Wichita Man Pleads To Helping Son Launder Cocaine Profits

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to helping to hide his son's profits from cocaine trafficking.

57 year-old Juvenal G. Fernandez was one of 14 defendants charged in March of last year with participating in a cocaine trafficking ring in WIchita, headed by his son, Juvenal Frenandez Jr.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Fernandez admitted to accepting wire transfers from an unknown subject in Mexico to his personal bank account at Emprise Bank starting in 2006. After receiving at $13,000 transfer in March he opened up a ne account under the business name of Remnew Construction at Emprise.

Fernandez admitted to then purchasing several properties with the transferred money. He faces a maximum penalty of up to 3 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on April 1.

Frenandez Co-defendants include:

Juvenal Fernandez Jr., 31, Wichita, Kan., who is set for sentencing Feb. 4.

Aaron Gomez, 33, Wichita, who was sentenced to 50 months.

Kristian Fernandez, 28, Wichita, who was sentenced to 48 months.

Mario Cantu, 30, Wichita, who was sentenced to 30 months.

Rito Mejia Jr, 55, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Jan. 28.

Francisco Cobos, 27, Wichita, who was sentenced to 46 months.

Alejandro De La Torre-Barrios, 23, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Feb. 11.

Desmond Yankey, 27, Wichita, who is awaiting trail.

Maria Machuca, 44, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Feb. 4.

Daniel Carrero, 20, Amarillo, Texas, who is set for jury trial Feb. 12.

Mario Machuca, 35, Amarillo, Texas, who is awaiting trial.

Sandra Lozoria, 24, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Feb. 11.

In a news release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.

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