Customs Agent Found Guilty Of Conspiring To Smuggle Drugs

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A former federal customs officer and his ex-wife have been convicted for conspiring to take part of what prosecutors say was a drug ring that was moving drugs from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Manual Salas, 52, was convicted of federal conspiracy charges along with his ex-wife who was also found guilty of money laundering.

The couple are facing at least 10 years each in federal prison.

KTLA-TV reported that in 2012 a trucker was caught transporting 572 pounds of cocaine, heroin and marijuana in New Mexico.

 The station quoted Justice Department spokesman Ciaran McEvoy as saying  “The commercial truck driver, who later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, told law enforcement that he worked with Salas and Orellana transporting narcotics to Chicago and had done so on multiple occasions,” 

“When he drove a truck to Chicago, he would receive cash proceeds for the narcotics, and then Salas and Orellana would direct him to deposit the money into various bank accounts, including an account in Orellana’s name”

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