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Date: 11-05-2020

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United States of America v. Edgardo Serrano

Case Number: 1:20-cr-00320

Judge: Fernando Rodriguez Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Cameron County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Brownsville, Texas

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Description: Brownsville, Texas criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with money laundering.

Edgardo Serrano, age 52, drove $1,758,465 in proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics from Florida to the Rio Grande Valley.

The investigation revealed trucks would pick up cocaine from South Texas to be driven to Florida for illegal sale. Drivers like Serrano would then return to the Rio Grande Valley with the illegal drug proceeds for delivery into Mexico to drug cartel members.

Authorities discovered Serrano in Hidalgo County April 17 with drug money secreted in his semi-tractor-trailer.

Serrano agreed to forfeit the $1,758,465 as illegal money obtained from the sale of cocaine.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $500,000 fine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives jointly conducted the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation titled La Familia Tradicion. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Betancourt is prosecuting the case.

OCDETF is the largest anti-crime task force in the country. Its mission is to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States through prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency task forces that leverage the authorities and expertise of federal, state and local law enforcement.

Ct. 1: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine; 21 USC 846, 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)
Ct. 2: Conspiracy to laundering of monetary instruments; 18 USC 1956(h)
Ct. 3: Laundering of monetary instruments; 18 USC 1956(a)(1)(b)(i) and 2

Outcome: 11/02/2020 27 Unopposed MOTION for Order of Forfeiture of $1,758,465.00 by USA as to Edgardo Serrano, filed. (Betancourt, Karen) (Entered: 11/02/2020)
11/02/2020 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Jr: Appearances: Karen F Betancourt, AUSA f/Govt; Eric Samuel Jarvis, f/Deft; (Court Reporter: Sheila Perales) (USPO: Gregoria Manrriquez) (Interpreter: Jennifer Ortiz) [Court time: 8:18-8:38]. RE-ARRAIGNMENT held on 11/2/2020 as to Edgardo Serrano (1). Defendant was sworn in. Defendant entered a PLEA OF GUILTY to COUNT THREE of the Indictment. WRITTEN PLEA AGREEMENT was filed. The Government tendered Preliminary Order of Forfeiture; Order was executed by the Court. PSI deadlines and Sentencing date were orally given to all parties. Terminated other settings and motions for Defendant. Sentencing set for 2/9/2021 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 6 before Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. Defendant continued on bond under the same terms and conditions. (balvina, 1) (Entered: 11/02/2020)
11/02/2020 28 ORDER for Presentence Investigation and Disclosure & Sentencing Dates as to Edgardo Serrano. PSI Completion due by 12/21/2020 Objection to PSI due by 1/4/2021 Final PSI due by 1/19/2021 Sentencing set for 2/9/2021 at 08:30 AM in Courtroom 6 before Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr ( Signed by Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Jr) Parties notified. (balvina, 1) (Entered: 11/02/2020)
11/02/2020 29 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Edgardo Serrano, filed. (dbenavides, 1) (Entered: 11/02/2020)
11/02/2020 30 Preliminary Order of Forfeiture as to Edgardo Serrano ( Signed by Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Jr) Parties notified. (dbenavides, 1) (Entered: 11/02/2020)

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