HomeNewsBriefUS Adds Guatemalan ‘Drug Queen’ to Blacklist
BRIEF

US Adds Guatemalan 'Drug Queen' to Blacklist

GUATEMALA / 20 JAN 2012 BY GEOFFREY RAMSEY EN

The United States Treasury Department has designated a little-known Guatemalan woman as major criminal force in the country, as well as the region.

The Treasury added Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell, as well as seven other individuals and companies·to its list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers, preventing US citizens from doing business with any of them.

According to a press release by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the 39-year-old Guatemalan woman is “one of the most prolific narcotics traffickers in Central America,” whose connections to Mexican cartels make her a “critical figure” in the drug trade.

Chacon is also accused of running a money laundering network with operations in Honduras and Panama, using a string of individuals and companies across the region to launder illicit profits. The OFAC claims that she is “the most active money launderer in Guatemala.”

InSight Crime Analysis

The Treasury’s organizational chart of Chacon’s network (see below) provides an interesting look into her criminal ventures. As InSight Crime has pointed out, it is relatively rare for a woman to be at the helm of such a large scale criminal organization, giving orders to men.

Women that are, such as Sandra Avila, the “Queen of the Pacific,” frequently owe much of their power to either family ties or romantic connections with influential men. But the case of Marllory Chacon is different. The OFAC press release says that her husband merely provides “logistical support for his wife’s organization,” suggesting that Chacon is the organization’s sole leader.

As occurred in Mexico with Sandra Avila, the Guatemalan press is sure to have a field day with this indictment. One publication, the Guatemala City-based elPeriodico, is already referring to Chacon as “The Narco Queen.” Despite this hype, it is worth remembering that she is far from the largest criminal threat in the country. Powerful crime families such as the Mendozas and Lorenzanas exert an immense amount of influence in Guatemala, and Mexican groups such as the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel have drastically increased their operations there over the past few years.

ChaconRossellOrg

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ELITES AND CRIME / 1 SEP 2016

Like any arm of the justice system, the United Nations-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional Contra la…

COLOMBIA / 23 JUN 2014

One of Colombia's largest gold export companies is under investigation for money laundering and ties to narco-paramilitaries, shining…

BRAZIL / 17 AUG 2020

An agreement between a Brazilian court and Dario Messer, the key operator behind one of South America’s largest money laundering…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime’s Greater Focus on US-Mexico Border

20 JUL 2021

InSight Crime has decided to turn many of its investigative resources towards understanding and chronicling the criminal dynamics along the US-Mexico border.

THE ORGANIZATION

Key Arrests and Police Budget Increases Due to InSight Crime Investigations

8 JUL 2021

With Memo Fantasma’s arrest, InSight Crime has proven that our investigations can and will uncover major criminal threats in the Americas.

THE ORGANIZATION

Organized Crime’s Influence on Gender-Based Violence

30 JUN 2021

InSight Crime investigator Laura N. Ávila spoke on organized crime and gender-based violence at the launch of a research project by the United Nations Development Programme.

THE ORGANIZATION

Conversation with Paraguay Judicial Operators on PCC

24 JUN 2021

InSight Crime Co-director Steven Dudley formed part of a panel attended by over 500 students, all of whom work in Paraguay's judicial system.

THE ORGANIZATION

Combating Environmental Crime in Colombia

15 JUN 2021

InSight Crime presented findings from an investigation into the main criminal activities fueling environmental destruction in Colombia.