Translated by El Wachito
Prior recommended reading: Sinaloans are laundering drug proceeds using currency exchange centers
Osvaldo Contreras Arriaga and Omar Ayon Diaz, owners and administrators of currency exchange centers in Tijuana, declared themselves guilty of supervising a drug trafficking operation and money laundering operation for the Cartel de Sinaloa in the border of Tijuana, Baja California and San Diego, California,
|Osvaldo Contreras and Omar Ayon Diaz were arrested in Colombia|
The young businessman were detained in Colombia last September of 2015, while on vacation, when the Interpol submitted a search and apprehension order by petition of the United States government.
Since April of 2013, the Fiscal of the South District of California, opened and investigation against these individualds, and after the investigation ZETA published "Sinaloenses launder money through currency exchange centers in Tijuana".
This Thursday, Osvaldo Contreras Arriaga declared himself guilty on the Federal Court of San Diego of "administrating and supervising a conspiracy for a drug-trafficking operation valued in 20 million dollars, with quantities over the 50 kilograms of cocaine trafficked from Mexico to the United States".
The 28 year old man, admitted that he was in charge of meeting, organizing and paying the traffickers of cocaine. According to his declaration of guilt, he also received large quantities of cash from drug traffickers in order to traffic the flow of cash from US to Mexico.
Omar Ayon Diaz, operated several Money Exchanges Centers in Tijuana, which were identified as money laundering centers for the Cartel de Sinaloa operator, Alfonso Lira Sotelo "El Atlante", according to information given to ZETA by Local Security Agencies.
At the beginning of December, Ayon Diaz confessed that he received 24.5 millions of dollars, product of the sale of drugs, in order to be laundered in his money exchanges of Tijuana, he then transer the money to bank accounts operated by the Cartel de Sinaloa.