Since 2000,the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has compiled a list of more than 1,800 individuals and entities accused of international drug trafficking under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (or Kingpin Act). Once you are named to this list, it’s a wrap for you as far as the United States is concerned. You are blacklisted, meaning that your assets in US controlled territories are frozen and no US citizens can do any business with you. The latest added to this list is Tanzanian kingpin Ali Khatib Haji Hassan, better known as “Shkuba,” and his organization.
According to the US Treasury, Shkuba is the heroin and cocaine plug for mad drug traffickers in Tanzania. He and his organization receive tons dope from Southwest Asia by sea at the Makran coast of Pakistan and Iran. Since 2006, Shkuba has been transporting these heroin shipments to China, Europe, and the United States. He is also accused of overseeing a massive drug network in Latin America, flooding Europe and China with tons of the white, via East Africa.
After a two year manhunt, Shuba was arrested by Tanzanian authorities for a 2012 seizure of 210 kilos of heroin in Lindi, Tanzania. However, he still remains a threat by bribing government officials in Africa, to evade arrest and prosecution. According to OFAC Acting Director John E. Smith, “Narcotics traffickers like the Hassan Drug Trafficking Organization pose a significant threat to the international financial system and regional stability, and Treasury remains committed to exposing and targeting those fueling the global drug trade.”
In addition to the penalties named before, Shkuba faces the following: