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The San Diego UnionTribune: Man pleads not guilty to money laundering charges

A Chula Vista man accused of working as a front for the Arellano Felix drug cartel pleaded not guilty yesterday
to moneylaundering charges dating back to the 1990s. Urbano Hernandez Somero, 63, was arrested Thursday while entering the country at the San Ysidro border crossing. He has been living legally in the United States for four or five years and has regularly crossed into Tijuana, said his lawyer, Marc Carlos. “He’s a lawyer and businessman in Mexico,” Carlos said. A federal magistrate judge ordered Hernandez held without bail pending a court hearing next week. Prosecutors say he might flee if granted bail. Hernandez is accused of laundering drug proceeds, along with Manuel Aguirre Galindo, whom the U.S. government considers a senior member of the Tijuanabased cartel. Aguirre has not been arrested. An indictment accuses both men of conspiring to illegally move $842,000 from Mexico into the United States in 12 transactions between 1989 and 1992. It also accuses the two men of buying a 40acre parcel in San Ysidro and a bulletproof pickup with drug proceeds. In September, the Treasury Department accused Hernandez of being the key
front man for Aguirre’s financial network. It said Hernandez, through the Oasis Beach Resort and Convention Center
in Rosarito Beach, controlled five companies used to launder drug money. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Hernandez after his name was recently added to a computerized list of people with arrest warrants
that border inspectors use.

About Marc X. Carlos

Marc Carlos is a partner and co-founder of Bardsley and Carlos LLP. Mr. Carlos has been practicing criminal law since 1987. He has been a member of both the Los Angeles and the San Diego County Public Defender's office where he was a senior trial deputy focusing primarily on serious felony trials. Mr. Carlos has tried over 140 jury trials and represented thousands of clients in criminal matters. He has tried a variety of complex criminal matters ranging from fraud to murder, including death penalty cases.

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