EAST ST. LOUIS — One of six defendants charged in a money laundering conspiracy case that involved methamphetamine and cocaine pleaded guilty Thursday to money laundering.
After he serves his prison sentence, he will be deported to Mexico.
Gudino-Orta and the others tied to the conspiracy "attempted to conduct financial transactions affecting interstate or foreign commerce, which involved the distribution of a controlled substance, which he knew was illegal activity," the document said.
Orlando Gudino-Orta, from on or about Jan. 10, 2012, to on or about March 5, 2012, intentionally tried to conceal and disguise the nature, location source and ownership of property believed to be the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, the charging document said.
Gudino-Ortiz told U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan that he understood what he was pleading guilty to. He also said he understood that once he serves his jail time in the United States, which could be up to 20 years, he will be deported to Mexico, his birthplace. He will be sentenced in January.
Gudino-Orta was represented by Belleville attorney John O'Gara, who was appointed as a public defender.