Winthrop Man Sentenced To 9 Years For Cocaine Distribution And Mony Laundering

By Tiffany Williams –

Monday, Fabio Quijano, 57, of Winthrop, Massachusetts was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release.

April 8, 2022, Quijano pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy, money laundering, conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Quijano worked with at least two other men to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds derived from Quijano’s large-scale cocaine trafficking business.

June 26, 2018, Quijano delivered $135,180 of cocaine proceeds to an undercover officer posing as a money laundering intermediary acting on behalf of a Colombian money broker.

Feb. 4, 2019, Quijano’s business partner delivered another $310,000 in drug proceeds to the undercover. In addition, Quijano’s business partner attempted to deliver $200,000 on Feb. 18, 2019, to the undercover officer, on behalf of Quijano and his business partner, when he was stopped by police later admitted that Quijano had given him the $200,000 to launder.

A search of the stash house operated by Quijano and his business partner resulted in the seizure of nearly four kilograms of cocaine, over $310,000 in cash from prior drug sales, a hydraulic kilogram press, drug packaging materials and numerous drug ledgers.

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