It is a well-known fact that drug runners use shipments of legal items to conceal and transport illegal drugs to avoid detection by law enforcement. Jorge Dominguez, 49, and Salvador Abundis, 47, allegedly thought they could get away with this on Chicago’s North Side, but, like so may others, the laws were a step ahead of them. The two were arrested this week for their connection to 54 kilos found in a shipment of tomatoes last month.
According to DNAInfo, Dominguez and Abundis purchased a Chi-Town warehouse and accepted a shipment of 50 pallets of tomatoes on December 9. Prosecutors say that inside three of those pallets were 723 packages of cocaine, totaling 54 kilos. Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Vojta said the shipment was worth roughly $1.76 million wholesale, and $6.75 million once packed and sold on the street.
The story doesn’t end there. DNAInfo writes:
Late last week, investigators learned that Dominguez was going to meet with a money launderer, prosecutors said. After the meeting, police stopped the launderer on his way into a bank and seized $48,000, according to authorities.
Another $140,000 was later seized at Abundis’ Belmont Cragin home when police executed a search warrant Tuesday morning, court records show.
Yesterday, Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered each man held at Cook County jail in lieu of $1 million bond. This means that there is no 10% option. Dominguez and Arundis will have to come up with a millie each in order to get out of jail. Should they get the money, they’ll have to prove that the money used is not dirty.
Both are natives of Mexico with ties to the nation. Abundis has no criminal record. He has lived in Cook County for 30 years, is married with children and works full-time in construction. Dominguez also claims to work full-time in construction, but he has been on the authorities’ radar for awhile now. In 2007, he was found guilty in a cannabis case in Michigan, but dipped out of the state before sentencing. Georgia had also issued a warrant for his arrest for drug charges in 2000.