On April 7, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Abid Ali Khan and his group the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO), a human smuggling organization based in Pakistan, for helping foreign nationals, including those who may pose a national security risk to the US, gain unlawful entry into the US using various travel routes through Latin America. These designations were made pursuant to Executive Order 13851, “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” as amended. OFAC also designated three of Khan’s associates who procured fraudulent travel and asylum-related documents for Abid Ali Khan TCO. All three were designated pursuant to EO 13851 for providing material assistance to or acting on behalf of Abid Ali Khan TCO.
As a result of these designations, all assets belonging to the named individuals and entity that are under US control are blocked, and all transactions with US persons are generally prohibited.