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Colombian Man Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Prison for Participation in Money Laundering Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant laundered over $550,000 in drug proceeds

BOSTON – A Colombian man was sentenced yesterday for his for his participation in a money laundering conspiracy.

Yimmy Rafael Sanchez-Jimenez, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 34 months in prison. Sanchez-Jimenez will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of the imposed sentence. In January 2024, Sanchez-Jimenez pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy and conducting substantive money laundering transactions.

Beginning in 2016 and continuing until 2022, an investigation into a money laundering organization based primarily in Barranquilla, Colombia was conducted. An undercover agent infiltrated the organization by portraying himself as an international money launderer able to pick up bulk cash throughout the world, launder the proceeds through his United States-based accounts and send the money to Colombia through the Black Market Peso Exchange – a common method of trade-based money laundering used to repatriate the proceeds of drug trafficking to Colombia. 

Sanchez-Jimenez was a money broker based in Colombia who facilitated drug money pickups throughout the world, including in Los Angeles, California and in Canada. Sanchez-Jimenez also facilitated the transfer of those drug proceeds back to accounts in Colombia by using fake documentation to justify the transfers, in order to repatriate the proceeds of drug trafficking in Colombia. Over the course of the conspiracy, Sanchez-Jimenez was responsible for the laundering of over $550,000 in drug proceeds.

Sanchez-Jimenez was charged in a 50-count indictment along with 19 other individuals in March 2022. Sanchez-Jimenez is the fifth defendant to be sentenced in the case. Three defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. The remaining defendants have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua R. Levy and Stephen Belleau, Acting Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jared C. Dolan and Alathea E. Porter prosecuted the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 29, 2024

Drug Trafficking