Some of the $6 million dollars seized
|Federal prosecutors in San Diego have indicted 75 people nation-wide, including 40 in San Diego, in a massive drugs and money laundering operation. The defendants laundered drug proceeds from the Sinaloa cartel for years amounting to tens of millions of dollars in the past three years. 32-year-old Jose Roberto Lopez-Albarran was leader of the organization and oversaw a large network of people dubbed "money movers" who shuttled huge amounts of cash around the country, picking up drug sale proceeds for eventual transfer to Mexico.|
The mover stashed the cash in hidden compartments of vehicles, or in cash-stuffed duffel bags, luggage, even shoe boxes.
|Cash was then deposited in banks using so-called "funnel accounts." Such accounts are set up at U.S. banks that can receive deposits from multiple states. The money is deposited in chunks of less than $10,000.The money would then be wire transferred to Mexican bank accounts for bogus Mexican companies controlled by the cartel.|
The organization used code words as well as WhatsApp, a messaging application, to communicate about the money movements and transfers.