ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque carwash owner who, prosecutors said, laundered money for a large New Mexico drug trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison.
U.S. District Judge James Browning handed down the sentence to Jerome Eckstein, 39, as part of a yearslong federal court case. The case stemmed from a 16-month investigation called Operation Rain Check by the FBI in Albuquerque and other federal and state law enforcement agencies.
Eckstein was one of 19 defendants charged in December 2012 after the investigation into a drug ring headed by Christopher Roybal, 35, according to court documents. Roybal was sentenced this year to 14 years in prison for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and money laundering.
Court documents say that Eckstein in 2012 met several times with an undercover FBI agent, a confidential source and Roybal and discussed ways that he could “clean” money to make it appear legitimate, according to court documents.