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2 Face Federal Money Laundering Charges Tied To Drug Trafficking

Posted: 9:40 AM, Jan 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-05 09:40:09-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX) — Two people have been indicted of federal money laundering charges after authorities seized nearly $400,000 in cash from alleged drug sales.

Authorities say Nancy Anabelle Garcia Zapata and Fengqiang Zhang were indicted Jan. 3 in U.S. District Court.

Officials say Garcia Zapata’s husband, Fernando Lara Salas, was charged in 2017 with drug trafficking after a raid on a home in the 600 block of Dartmoor Drive in Lexington.

Thereafter, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigators say they received information that the woman was continuing to launder money out of the home.

According to an affidavit, police began surveillance of Garcia Zapata in November 2018. Officials said they observed Zhang enter the home, then leave with a large bag.

After stopping Zhang, officials said police found $150,000 in the bag. Authorities allegedly found another $200,000 in Garcia Zapata’s home and car.

Garcia Zapata is in custody and an arrest warrant has been issued for Zhang’s arrest.