The detainees were allegedly a network from the U.S. sending money from drug trafficking to Colombia , and was received by persons operating in shopping centers in the city of Cali , federal prosecutors said the Eastern District of New York in a statement.
After a four-year investigation, twelve people were arrested in Cali by the National Police and four others were arrested in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while three were already under arrest previously for other reasons.
The officers who conducted the arrests seized $ 6.5 million and 52.5 kilos of heroin, 32 kilos of cocaine, 28.5 kilos of marijuana, eight vehicles and three firearms.
The four arrested in the United States received cash from drug dealers, often elaborately hidden, and sent it through transfers to Colombia, the statement said.
Twelve arrested in Colombia on their way, according to federal prosecutors, a network for the distribution of money from receipt of Cali in commercial establishments in the hands of Colombian drug traffickers.
“People arrested and charged today allegedly transferred tens of millions of dollars in drug money from the U.S. to Colombia’s drug traffickers” , said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in a note, in which he stressed that “laundering Money is the lifeblood of narcotics. “
If convicted, those arrested could face up to twenty years in prison.