Authorities seize drug trafficking money

— The Adirondack Drug Task Force, which consists of members of various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, has reported a joint criminal investigation with foreign law enforcement officials has led to the discovery of millions of dollars being laundered through the United States.

According to Chief Desmond J. Racicot with the Plattsburgh Police Department, the investigation revealed that during the months of September and October, proceeds from the sales of cocaine were being smuggled by criminal organizations between the U.S., Canada, Panama and Colombia. The investigation also revealed a Lebanese criminal cell based in Bogota, Colombia, was directing the movement of millions of dollars through the U.S. to other countries.

Law enforcement officials identified and infiltrated the cell and succeeded in seizing approximately $2 million dollars in Canadian currency believed to be derived from the sale and distribution of cocaine in North America.

A subject identified by the alias name of “Mike Fattal” is believed to be the cell head responsible for the lost monies has yet to be fully identified.

The investigation is ongoing.

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