Alleged smuggler’s assets are frozen
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.