US says Guatemalan lottery launders drug money

CBS News on January 19, 2012 released the following:

“(AP) GUATEMALA CITY — The U.S. Treasury Department says a popular private lottery in Guatemala is a front for laundering drug money.

The department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says it has designated Bingoton Millionario part of a drug-trafficking ring run by a 39-year-old woman.

It calls the woman, Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell, one of the most prolific traffickers in Central America. It says her organization moves tons of cocaine each month into Mexico and on to the United States.

The lottery’s Facebook page says it sells tickets in thousands of stores across Guatemala and has awarded a total of $2 million to 595,000 winners over the last three years.

Guatemala’s government says it will start an investigation based on Thursday’s accusation by the U.S.”

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