Brownsville man sought in Gulf Cartel money laundering scheme

Jose M. Rivera // U.S. Marshalls Image

Authorities said they have dismantled a cross-border money laundering ring that sent drug profits from Florida into the hands of Mexico's Gulf Cartel.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office in Brownsville, nine of the 10 people named in a 21-count indictment are in custody:

Oscar J. Aguilar, 37 Yurixi Guadalupe Vega-Martinez, 29 Bea Marie Fairbanks, 24 Mayte Ayde Diaz, 39 Lorena M. Moreno-Martinez, 39 Teodosa Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 32 Yezenia V. Campos-Silva, 31 Yamileth Sinai Carballo, 20 Miguel Jonathan Pereira, 21

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents are still searching for 26-year-old Brownsville man Jose M. Rivera for his role in the case.

The ten are all charged with conspiracy and other crimes while federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of almost $2 million in alleged drug profits.

According to the indictment unsealed in Brownsville Monday, a money laundering cell opened Bank of America accounts at a Brownsville bank and sent their account numbers to other people in Florida.

It was in Florida where other people would cash drug profits in amounts of less than $10,000 to avoid banking reporting requirements.

Those named in the indictment would then withdraw cash in amounts of less than $10,000 and give it to a courier to carry into Mexico.

Anyone with information about Rivera's whereabouts is asked to call U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or (866) 347-2423.