Al­leged smug­gler’s as­sets are frozen

The Washington Post - - NEWS - — Carol Morello

The Trea­sury Depart­ment on Wed­nes­day named a Colom­bian in­dicted on co­caine charges as a des­ig­nated nar­cotics traf­ficker, freez­ing any as­sets he may have in the United States.

The Of­fice of For­eign As­sets Con­trol said Tito Alde­mar Ruano Yan­dun is a drug king­pin re­spon­si­ble for smug­gling tons of co­caine into the United States. His drug or­ga­ni­za­tion also was sanc­tioned, as was Onofre Ju­nior Aguiño Ar­boleda, who the Trea­sury Depart­ment said helped co­or­di­nate mar­itime smug­gling.

Ac­cord­ing to U.S. of­fi­cials, Ruano Yan­dun’s drug or­ga­ni­za­tion smug­gled co­caine from Colom­bia and Ecuador through Cen­tral Amer­ica and Mex­ico us­ing sub­marines, fish­ing boats and small, self­pro­pelled sub­marines.

Ruano Yan­dun and Aguiño Ar­boleda were in­dicted in Jan­uary in fed­eral court in New York on charges of con­spir­ing to dis­trib­ute co­caine in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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