Dominican Republic drug kingpin & human trafficker “César the abuser” listed by OFAC

By Christine Duhaime | August 25th, 2019

On August 20, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“) designated César Emilio Peralta, a national from the Dominican Republic and the criminal organization he is said to control, as significant narcotics traffickers and a drug kingpin under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Peralta is known as “César the Abuser” (el abusador) in the Dominican Republic. Peralta’s criminal organization is alleged to traffic cocaine and opioids for Mexican cartels to foreign countries, including into the US and Europe and to use front companies and nightclubs to launder money and traffic women from Colombia and Venezuela. Peralta has a criminal record for involvement in narcotics trafficking. César Peralta has an Instagram account, @cesar_emilio_peralta30, that is now private.

The Dominican Republic has issued a warrant for the arrest of Peralta who remains at large.

César the Abuser’s wife is Marisol Mercedes Franco.

This newspaper spoke to a source who alleges that Peralta was tipped off and left the country a week before. Marisol Franco’s sister is the politician, Berlinesa Franco, who periodically posts pictures of herself and the president of the country online.

Marisol Franco is the daughter of another major drug trafficking fugitive named Franklin Franco.

Franklin Franco escaped from prison in the US and has been wanted by the US Marshal Service since 1987 on an outstanding warrant from the SDNY. A number of Dominican news articles, including this one, say that Franco was connected at the highest levels and protected by the Dominican Republic government for decades and that the government refused to take steps to extradite him to the US.

According to media reports in the Dominican Republic, Marisol Franco used to be married to Sergio Moya de la Cruz.

Sergio Moya de la Cruz was charged in the Dominican Republic in 1998 with money laundering. He later got into the gambling business and owned a number of what are called “bancas” – little huts where one can place bets and wagers. He is now a politician in the Dominican Republic, even though two global drug traffickers comprise his close family – Franklin Franco is his former father-in-law. Sergio Moya follows Franklin Franco on Instagram (@franklinfranco23).

Sergio Moya’s associate in the bancas gambling business was at one time, Winston Rizik Rodriguez, another major drug trafficker wanted by the US Marshal Service, who is currently incarcerated in the Dominican Republic serving a ten year sentence for money laundering and drug trafficking.Rizik-Rodriquez and Franklin Franco lived un-incarcerated for decades in the Dominican Republic and appear to have accumulated considerable wealth, even though unemployed. The photo on the left is modern-day Franklin Franco with a Ferrari. The Instagram account of Berlinesa Franco includes pictures of her traveling to the US, apparently without impediment, despite who her father is and that her brother-in-law is an alleged major international human and drug trafficker.

And Sergio Moya has a tie to another person with a criminal record – a Canadian incarcerated in the Dominican Republic on remand named Zeljko Zderic allegedly originally a Bosnian national from Travnički who uses the names Sasha Vujacic and Pavle Kolic.

According to an audio recording in evidence in a trial in the Dominican Republic, Sasha Vujacic is alleged to have said that he has been a member of the Montreal Mafia for 31 years.

Vujacic appears to have been introduced to Sergio Moya de la Cruz by a Canadian named Andrew Pajak, who according to Court records, has operated the Dream Casinos gambling chain in the Dominican Republic since mid-2013. According to Canadian media reports, Pajak was video taped saying he is a money mover for the mob in Canada.

There is another audio recording circulating of Sasha Vujacic telephoning Sergio Moya de la Cruz at home in the Dominican Republic in 2013 in which he says that he is a friend of Pajak and was calling him to pick up a car. An adult woman who speaks English takes over the call at the home of Sergio Moya to translate the conversation for Sasha Vujacic and Sergio Moya – and that woman may have been Marisol Franco.

Below is a picture from CBC News of Sasha Vujacic (in black) with mafia leader Vito Rizzuto (wearing glasses), now deceased, who was head of the Canadian Sicilian Mafia in Montreal and with Toronto’s Frank Campoli, checking out one of the Dream casinos in the Dominican Republic in August 2013.

Sergio Moya de la Cruz seems to be the connective tissue between all of these people.

A good summary of Peralta and his connections to the Franco family and Sergio Moya de la Cruz is here.

The Dominican Republic is known as a premier transit country for drugs from Colombia and Mexico en route to Canada, the US and Europe because of its non-existent financial crime controls and its pervasive corruption. It is also known as a major human trafficking country where mostly Venezuelian children and teenagers who are trafficked there, are forced into sex slavery for tourists from the US, Canada and Europe.

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