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

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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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