El Paso attorney convicted in drug cartel laundering case
El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — A former El Paso attorney was found guilty Monday of trying to launder hundreds of millions of dollars to a Mexican drug cartel.
Marco Delgado was convicted during a federal trial of conspiracy to launder money.
Between 2007 and 2008, the now 47 year-old sent $600 million to members of the Milenio drug
trafficking organization in Juarez.
Delgado, who's been in jail since his arrest last November, will be sentenced in January. He's facing up to 20 years in prison.
Delgado's case dates back several years. A 2007 traffic stop outside Atlanta, Georgia uncovered nearly a million dollars The car's driver became an informant, and named Delgado as his contact.
Under questioning, Delgado agreed to cooperate with investigators and stated the money was part of a test run to channel six hundred million dollars into Juarez.
In 2008 the driver turned informant tipped investigators of another pickup of $100,000 in Chicago, arranged by Delgado, to be deposited in an account linked to delgado.
Once deposited, the money would be simultaneously withdrawn from an account in Mexico.
Federal agents linked Delgado to the Guadalajara based Milenio drug cartel.
An investigator testified that Delgado traveled extensively between 2007 and 2012,including trips to France, Germany, Switzerland, and Quatar, and five trips to Cuba where the informant told investigators Delgado participated in sex parties with girls, all under 18 years-old.