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Jianxing Chen Sentenced to 10 Years for Money Laundering in Connection with Cocaine Trafficking Network

Human RightsJianxing Chen Sentenced to 10 Years for Money Laundering in Connection with Cocaine Trafficking Network

A foreign national, Jianxing Chen, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $6 million for conspiring to commit money laundering. Chen led a network of couriers that transported cash generated from the sale of cocaine throughout the United States, including cities like Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta, to New York City. The cash was then laundered and remitted to drug trafficking organizations in Latin America, primarily Mexico. Chen coordinated the laundering of multimillion-dollar quantities of drug proceeds from Latin American drug trafficking organizations into the hands of Chinese nationals, who covertly laundered the money into mainland China, bypassing the U.S. financial system.

Chen’s sentencing follows the conviction of co-defendant Xizhi Li, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for leading the conspiracy to launder tens of millions of dollars for foreign drug trafficking organizations.

The case was investigated by the DEA Louisville Division and the DEA’s Special Operations Division, Bilateral Investigations Unit, with assistance from various DEA offices and international partners. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Interpol, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center also contributed to the investigation.

The extradition of Chen from Peru was facilitated by the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, and the United States received assistance from Peruvian law enforcement authorities.

This operation was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program, which aims to identify, disrupt, and dismantle high-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States through a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

 

By FCCT Editorial Team

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are independent views solely of the author(s) expressed in their private capacity.

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