Vegas Real Estate Broker Arrested For Laundering Drug Money

Pled Guilty Last June To Laundering $250 Million In Drug Proceeds

July 02, 2018 - 2:37 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Luis Rodriguez has been charged for his role in laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in narcotics proceeds through Las Vegas real estate, and through multiple Nevada shell corporations, in order to send those proceeds to narcotics traffickers and money launderers based in Mexico. Rodriguez was arrested Monday morning in Las Vegas, and will be presented in federal court Monday in the District of Nevada.

The criminal complaint alleges that Rodriguez worked at the direction of Jesus-Rodriguez-Jimenez, the leader of an international laundering and narcotics trafficking organization (the "Organization"). In June 2017, Rodriguez-Jimenez pled guilty to laundering in excess of $250 million in drug money on behalf of drug cartels in Mexico and Central America through a variety of methods, including through seemingly "legitimate" corporations, shell bank accounts, and money couriers based in the United States and Europe. Rodriguez served as one conduit through which the Organization laundered drug money.

"As alleged, Luis Eduardo Rodriguez assisted a major international drug trafficking organization in laundering the proceeds of its illegal operations. Rodriguez allegedly laundered drug money through Las Vegas real estate transactions, and helped in recruiting people to act as straw-man managers of shell companies for the trafficking organization. Now, thanks to the DEA, Rodriguez is in custody and facing prosecution," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.

"The actions of the accused illustrate the methods drug trafficking organizations utilize to infiltrate our communities and attempt to legitimize their criminal enterprise, but this arrest exemplifies the tremendous steps taken by law enforcement to uproot and remove them," said DEA SAC David J. Downing.