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Four South Texas residents, two Mexican nationals sentenced for roles in drug cartel money laundering operation

April 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Four South Texas residents, two Mexican nationals sentenced for roles in drug cartel money laundering operation

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Four residents of the Rio Grande Valley and two Mexicans were sentenced to jail for their participation in a money laundering operation for drug cartels.

Roosevelt Antonio Faz, 49, and Ted Cantu, 48, Sandra Haro, 37, ; Guillermo Treviño, 44, Maria Elena Boñilla-Torres, 41, of Puente de Camciclan, Mexico; and Erwin Rolando Contreras-Mata, 27, of Reynosa, Mexico, all pleaded guilty back in August 2016.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Faz to over 11 years behind bars while Haro was hit with more than a decade. Moreover, Treviño and Boñilla-Torres will serve six years, according to the Brownsville Herald.

Alvarez also required Faz, Treviño, and Haro to hand over more than $1.8 million in drug-related profits — while an additional $1 million was confiscated during the investigation.

“The forfeiture order was the result of two days of testimony and evidence presented, which established that this group had been working to launder drug proceeds since 2014 and that they had laundered the additional $1,825,000,” a press release stated.

Contreras-Mata and Cantu were also sentenced on Thursday to serve more than three years each for their roles in the money laundering operation.

Last year, Faz confessed to managing the pick-up of drug money in Atlanta, Georgia, and St. Louis, Missouri, and that he did so for Javier Reyna, another defendant.

Cantu and Treviño were truck drivers who confessed to picking up the money in Atlanta and St. Louis, respectively, according to Faz’s orders. Contreras-Mata picked up drug money from Faz on behalf of Reyna.

Reyna, 44, of Peñitas, is a fugitive and there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest

Boñilla-Torres managed the stash house in McAllen owned by Haro where the drug proceeds were stored before being smuggled into Mexico. Haro confessed to handling the communications between Reyna and the individual receiving the cash in Mexico.

Cantu and Contreras-Mata each agreed to relinquish the money seized directly from them in the course of the probe as part of their plea deals.

Boñilla-Torres and Contreras-Mata have been and will remain behind bars.

Faz and Haro were taken into custody after Thursday’s hearing, while Treviño and Cantu were permitted to stay on bond and voluntarily surrender to a prison which will be determined shortly.

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