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Fri Jul 30, 2021, 08:00 AM

Man who laundered millions in Mexican cartel proceeds from small SE Portland store gets 11 years in

Man who laundered millions in Mexican cartel proceeds from small SE Portland store gets 11 years in prison


Operating out of a nondescript store off Southeast Portland’s busy Powell Boulevard, Jesus González Vazquez and another brother laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds for Mexican drug cartel bosses between 2015 and 2019.

On Wednesday, González Vazquez, 37, was sent to prison for 11 years for his crimes in what prosecutors describe as one of the largest takedowns of a drug trafficking operation in Oregon history.

“If I were before the court and this was a mafia case ... I would say that this defendant before you was a made man,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Cardani told a judge.

“He was one that was the blood brother of the organization who was willing to do anything to help the objectives of the organization,” Cardani said.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2021/07/man-who-laundered-millions-in-drug-proceeds-from-small-se-portland-store-to-mexico-gets-11-years-in-prison.html

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