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Former Mexican prosecutor among 15 indicted by feds in Texas on drug traficking, money laundering charges

June 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former Mexican prosecutor among 15 indicted by feds in Texas on drug traficking, money laundering charges

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Authorities rounded up 15 people on Thursday in connection with a drug trafficking and money laundering indictment unsealed in a Texas federal court.

Federal agents raided homes in Hildago County and Mission, Texas arresting 15 people on Thursday, including a former Mexican official with significant political connections, Valley Central News reported.

The arrests stemmed from a joint investigation involving the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration, Waco Treasury Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

U.S. Prosecutors accuse the 15 co-conspirators, most of whom are Texas residents, of engaging in an operation out of Cameron and Hildago counties that involved the laundering of illegal proceeds gained from the importation, receiving, concealment, buying, and selling of cocaine.

The indictment further accuses the defendants of engaging in an ongoing effort to conceal the source of the drug proceeds by transporting or transmitting illicit funds to locations outside of the United States.

Over the course of the investigation, authorities secured the seizures of 100 kilograms of cocaine, over a half million worth of farm equipment, over 60 firearms, more than 30 horses, $50,000 in cash and 20 vehicles.

U.S. authorities also seek the confiscation of twelve properties allegedly purchased with illicit proceeds derived from the trafficking narcotics.

Among the 15 co-conspirators charged are:

Jesus Jaime Andrade, 37, of Mission
Sergio Guadalupe Adame-Ochoa, 65, of McAllen
Jose Luis Villarreal-Arelis, 57, of Mission
Juan Villarreal-Arelis, 43, of Mission
Norma Leticia Villarreal-Garcia, 47, of Mission
Reymundo Villarreal-Arelis, 45, of Mission
Jose Luis Villarreal-Gonzalez, 32, of Mission
Jovanna Villarreal-Diaz, 37, of Mission
Manuel Villarreal-Garcia, 40, of Mission
Juan Antonio Villarreal, 25, of Mission
Raymundo Villarreal Jr., 23, of Mission
Nancy Isela Villarreal-Gonzalez, 51, of Mission
Gilberto Villarreal-Villarreal, 27, of Mission
Iza Corina Flores-Alanis, 36, of Mission
Denis Winn, 54, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma

According to the San Antonio Express-News, among those charged includes Sergio Guadalupe Adame-Ochoa, the former Director of Intelligence and Security for the Mexican state of Jalisco, who stands accused of conspiring to launder money for members of a Mexican drug cartel.

Federal investigators said Adame-Ochoa also refinanced a $1 million note with Texas Regional Bank to buy Riverside Plaza in Mission and fraudulently listed having an annual income or cash flow over $500,000, according to the charges enumerated in the indictment.

If convicted, the 15 defendants face a minimum of 20 years in prison on money laundering charges, ten years for the drug conspiracy charges, up to and an additional five years for violating the federal structuring statute.

Preliminary hearings are set to begin next week. Federal officials said the investigation remains ongoing.

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