Date: February 19, 2020
BOSTON – Five men were arrested and charged in federal court in Boston last week on wide-ranging cocaine distribution and money laundering charges.
- Fabio Quijano of Winthrop was indicted on money laundering conspiracy, money laundering, conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. According to court documents, Quijano laundered/attempted to launder over $335,000 in cocaine proceeds in 2018 and 2019;
- Jairo Agudelo of Revere was indicted on one count each of money laundering conspiracy and money laundering involving approximately $200,000 in cocaine proceeds in February 2019;
- Juan Restrepo-Madrid, 39, a Colombian national residing in Everett, and Sebastian Arbelaez-Perez, 34, a Colombian national residing in Revere, were indicted for conspiracy to distribute and distributing cocaine in East Boston from August to September 2019; and
- Jesus Arley Munera-Gomez a Colombian national residing in Revere, was charged with attempting to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. According to court documents, on February 13, 2020, Munera-Gomez provided approximately $200,000 to undercover agents in exchange for 20 kilograms of sham cocaine.
This operation, dubbed "Operation Týr," was conducted by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation's illegal drug supply.