A Sierra Vista couple are facing possible imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of conducting a criminal enterprise.
According to the state Attorney General's office, Juan Manuel Alvarado-Fajardo and Neriah Kidebar Morin-Alvarado admitted they laundered money and transported marijuana in order to sell it between January 2000 and October 2012.
An investigation by eight state and federal agencies found they had accumulated wealth and large amounts of property. According to a news release, the Alvarados had $133,600 split between a savings account and a safe deposit box. They also had 10 vehicles registered to them and owned 11 properties in the vicinity of Sierra Vista.
The Alvarados are scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 12 in Cochise County Superior Court. They face a maximum of 8.75 years in prison.
According to the release, the plea agreement requires that the Alvarados forfeit eight of the vehicles, 10 of the properties and all of the cash seized by investigators.
The U.S. Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Special Investigation Section of the Arizona Attorney General's office conducted the investigation with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, the Sierra Vista Police Department, the Bisbee Police Department, the Cochise County Sheriff's Department and the Office of Inspector General for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
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