September 16, 2021

OFAC designates Columbian narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Kingpin Act

On September 16, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Zulma Maria Musso Torres under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker.  Musso Torres, who is the leader of  an international drug trafficking organization (DTO) based primarily in Columbia, was designated along with her two sons and her husband who were sanctioned for providing material support to Musso Torres’ narcotics trafficking activities.  In addition, two Columbian entities that are owned or controlled by Musso Torres’ sons were also designated under the Kingpin Act.

Musso Torres’ DTO helps facilitate the transportation of multi-ton quantities of cocaine from Columbia to the US, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico by controlling certain key maritime corridors in northern Colombia.  She then collects a per kilogram tax from narcotics traffickers who pass through the areas she controls in exchange for protection and safe passage of their drug shipments.

As a result of these designations, all property and property interests belonging to the sanctioned persons and entities that are subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and all transactions with US persons are generally prohibited.

Department of Treasury Press Release