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Money laundering charges filed.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

TULSA A federal grand jury indicted 22 people for their roles in drug trafficking and money laundering operations that included the use of Casa Herrera, a Tulsa-area money remitter business.

The two indictments charged Alfredo Herrera, 73, of Bartlesville, Domingo Aguirre, 60, of Tulsa, and Javier Passement, 53, of Tulsa, with violating federal money laundering and drug conspiracy statutes.

Herrera is the owner and operator of Casa Herrera. Aguirre and Passement worked as employees of Casa Herrera.

The grand jury also indicted Pedro Perez Jr., 65, of Broken Arrow, who owns and operates Servicios Perez, another money remitter business alleged to have laundered drug proceeds to a Mexican source of supply.

The indictments alleged the money remitter businesses distributed large quantities of methamphetamine throughout Tulsa and surrounding areas. According to the indictments, drug proceeds would be transmitted by wire transfer to a Mexican source of supply using nominee names. A nominee name is used to hide the true recipient of the money.

"This Indictment is a step toward disrupting the flow of methamphetamine from Mexican sources of supply into Tulsa," U.S. attorney Trent Shores, wrote in a prepared statement. "We must dismantle the criminal organizations bringing drugs into our communities."

The indictments are the result of a joint investigation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and Tulsa Police Department.

The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick. McCormick serves as the lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
Geographic Code:1U7OK
Date:Aug 16, 2018
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