Laundering money

In today’s column, Cecil says, “In one infamous smurfing case a ring of middle-aged women placed over $25 million of Florida drug money into assorted California banks.”

I realize this was 10 years ago, but a cursory googling didn’t turn up any hits for this story (for me anyway).


Can someone help?

Got it. This was the “Grandma Mafia” case, even though the women were in their 40s:

FTR, that was $5m in drug money, and $20M in FBI-sting money.


Thank you, appreciated!

Upon further review…looks like all $25M was drug money; the FBI sting was a fake bank they got the perps to use for laundering, not Fed money they got the perps to accept and launder.

We regret the error.

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