Federal Money Laundering Conspiracy
January 2017 – Attorney Demetrio Duarte, Jr. represented Raymundo “Mundito” Villarreal, Jr. in federal court in San Antonio, Texas. A former resident of Mission, Villarreal had been charged with one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of conspiring to structure transactions to evade reporting requirements.
Prosecutors claimed members of the Villarreal family worked with the Zetas and Gulf Cartel to traffic cocaine and then laundered the money by purchasing real estate in the Rio Grande Valley and quarter horses. However, Duarte maintained his belief that the family shielded Raymundo and other family members from the drug business and Raymundo’s involvement with the horse ranching was his only role in the alleged conspiracy.