Nicaragua: 18 Mexicans guilty of money laundering

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 1:04 AM

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan judge has found 18 Mexicans detained while transporting $9.2 million in cash in the Central American country guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime.

Judge Edgard Altamirano said Wednesday that evidence showed the 17 men and one woman acted "in the typical way members of organized crime act."

The group was detained in August near Nicaragua's border with Honduras while traveling in six vans with logos like those used by Mexican television giant Televisa. The bundles of cash had been stashed in compartments inside the vehicles.

The detainees told authorities at the time they were members of a Televisa news crew that had traveled to Nicaragua to cover a money laundering trial.

Authorities haven't said whether the group was working for a drug cartel.

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