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1,000 Agents and Officers Raid L.A. Fashion District, Seize Cartel Millions

September 11, 2014  | 

VIDEO: 1,000 Agents and Officers Raid L.A. Fashion District, Seize Cartel Millions

An army of federal and local law enforcement agents stormed Los Angeles’ fashion district Wednesday, arresting nine suspects, seizing $65 million and searching businesses that federal prosecutors allege have been laundering money for criminals including drug dealers and Mexican drug cartel kidnappers.

About 1,000 officials executed dozens of search and arrest warrants at the culmination of three separate investigations into the fashion district businesses, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Nine people were arrested during the raid and five others were still being sought, Mrozek said in a written statement. The defendants were previously indicted by federal grand juries, though the indictments were sealed until Wednesday’s operation.

In one of the cases, three business partners are accused of laundering $140,000 in ransom money paid by the family of a U.S. citizen who was being held captive and tortured by the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mrozek said.

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kevCopAz @ 9/11/2014 4:44 PM


Leonard Mather @ 9/11/2014 6:15 PM

Money talks! 1,000 officers got $65,000,000 rounded up and that means that each LEO was responsible for $65,000 in that day's work. That is efficiency!

steve @ 9/12/2014 6:18 AM

Great job guys! Keep up the good work!! It's good to hear no one was injured or killed in this undertaking!
Although this effort captured $65 million that is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep in mind the 7.7 tons of cocaine seized the other day in Peru. We are at war with an unbelievably huge industry that is relentless! If only we could get some help from our judicial system maybe we could start going the other direction. Sadly, although the best in the world, that judicial system is getting slower and less effective each day. Too many attorneys in the equation.

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