drug trafficking activities and her ties to the Mexican drug cartels make her a critical figure in the narcotics trade,” affirmed Adam Szubin, in charge of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Since 2000, the Treasury has added more than 1,000 individuals from around the world to its list of drug traffickers.