Two Sierra Vista men were arrested Tuesday for laundering more than $215,000 in drug trafficking money in five months.
The arrests of Juan Ramirez, 44 and Miguel Nucico, 71, are the culmination of an 11-month investigation by the Sierra Vista Police Department, Judy Hector, a spokeswoman for the city, said in a news release.
“The investigation, which began in 2013, focused on Juan Ramirez, who was allegedly responsible for coordinating shipments of marijuana from Arizona to other parts of the country,” Hector said. “During the investigation, SVPD learned that Ramirez was directing various persons to use their bank accounts to funnel illegal drug trafficking money through their Fort Wayne, Indiana accounts to Sierra Vista on his behalf.”
Tuesday Sierra Vista police served search warrants on two homes.
Both men were booked into the Cochise County jail on multiple felony counts, Hector said.
Ramirez faces 34 counts of money laundering; two counts each of solicitation to commit money laundering and solicitation to transport marijuana for sale; and one count each of illegally conducting an enterprise and participating in a criminal syndicate.
Nucico faces nine counts of money laundering, and one count each of illegally conducting an enterprise and participating in a criminal syndicate.