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Juarez Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

In El Paso today, a federal judge sentenced 40-year-old Jose Juan Quinones Avila of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, to 57 months in federal prison for drug trafficking and money laundering announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.; Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division; and, Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, United States Postal Inspection Service, Houston Division.


On September 26, 2017, Quinones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a Controlled Substance, over 500 grams of cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.  Quinones was a target in an ongoing Bank Secrecy Act investigation.  By pleading guilty, Quinones admitted that from March 2006 to April 2017, he was responsible for transporting approximately five kilograms of cocaine in El Paso that was destined for Charlotte, NC, and disbursing approximately $142,156 in illicit proceeds to further ongoing drug trafficking activities in the United States.


The investigation involved agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), who safeguards the United States financial system from illicit use, combats money laundering, and promotes national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.  Assistant United States Attorney John Johnston prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

Updated December 7, 2017

Drug Trafficking