JULY 09 (MIAMI) –Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (SDFL), announced the filing of one count indictment charging four defendants for their participation in an international money laundering in which they laundered millions of dollars for transnational drug trafficking organizations.
Charged in the indictment were Dilleman Hernando Solorzano-Lozano, 46, Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz, 77, Henry Guberek Grimberg, 55, and Johanna Patricia Ceballos-Bueno, 27, all Colombian nationals. More specifically, the defendants are charged with conspiracy to launder the illegal proceeds from the manufacture, importation, sale, and distribution of a controlled substance. If convicted, the defendants face a possible maximum statutory sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
In a separate action also announced today, the US Department of the Treasury designated Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz, Henry Guberek Grimberg, and Johanna Patricia Ceballos-Bueno, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). This action, taken pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), generally prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these entities and individuals, and freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. Since June, 2001, the Treasury Department has designated more than 1,200 individuals and entities linked to 103 drug kingpins.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville stated, “Drug traffickers' main motivation to enter the illegal drug trade is making money, and they will go to any length to hide and protect their drug profits. These bad actors often depend on international businesses to facilitate the illegal movement of their drug profits. But be on notice: whether you are a successful businessman or a secretary, if you assist drug traffickers to launder their funds, you will face the same justice.”
U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer stated, “Money launderers provide a critical service to narco-traffickers, helping them to wash, move, and hide their drug money. Today’s indictment, however, sends a message to those who hide behind seemingly legitimate businesses to launder drug money. The reach of American justice is as long as it is strong. With the help of our international law enforcement partners, we will find you and you will be brought to justice.”
“Money laundering is the lifeblood of the narcotics trafficking world,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Our action against this major money laundering network strikes a powerful blow at the illicit profits flows of criminals like Ayman Joumaa and Linares Castillo.”
SAC Trouville would like thank the DEA Bogota Country Office, Little Rock District Office, Ponce Resident Office, New England Field Division, the US Attorney’s Office of the SDFL, and the US Treasury Department for their assistance.