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Old 10-30-2008, 08:35 PM
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According to the three indictments and information presented in court and other public records: This long-term, multi-agency investigation targeted a group of individuals, indicted and unindicted, who are a part of a cartel-related drug trafficking organization (“DTO”), which is involved in illegal drug trafficking and money laundering in and around Atlanta, Georgia, South Texas, and other areas. Since November 2006, law enforcement has seized approximately $22 million of drug proceeds, and approximately 223 kilograms of cocaine and more than 16,000 pounds of marijuana. Two auto sales and auto parts businesses, located in Texas, were allegedly used to launder large amounts of cash proceeds from the unlawful drug sales. In one of the seizures, a former Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputy in Texas, EMMANUEL SANCHEZ, was stopped on Interstate 20 in Georgia in a pickup truck hauling heavy equipment. During the traffic stop, conducted by the Georgia State Patrol, the defendant allegedly showed his law enforcement badge to the troopers in an effort to quickly conclude the traffic stop and questioning. Upon further investigation, law enforcement officers found $950,000 in cash hidden in the door and other areas of the truck. SANCHEZ immediately left his deputy position. In another traffic stop in Georgia, a large truck hauling livestock was pulled over, and defendants JESUS FLORES Sr., and JESUS FLORES Jr., were questioned. After the livestock was off-loaded, law enforcement officers located a hidden compartment under the livestock, and using the traffickers' complex pulley system under the floor, police found over $13 million in cash in drug proceeds.

Last Modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008
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