8 accused in $1.6M Tucson money laundering scheme - WNEM TV 5

8 accused in $1.6M Tucson money laundering scheme

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Luis Villagrana and Julio Villagrana, who police are still looking for, are in the middle bottom of the photo. Luis Villagrana and Julio Villagrana, who police are still looking for, are in the middle bottom of the photo.
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -

Eight people have been identified for allegedly taking part in a $1.6 million money laundering scheme out of Tucson.

Two of the suspects are still on the run.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said Armando Robles Urrea, Conception Suarez-Montijo, Gladis Celaya-Reuelas, Noemi Suarez-Montijo, Frank Babcock, and Maria Yvette Sanchez-Arvizu were involved in the laundering of drug trafficking proceeds through various bank accounts and a Tucson casino from June 2010 to May 2013.

Police said Sanchez-Arvizu is the ring leader and is accused of laundering more than $750,000 alone.

Through the investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Pima County Sheriff's Department and the Counter Narcotics Alliance, detectives also found a large shipment of marijuana that was sent to the East Coast by the group.

In October, officers intercepted an 84-pound load of pot that was sent through commercial shipping.

Luis Villagrana and Julio Villagrana were spotted Tuesday night but fled from officers and have not yet been located. If you have information, call 88-CRIME or 520-882-7463 if you're outside of Tucson.

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