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Chain of custody important in case of money laundering

The war on drugs and related illegal activities is an ongoing one in Kentucky and around the nation. A recent case out of Lexington has implicated a couple in a money laundering scheme connected to alleged drug activity. The investigation leading to the arrests began in 2016.

The couple, a gentleman from China and the wife of a man who was previously convicted of drug trafficking, were arrested on suspicion of money laundering. Their case was recently heard in federal court. The two received sentences of up to five years.

The case began when money that was allegedly passed between the two accused was seized by a detective following the exchange. The detective seized a bag that reportedly contained upwards of $150,000. A warrant procured as a result of the seizure allegedly uncovered a further amount of $272,000 in the accused's home. The accused couple reportedly admitted that the proceeds seized were a product of drug trafficking.

Anyone facing charges for money laundering in the state of Kentucky or in federal court is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. The burden of proof falls to the prosecution and must be supported by the evidence presented. There are rules and procedures that govern the gathering and storing of evidence used to maintain the chain of custody of the evidence. A knowledgeable defense attorney can assess whether the proper chain of custody was maintained and can also ensure that the accused understands his or her legal rights at all stages of the criminal justice process.

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