Nine indicted in Tucson money laundering operation

Nine indicted in Tucson money laundering operation

Nine indicted in Tucson money laundering operation

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 2:34 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nine people have been indicted in Pima County for allegedly laundering $1.1 million in drug proceeds over two years.

A Pima County Grand Jury indicted the individuals on charges of illegally conducting an enterprise, assisting a criminal syndicate, and various counts of money laundering.

In 2012, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating a possible cocaine trafficking organization operating in the Tucson area.

Following the investigation, the Border Crimes Enforcement Section of the Arizona Attorney General's Office began looking into possible money laundering activities involving Manuel Duarte Jr. and his friends and family.

The Attorney General's Office said the group laundered roughly $1.1 million in cash from 2010 to early 2013, utilizing various bank accounts.

According to the Attorney General's Office, Manuel Duarte Jr. headed the operation, laundering more than $500,000 in his own bank accounts from 2010 to 2012.

The group also allegedly laundered drug proceeds through real estate purchases involving nine different properties.

Racketeering liens have been placed on the properties, and any property or cash forfeited will support the investigation and prosecution of other racketeering offenses, the Attorney General's Office said.

The alleged members of the operation who were indicted are Manuel Duarte Jr., Jesus Roberto Urrutia-Ramirez, Justine Calderon, Geraldine Calderon, Alexis Goevanni Cervantes, Kathleen Duarte, Manuel Flores Duarte, Englantina Burrola Duarte, and Glenda Duarte Moreno.

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