Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Underbelly

A reader brought to my attention the story of a perfume merchant who is in trouble with the law.  The NY Daily News reported last week that an individual was busted for working closely with a drug cartel.

Datta used his perfume stores in Texas, Arizona and California to launder millions for the Sinaloa Cartel, a major narcotics trafficking operation in Mexico, officials said.
He not only used his store but used the perfume inventory to carry out the scam.  Via the DEA site.

"Vikram Datta allegedly tried to mask dirty money with, of all things, the scent of perfume. But as this case demonstrates, even the sweetest-smelling money laundering scheme is no match for determined law enforcement,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “We will continue working tirelessly with our partners at the DEA to dismantle money laundering rings and prosecute those involved."

The U.S. Attorney (N.Y.) gave thanks to those who helped out.
Bharara praised the investigative work of the DEA New Jersey Field Office, DEA Houston Field Office, and DEA Laredo Field Office. He also thanked the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations for its assistance.
Wait for it.......Apparently Mr. Datta had ties to the local community.

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