Money Launderer for the Sinaloa Cartel Extradited to San Antonio

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Author: 
Scott Buzzard
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
8
Abstract: 
On July 26, 2016, Mauricio Sanchez-Garza made his initial appearance in federal court in San Antonio, TX following his extradition from Mexico the day before. In December 2010, Sanchez was charged in two indictments in the Western District of Texas with laundering drug distribution proceeds as well as committing extortion in a scheme involving the manuscript of a Hollywood movie, “Mary Mother of Christ,” a prequel to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” Mauricio and his brother, Alejandro Sanchez-Garza, who was also named in the indictments, had been on the run since 2010. Alejandro was arrested in 2012 after turning himself over to authorities at San Antonio International Airport, and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to launder money on May 22, 2013. Mauricio was arrested in Mexico on January 14, 2016, and subsequently extradited to San Antonio in July.  Another accomplice, Jorge Vasquez Sanchez, pleaded guilty to both charges on May 10, 2012, and was served with a civil complaint seeking restitution for the extorted movie rights in court the same day.