Article: Gang boss laundering money for drug cartels handed over to Poland

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Gang boss laundering money for drug cartels handed over to Poland

thefirstnews, 17 May 2021

A Dutch court has agreed to hand over to Poland a gang boss laundering money for Colombian drug cartels.

Shalom Lior A. (name withheld), wanted on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW), was the boss of a gang which had laundered PLN 1.4 billion (EUR 304 million) for Colombian drug cartels.

An investigation into an international organised crime gang laundering money coming from drug trafficking and internet crimes, so-called phishing, has been carried out by a Lower Silesian unit of the Department for Investigations of Organised Crime and Corruption at the National Prosecutor’s Office in Wroclaw (western Poland). Continue reading “Article: Gang boss laundering money for drug cartels handed over to Poland”

Article: Chinese money-laundering rings in Chicago, New York cleaning Mexican drug cartel cash

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Chinese money-laundering rings in Chicago, New York cleaning Mexican drug cartel cash

Frank Main and Jon Seidel , 30 April 2021

A Chinese money-launderer was about to pick up Mexican drug-cartel cash in Chicago, federal authorities say, when his plans suddenly changed.

They say the suspected launderer got a call from a man he thought was a Mexican money courier who told him they needed to change their meeting place because he’d spotted a cop. “You Asian, I’m Mexican — not a good look,” the courier said in the 2017 phone call, court records show.

So they picked a different address to meet. They described their cars to each other. And when they met on the Southwest Side, they had a way to identify each other, authorities say: The money-launderer handed the courier a $1 bill. The men had agreed earlier that the serial number on the bill — G5915410C — would confirm the Chinese man’s identity. Authorities say that’s common in the world of drug-trafficking. Continue reading “Article: Chinese money-laundering rings in Chicago, New York cleaning Mexican drug cartel cash”

Article: Eight Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and Money Laundering Conspiracy

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Eight Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and Money Laundering Conspiracy

District of Massachusetts, 24 March 2021

BOSTON – Eight people were charged in federal court in Boston in connection with an investigation into a Boston-based fentanyl and cocaine trafficking and money laundering organization.

According to charging documents, a year-long wiretap investigation revealed that the defendants, who were directly connected to a poly-drug trafficking organization operating in Mexico, were actively distributing fentanyl and cocaine and laundering drug proceeds on behalf of a Mexican organization.

“All eyes have been on the COVID pandemic, but the opioid epidemic continues to kill thousands of people in Massachusetts each year,” said Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell. “Prosecuting drug traffickers who profit off of addiction and desperation is essential to save lives, protect the vulnerable and make communities safer. On behalf of all our federal partners, I would like to acknowledge the exceptional work of the Massachusetts State Police in this case. Their investigative skills and commitment to teamwork made this result possible.” Continue reading “Article: Eight Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Fentanyl and Cocaine and Money Laundering Conspiracy”

Alleged RCMP mole accused of selling secrets to kingpin money launderer and terror-financier’s network

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Alleged RCMP mole accused of selling secrets to kingpin money launderer and terror-financier’s network

Sam Cooper, Global News, 14 January 2021

In October 2014, Canadian intelligence leaders were invited to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va. The DEA had a theory: the upper echelons of global money laundering, terrorism, drug-trafficking and organized crime all bleed together. And only a handful of men in this murky world of extremely powerful criminals had organizations capable of laundering more than $10 billion annually. Continue reading “Alleged RCMP mole accused of selling secrets to kingpin money launderer and terror-financier’s network”