Local perfume shop owner sentenced for cartel money laundering
A Laredoan who owned numerous perfume shops in Laredo and other border cities will spend close to twenty years in prison for his part in laundering millions of dollars for several Mexican drug cartels.
Fifty-one-year-old Vikram Datta was sentenced to 235 months in a federal lock-up after being found guilty in September.
Federal prosecutors say Datta used his perfume shops and distribution centers to launder million of dollars; money, which would be used by Mexican narcotics organizations like the Sinaloa Cartel, proceeds which helped Datta buy his home in the upscale Alexander Estates, not to mention property and other major assets around the world.
Datta's lawyer says his client is innocent, but adds he did make 30-million dollars in perfume sales each year.