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).

Link: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2836/how-would-i-go-about-laundering-money/

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.

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1982/10/24/white-powder-attracts-prospectors-in-california-gold-rush-of-82/5488d953-cacb-41c1-a3f6-057a6624b0f5/

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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