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January 23, 2017
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Six Mission, Texas Residents Plead Guilty to Participating in Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Scheme

JAN 23 (SAN ANTONIO) - Today, six more individuals pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug trafficking and money
laundering conspiracy occurring in South Texas, Central Texas and Oklahoma announced United States
Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Western District of Texas; United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson,
Southern District of Texas; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge William
Cotter, San Antonio Division; and, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M.
Arabit, Houston Division.

Appearing before United States District Judge Xavier Rodriguez this afternoon, the following defendants
pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering: 47-year-old Norma Leticia Villarreal-Garcia (*two
counts); 36-year-old Iza Corina Flores-Alanis; 24-year-old Juan Antonio Villarreal; 57-year-old Jose Luis
Villarreal-Arelis (aka “El Cosas”); 47-year-old Nancy Isela Villarreal-Gonzalez; and, 27-year-old Gilberto
Villarreal-Villarreal.

By pleading guilty, the defendants admittedly conspired since January 2000 to: (1) engage in financial
transactions using proceeds derived from the importation, receiving, concealment, buying, and/or selling of
cocaine; and (2), transport or transmit monetary instruments to locations outside of the United States in an effort
to conceal the source, ownership and control of proceeds derived from unlawful activity. 
The defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison for the money laundering conspiracy charge. Sentencing is
scheduled for May 24, 2017.

To date, 12 defendants have entered guilty pleas resulting from this investigation. Four defendants—45-year-old
Reymundo Villarreal-Arelis (aka “Mundo”); 37-year-old Jesus Jaime Andrade of Mission; 66–year-old Sergio
Guadalupe Adame-Ochoa of McAllen, TX; and, Gilberto Villarreal-Arelis (aka “Beto”, “Betito”)--remain under
indictment in this case. Gilberto Villarreal-Arelis remains a fugitive. Jury selection and trial is set for March
13, 2017.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are
presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Waco Treasury Task
Force comprised of IRS-CI, Irving Police Department, Woodway Police Department, Texas Department of
Public Safety and the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office together with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s
McAllen, San Antonio and Houston field offices and Homeland Security Investigations.


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