Nine people have been indicted on charges they laundered $1.1 million in cash stemming from an investigation into cocaine trafficking in the Tucson area.
The alleged head of the operation, Manuel Duarte, Jr., laundered more than $500,000 in his own bank accounts from 2010 through 2012 alone, said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.
Indictments were also handed up by a Pima County Grand Jury against other alleged members of the drug money laundering organization. They were identified as:
Jesus Roberto Urrutia-Ramirez
Alexis Goevanni Cervantes
Manuel Flores Duarte
Englantina Burrola Duarte
Glenda Duarte Moreno
They have been charged with illegally conducting an enterprise, assisting a criminal syndicate, and various counts of money laundering.
The Border Crimes Enforcement Section of the Arizona Attorney General's Office began a probe into possible money laundering activities of Manuel Duarte, Jr. and his friends and family following an investigation launched last year by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Investigators said they found evidence the group laundered about $1.1 million in cash from 2010 through the beginning of 2013 utilizing various bank accounts.
The group also laundered drug proceeds through real estate purchases. The probe identified nine properties that were involved.
Racketeering liens have been placed on these properties by the Arizona Attorney General's Office. Any property or cash forfeited as a result of this investigation will go toward supporting further law enforcement efforts targeted at investigating and prosecuting other racketeering offenses.
This case was investigated by the Border Crimes Section of the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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