TYLER, Texas – A 28-year-old Longview, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for money laundering violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Dantrel Robert pleaded guilty on Jan. 26, 2010, to money laundering and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Robert was also ordered to forfeit $30,000.00.
According to information presented in court, Robert was involved in a drug trafficking scheme which involved money being sent to California where it was used to buy illegal prescription drugs, such as codeine and hydrocodone. The prescription drugs were then smuggled from California to East Texas for distribution. After the illegal prescription drugs were sold in East Texas, the money was sent back to California to purchase more drugs, luxury vehicles and other property. A 14-count federal indictment was returned by a grand jury on June 3, 2009, charging Robert and 6 other individuals with conspiracy to comment money laundering.
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Longview Police Department and the Longview CODE Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.