Pico Rivera Nightclub Owner Sentenced to Prison for Laundering Drug-Trafficking Money in US, Mexico

Dancers at El Rodeo nightclub in Pico Rivera move to the sounds of the music. The club's owner was sentenced to prison for laundering money as part of a drug-trafficking ring. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

A Pico Rivera nightclub owner was sentenced to prison Thursday for laundering money in a drug-trafficking ring operating in the United States and Mexico, authorities said.

Edgar Fragoso, the owner and general manager of El Rodeo nightclub, had admitted to laundering about $235,000 in cash through his Washington Boulevard nightclub, according to court papers.

As part of a plea deal that called for all but one money laundering charge against him to be dismissed, Fragoso agreed to surrender his liquor license.

In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, U.S. District Judge George Wu imposed a two-year split-sentence of prison and home detention, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.

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