A Mexican national pled guilty last week to his alleged involvement in a multinational money laundering operation that helped move around $3.5 million in drug proceeds for a Mexican cartel.
Per the plea agreement the 31-year-old man made with federal prosecutors, he admitted to coordinating with couriers in Southern California to move currency across the border into Mexico. The currency's destination was an exchange house in Tijuana that was allegedly owned an operated by another individual who pled guilty to his alleged involvement in the scheme earlier this month.
The defendant moved cash that was the proceeds from sales of illicit drugs in the United States, allegedly including cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.
With this guilty plea, the defendant becomes the fifth individual to plead guilty in the alleged operation. Additionally, 20 others have already pled guilty to involvement in other aspects around the periphery of this operation. Three others pled guilty prior to last week, with one receiving a prison term of 120 months, another receiving a 132-month sentence, while a third was sentence to 135 months in federal custody without parole. The defendant in question will be sentenced this summer by U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez.
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