A federal grand jury charged 28 individuals with laundering more than $10 million in drug proceeds through a local clothing retailer in Dallas, Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, announced Thursday.
In a 38-count indictment, the 28 individuals charged were connected to Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, Nealy Cox said in a press release.
Charges included conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and other financial, drug, and gun crimes, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by an undocumented immigrant.
"Drug cartels like CJNG wreak havoc across the globe, driving the spread of deadly drugs like meth and heroin," Nealy Cox said in a statement. "We're committed to tracking the money and disrupting these organizations by attacking their bottom line. By striking both the money and the drugs, we can more effectively impact the organization."
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According to court documents, drug proceeds were transported using Yoli's Western Wear, a clothing retailer located on Buckner Boulevard in Dallas.
The manager of Yoli's, 23-year-old Ivan Noe Valerio, sent the money to CJNG to Mexico, the U.S. District Attorney's Office said.
If convicted, Valerio faces life in prison.