AC Woman Gets Prison for Laundering Drug Money at Laundromat
An Atlantic City woman was sentenced in Federal Court in Camden Friday to six-and-a-half years in prison for laundering drug money in her laundromat.
Jazmin Vega, 45, and her husband Toye Tutis, 47, ran a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring out of the Ta'Ja Laundromat on Arctic Ave and used the laundry and various real estate holdings as part of a conspiracy to launder the drug money.
According to NJ.com, Tutis was previously convicted and sentenced to 22 years in federal prison.
Authorities say Tutis’ operation distributed between 330 and 992 pounds of cocaine, and approximately 57 pounds of heroin, between 2010 and 2014. Atlantic County prosecutors have said members of the ring obtained the drugs directly from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.
Vega admitted to laundering between $1.5 million and $3 million in proceeds during that time frame, including investing it in real estate and other businesses the couple owned, prosecutors say.
The couple also bought more than 30 properties with tainted funds, many of which they will be forced to forfeit, prosecutors said.
Tutis and Vega were among eight people arrested in Atlantic City in a series of multi-agency raids in December 2014.