LAREDO, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Two Zeta cartel members have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a money laundering scheme from drug proceeds.
Laurencio Montes, 43, and Jose Luis Gonzales, 28, were sentenced to federal prison after an investigation, by a crime drug enforcement agency, related to laundering of drug money in Laredo.
Both men pleaded gulity, back on October 31, 2012, and Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Montes, the organizer, to 10 years in prison and a forfeiture of $6 million against him and Gonzales received a 5 year sentence, 3 years of supervised release and a forfeiture of nearly $3 million.
The men were arrested from a 2010 drug task force operation called "El Chacal" which culminated in indictments in Laredo, San Antonio and Chicago, Ill. The investigation revealed shipments of cocaine from Mexico to distribution centers in the United States.
A total of approximately $21 million was seized from various tractor trailer drivers, other couriers and stash homes in the Texas and Illinoi.