Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Twofer for the Treasury: An Iranian Trafficker of Afghan Drugs

Bahram Ali Shayesteh must be competing to aggressively against the CIA.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control today designated Iranian narcotics trafficker Bahram Ali Shayesteh as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).

According to the Treasury, Bahram Ali Shayesteh has been involved in millions of dollars of transactions with Afghan narcotics traffickers. He has facilitated the exportation of thousands of kilograms of crystal grade heroin out of Afghanistan and has been responsible for providing hundreds of liters of heroine precursors to Afghan narcotics traffickers.

“By cracking down on the financial support for his international drug trafficking operation, today’s action aims to disrupt Bahram Ali Shayesteh’s nefarious activities,” said OFAC Director Adam Szubin.

Shayesteh is the managing director and 70 percent owner of Intercontinental Baumaschinen und Nutzfahrzeuge Handels GmbH, a Germany-based industrial transportation company also designated today. His wife, Chief Executive Officer and 30 percent owner of the company, Guelin Oezer-Shayesteh was also designated for acting for or on behalf of her husband and Intercontinental Baumaschinen und Nutzfahrzeuge Handels GmbH.

As a result of today's action, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Shayesteh, his wife, and his company, and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

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