APOPKA, Fla. —An Apopka man was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday in connection with money laundering and drug trafficking.
Officials said 31-year-old Eladio Marroquin-Medina, who was the vice-president of JM2 Auto Sales in Apopka, used the car dealership to launder narcotics for the Gulf Cartel. The Gulf Cartel was a drug trafficking organization based out of Mexico. Medina was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering.
Joel Torres, the president of JM2, was previously convicted by a federal jury of three counts of money laundering and 11 counts of failure to file IRS form 8300, a report required for cash purchases over $10,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 25.
As payment for vehicles, Medina and Torres received money that was derived from narcotics sales. These vehicles were sent back to members of the cartel in Texas, and were also used by local cartel members in Florida.
Medina was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering...
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