Arizona couple jailed for 10 years in laundering conspiracy

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

GREENBELT, Md. -- An Arizona couple who were leaders in a laundering conspiracy were sentenced Monday to over 10 years in prison, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Jose Valenzuela, 59, and his wife Beatriz, 56, of Nogales utilized a package shipping business they owned to send more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from Arizona to Maryland.

Antonio Hill, Jr. coordinated the shipments and managed the laundering of proceeds. His brother, Erico Hill, coordinated the distribution of marijuana in Maryland.

The Valenzuelas were sentenced to about 130 months in federal prison, five years of supervised release, and were forced to forfeit nearly $2 million in bank accounts and cash.