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U.S. Treasury designates Afghan drug trafficker

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With the collaboration between Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC), the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today took a strong action and put Afghan national Pahlawan Rozi, on the government designated list for his significant role in international narcotics trafficking, as pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons in which Rozi has an interest is blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.

Criminal penalties for individuals may include up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin stated, “Treasury will not tolerate these illicit activities, which undermine confidence in the legitimate financial system, and we will continue to target and expose criminals like Rozi.”

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