U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who chairs the Senate subcommittee responsible for Western Hemisphere affairs, urged President Donald Trump to investigate the mining and transportation of illicit gold in Latin America after the Miami Herald investigative series 'Dirty Gold, Clean Cash' was published on Tuesday.
"Trade in gold from Latin America, which is largely destined for U.S. consumers, is becoming the preferred way for drug cartels, terrorists and bad regimes to launder their dirty money," Rubio said in a statement. "The U.S. Department of Justice’s prosecution of illicit gold traders Juan Granda, Samer Barrage and Renato Rodriguez, who pleaded guilty to money laundering involving dirty Latin American gold, is the tip of the iceberg, and should put all bad actors on notice. I will continue to follow this issue closely, and urge the Executive Branch to investigate the practices and circumstances leading to the mining and transportation of these precious metals for the purposes of money laundering."
The series details how gold became "the secret ingredient in the criminal alchemy" for Latin American narco-traffickers who make billions through turning cocaine into clean cash by exporting gold to Miami.
Read the exhaustive work of Jay Weaver, Nick Nehamas, Kyra Gurney and Jim Wyss here: