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OWNERS OF SPRINGDALE BODY SHOP SENTENCED TO
A COMBINED TOTAL OF 244 MONTHS FOR MONEY LAUNDERING
AND RELATED DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSES



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2012

 






Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District
of Arkansas announced that the leaders of a drug trafficking organization have been sentenced for
various violations of Money Laundering, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Cocaine,
and immigration offenses. The sentences were imposed by the Honorable Jimm Larry Hendren,
United States District Court Judge in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Manuel Haro-Gutierrez, age 50, of the Dominican Republic and residing in Springdale,
was sentenced to 90 months imprisonment and fined $35,000; Gladis Haro, age 51, of Guatemala
and residing in California, was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment and fined $25,000; Jania
Haro, age 34 and residing in Springdale, was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment with two years
of supervised release; Ivan Salan-Aguilar, age 49 and residing in California, was sentenced to 12
months plus one day imprisonment with two years of supervised release; Victor Palacios, age 52
and residing in Springdale, was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment; Osiris Depaz-Ramirez, age
28 and residing in California, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment; and Manuel Haro Jr.,
age 24 and residing in Springdale, was sentenced to 12 months plus one day imprisonment with
two years of supervised release.

On around May 13, 2011, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Rogers Police
Department launched an investigation of a money laundering and drug trafficking organization
with ties to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and the states of Arkansas, California,
Pennsylvania, and New York. Through their investigation they discovered that Manuel Haro and
his wife, Gladis Haro, were operating a multi-state organization and funneling the profits of their
organization into various financial accounts based in Arkansas. The Haro family was operating a
body shop in Springdale, Arkansas, named Haro Auto Repair and Paint and also had just opened
the Rumba Room Night Club in Springdale. They used these businesses to launder the proceeds
of their illicit activities. The defendants were arrested on December 15, 2011, and pleaded guilty
on April 25, 2012.

According to documents filed in the case, the Haro family and their associates deposited
approximately $315,000 of deposits comprised of United States Currency into their bank
accounts. HSI investigators traced a bulk of the currency to the Los Angeles area where Gladis
Haro was residing at the time and directed a cell of methamphetamine and crack cocaine dealers.

“This case indicates that we are serious about working together to investigate and
prosecute individuals and organizations that put our communities in jeopardy by engaging in
drug trafficking and other crimes,” commented Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the
Western District of Arkansas. “I appreciate the cooperation among local, state, and federal law
enforcement and prosecutors to bring this case. We will continue to work together to identify,
investigate and prosecute criminal activity such as this, and ensure that our streets–in Springdale,
and throughout the Western District–are safe.”

Raymond R. Palmer Jr., the special agent in charge of the Homeland Security
Investigations New Orleans field office, commented, “These defendants sought to hide the
proceeds of drug trafficking by passing ill-gotten money through a seemingly legitimate business.
Today’s sentencing shows how HSI and its law enforcement partners work to penetrate and
dismantle elaborate criminal enterprises that threaten the safety and security of our nation.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations Fayetteville, Arkansas
Special Agents, 287g Task Force Officers, and the Rogers Police Department. The HSI New
Orleans, HSI Fort Smith, HSI Los Angeles, Springdale Police Department, Washington County
Sheriff’s Office, West Convina Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, and the
Drug Enforcement Agency also assisted on this case. Assistant United States Attorney Clay
Fowlkes prosecuted the case for the United States.

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