Billions In Drug Dealers’ Illegal Amazon Gold ‘Laundered’ Through Miami Refinery

In a zeal to hide cocaine profits, South American traffickers have funneled billions of dollars of illegally mined Amazon gold to a Miami metals refinery in what federal authorities say amounts to a massive money-laundering scheme.

The man suspected of being in the middle of it all NTR Metals director of operations Juan P. Granda was arrested by federal agents this week at his mother’s Miami home after he flew back from Colombia and got fired from his job.

Granda is accused of conspiring with two other NTR employees to buy gold from illegal mines in the Amazon rain forest, refine the precious metal, sell it and then wire the proceeds back to drug traffickers, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court Thursday.

To read the full report, click here for the Miami Herald

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