Criminal Justice News

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Colombian National Sentenced to 63 Months for Conspiring to Launder Drug Trafficking Proceeds



A Colombian national was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for conspiring to launder drug trafficking proceeds, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Tito Miller Parra-Isaza, 45, pleaded guilty on May 26, 2015.  U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas imposed the sentence.

According to a factual stipulation filed in connection with his guilty plea, Parra-Isaza coordinated the deposit of bulk cash, which he knew to be the proceeds of drug trafficking, into financial institutions in Mexico and elsewhere.  The bulk cash was later wire transferred into bank accounts in Dallas and then transported to Panama and elsewhere for distribution to individuals involved in drug trafficking.

Four other defendants previously pleaded guilty.  Of the remaining charged defendants, three are fugitives and one is deceased.

This case is being investigated by the DEA.  This case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Mark Irish and Trial Attorney Nicole Grosnoff of the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.  The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs also has provided substantial assistance.

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