Tucson man convicted in $2.8M drug, money laundering scheme

April 5, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man has been convicted in a million drug and money laundering scheme that authorities say involved more than $2.8 million.

Prosecutors say a Pima County jury found Carlos David Nogales Sr. guilty of 35 felony counts including fraud, forgery, money laundering, controlling a criminal enterprise and possession of marijuana for sale.

They say Nogales is currently in custody and faces more than nine years in prison when he’s sentenced on May 25.

Prosecutors say a Department of Economic Security audit revealed Nogales fraudulently received $30,000 in state benefits by not disclosing income and assets on his applications.

Nogales allegedly laundered money across the country between 2011 and 2015 in exchange for marijuana shipped to the East Coast.

When arrested, Nogales had 20 pounds of marijuana in his possession.

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