COMMERCE CITY - Federal agents raided a Commerce City auto dealership Tuesday morning.
A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of the shop and two other people accused of helping launder drug money through automobile sales.
Raul Mendoza and Julia Castillo-Caraveo, both of Denver, and Isidro Noe Mendoza-Ortiz, of Thornton, are scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of structuring and money laundering.
Banks are required to report deposits that top $10,000. An indictment alleges the defendants conspired to structure daily cash receipts from Mendoza's business, Chopeque Auto Sales in Commerce City, so that they wouldn't trigger the reporting requirement.
The indictment also says undercover officers using money that they said came from drug dealing bought vehicles from Mendoza's business. The vehicles each cost more than $10,000, but the indictment alleges Mendoza's business didn't file the required reports for cash transactions topping $10,000.
Agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the DEA and IRS were on the scene near 60th Avenue and Quebec Street.
Twenty vehicles from the car dealership were seized. Agents and officers also executed a search warrant at a house.
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