United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins
Western District of North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced two men on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, to serve 108 months in prison for conspiracy to launder money derived from drug trafficking, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Georgia and the Carolinas and Chief Rodney Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
In July 2011, Juan Carlos Alonzo, 41, and David Rodriguez Singlaterry, 28, both of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to court documents and related court proceedings, in May 2011 law enforcement agents seized over $1.1 million from a dwelling in Charlotte occupied by Alonzo and Singlaterry. The money seized, which was proceeds of cocaine trafficking, was bundled in packages and concealed within an ottoman stool inside the house. Law enforcement also recovered extensive amounts of packaging materials consistent with drug trafficking and money laundering. Further investigation indicated the presence of cocaine on the money seized, court records show.
The defendants have been in local federal custody since they were arrested in May 2011. Upon designation of a federal facility they will be transferred into the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
The investigation was handled by ICE-HSI with the assistance of CMPD. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.