A federal jury found a 40 year old man, the president of a used car dealership in Florida, guilty of money laundering and various IRS violations in Dec. 2012. He could have received a sentence of up to 10 years for each of the money counts and a maximum prison sentence of five years per count for the IRS-related offenses. However, on May 8, he received a sentence of about three years total in federal prison for the drug distribution charge. The court also ordered him to serve two years of probation upon the completion of his time in custody.
According to the authorities, the accused man used his organization to launder money for a drug cartel. He allegedly took money and then gave vehicles to gang members in Texas and sold other vehicles to Florida gang members. During an investigation, authorities confiscated over 6,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 70 weapons and almost $1 million in cash.