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Florida brothers sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for running Pensacola drug trafficking and money laundering ring

August 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida brothers sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for running Pensacola drug trafficking and money laundering ring Joseph Booker (left), Aaron Booker (right) (Photo: Courtesy of Escambia County Jail)

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Two brothers in Pensacola have each been sentenced to 20 years in a federal lockup for their participation in a cross-country drug trafficking and money laundering enterprise.

Joseph F. Booker Jr., 29, was sentenced to 20 years behind bars on Tuesday, and 27-year-old Aaron M. Booker, was also sentenced to 20 years two days later.

Two other defendants charged in the drug trafficking conspiracy have also been sentenced.

Kaishawndra Lyons, 25, was given four years in federal prison, and 35-year-old Uy Nguyen, 35, of California, was given 84 months early last month,  Christopher P. Canova, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, indicated in a press release.

Federal, state and local authorities have been investigating the multi-state trafficking and money laundering enterprise since 2015.

The probe revealed that between 2015 and 2017, Nguyen sent packages of cocaine and marijuana from California to the brothers in Florida.

The Booker brothers and Lyons sent over two dozen packages filled with cash to Nguyen to pay for the drugs.

During their inquiry, police intercepted multiple packages of drugs that Nguyen sent to his co-conspirators.

Kaishawndra Lyons (left) and Uy Nguyen (right)

Bank documents showed that the Booker brothers and Lyons laundered drug proceeds by depositing funds from the drug sales into bank accounts Nguyen opened in California.

Last December, authorities searched Nguyen’s home and car in northern California and found marijuana along with a receipt for a newly mailed package sent to Pensacola.

Police intercepted the parcel, which was stuffed with pounds of marijuana.

The Lyons/Booker house in Pensacola was raided and police discovered o $300,000 over and more than $300,000 worth of jewelry and designer clothing.

Based on drug invoices, police ascertained that the conspiracy involved 250 kilos of marijuana and over 5 kilos of cocaine.

They also learned that the four men laundered more than $250,000 through accounts and jewelry stores between Pensacola, northern California and other areas in the U.S.

All four defendants have entered guilty pleas for conspiring to commit money laundering. Nguyen and the

The Booker brothers also pleaded guilty for conspiring to distribute controlled substances, and Lyons also pleaded guilty to providing a false statement to federal officials.

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