U.S.: Israeli Played Lead Role in International Drug Money Laundering Ring

Ten Panamanian companies, 11 Colombian companies and one based in Rosh Ha'ayin allegedly built network that laundered hundreds of millions of dollars of drug money.

An Israeli-Colombian dual citizen was indicted for his alleged lead role in an international drug money laundering ring, according to an announcement published by the U.S. Department of Treasury Wednesday.

Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son Henry Guberek Grimberg − both Colombian citizens, with the son also being an Israeli citizen − were among 31 people and entities added to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s list of designated narcotics traffickers over their connections to companies in Colombia, Panama and Israel that allegedly had ties to drug dealers.

The announcement names 10 Panamanian companies, 11 Colombian companies and one based in Rosh Ha’ayin − named TFMS. The suspects allegedly built a network that laundered hundreds of millions of dollars of drug money.

In addition, the father and son were among four Colombian citizens indicted in South Florida on suspicions of international money laundering.

“Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz, a Colombian national, and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, a dual Colombian and Israeli national, lead a money laundering network based in Bogota, Colombia that launders narcotics proceeds on behalf of numerous drug trafficking organizations, including organizations based in Colombia,” stated the Department of Treasury announcement.

“Guberek Ravinovicz and Guberek Grimberg primarily rely upon the use of ostensibly legitimate textile companies within Colombia to engage in trade-based money laundering.”

Parties included on the list of drug dealers are barred from financial or commercial transactions with Americans, and are subject to having any assets within U.S. jurisdiction frozen.  

Reuters