Tucson Singer Sentenced for Money Laundering Conviction

TUCSON, Ariz. (LAWFUEL) – Latin Breed singer Adalberto C. Gallegos, Jr., 52, of Tucson, was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson. Gallegos pleaded guilty in May 2008 to one count of conspiring with other persons to conduct financial transactions, involving the proceeds of distributing marijuana from February 2004 to July 2006. The judge also ordered Gallegos to perform 200 hours of community service. He must self-surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service on January 22, 2009 to begin his prison sentence.

According to the indictment, Gallegos, Jr., employed by the Tejano musical group Latin Breed, established a bank account at Bank of America in Tampa, Fla. in 2004 which he used to receive approximately $270,100 in drug proceeds. The drug proceeds were deposited in Tampa. and later withdrawn by him in Tucson.

His son, Adalberto C. Gallegos, III, has also pleaded guilty to charges in the December 2007 indictment. He will be sentenced in February 2009.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The prosecution was handled by James T. Lacey, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2008-342(Gallegos, Jr.)

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