75 charged, $6 million seized in drug cartel bust

Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 06:01:01-05

SAN DIEGO, CA (KSWB/CNN) - The Department of Justice has charged 75 people in a multi-year money laundering investigation.

Authorities said the organization laundered tens of millions of dollars since 2015.

Most of the defendants were charged in San Diego, but some face charges in other U.S. cities.

"40 defendants were charged here in San Diego,” said U.S. attorney Adam Braverman. “35 individuals were charged in other districts around the United States.

Bravenman said the scheme included bulk cash smuggling, transporting money in vehicles in bags, and using funnel accounts to wire money from dealers in the United States to the cartels in Mexico.

Authorities seized more than $6 million in cash from the group.

Authorities also recovered more than 200,000 pounds of methamphetamine, 138 pounds of heroin, 22 pounds of fentanyl, 200 pounds of cocaine and 554 pounds of marijuana.

20 firearms including semiautomatic rifles were seized.

The defendants each face up to twenty years in prison if convicted.

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