Council Bluffs man sentenced to 14 years in drug and money laundering case

A Council Bluffs man was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison for his role in a drug and money laundering scheme.

Carlos Manriquez-Aviles, 29, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, use of facilities in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Authorities said Manriquez-Aviles sold meth in amounts of several pounds to people in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. He then laundered the money in a Wells Fargo Bank account “on behalf of Mexican drug traffickers,” the United States Attorney’s Office said.