Two Jamaicans were arrested yesterday (May 24) in connection with a complex money-laundering scheme that allegedly moved millions of dollars in drug proceeds from Colombian Cartels through United States banks.
The Jamaicans were among nineteen people indicted.
The charges brought in a Massachusetts Federal Court are the result of a five-year investigation into the money laundering organization based in Colombia.
The U.S Justice Department says the group laundered at least $6 million through the U.S. banking system.
In addition to the two people arrested in Jamaica yesterday, three others were arrested in Florida.
Last month, another person was arrested in Florida and 12 others were arrested in Colombia.
Prosecutors are seeking the extradition of the Colombian and Jamaican defendants to the U.S.
One person remains at large.
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said those charged played various roles in the conspiracy, including drug suppliers and dollar purchasers.
She said nearly 6,600 pounds of seized cocaine — with a street value of more than USD90 million— have been traced back to the money-laundering organization.