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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007 2:47 pm | Updated: 5:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced indictments Friday against 47 defendants accused of money laundering through a shuttle van service from Phoenix to Mexico.

Among the 15 defendants in custody, all but three are U.S. citizens or legal residents. The suspects include at least one father and son.

A state grand jury returned a 115-count indictment in the case with charges including conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering, weapons possession and possession for sale of marijuana and meth.

A news release from the attorney general’s office said the charges are the result of a six-month Phoenix police investigation into a shuttle van service to Sonoyta, Caborca and Puerto Penasco, Mexico. According to investigators, drug dealers would drop off cash to the shuttle van service, and drivers would strap the money to their bodies and take the money across the border.

Attorney General spokeswoman Andrea Esquer said in the news release that 40 search warrants were executed in the case that turned up about 7,000 pounds of marijuana, 55 pounds of meth, $1.4 million in cash, 26 vehicles and an array of guns.

The following defendants are in custody:

-- Jorge G. Barraza, 47, of Caborca, Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and three counts of money laundering.

-- Blanca Castillo, 23, of Phoenix, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and six counts of money laundering.

-- Blanca Coronado, 48, of Phoenix, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and 44 counts of money laundering.

-- Hector Manuel Ferrer-Payan, 26, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, transportation for sale or transfer of methamphetamine and misconduct involving weapons. Ferrer-Payan is an undocumented immigrant and is being held without bond.

-- Veronica Gutierrez, 37, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and 13 counts of money laundering. Gutierrez is an undocumented immigrant and is being held without bond.

-- Mario Francisco Hocker, 35, of Phoenix, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and 19 counts of money laundering.

-- Armida Madera, 53, of Sonoyta, Mexico was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and five counts of money laundering.

-- Christian Enrique Mota, 24, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and two counts of money laundering.

-- Gustavo Mota, Jr., 27, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, six counts of money laundering and three counts of use of wire communication in drug-related transaction.

-- Gustavo Mota, Sr., 48, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and six counts of use of wire communication in drug-related transaction.

-- Lamberto Quintero-Pacheco, 19, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, possession for sale of methamphetamine, transportation for sale or transfer of methamphetamine and misconduct involving weapons. Quintero-Pacheco is an undocumented immigrant and is being held without bond.

-- Luis Antonio Uranga Carmona, 33, of Phoenix, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and seven counts of money laundering.

-- Miriam Carmona Sanchez Uranga, 42, of Phoenix, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and six counts of money laundering.

-- Jorge Velasquez Felix, 51, of Mexico, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and five counts of money laundering.

-- Jose Guadalupe Villasenor, 44, of Lukeville, was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and four counts of money laundering.

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