Deportation Officer Arrested in Texas for Alleged Money Laundering

In a startling development, a deportation officer in Texas has been apprehended on charges of money laundering, accused of transporting nearly $700,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

The arrest of Christopher Washington Toral, a 48-year-old resident of Spring, comes after an indictment by a federal grand jury on April 9.

Toral, who worked with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a deportation officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison for his initial hearing.

According to the indictment, Toral allegedly transported approximately $700,000 in total on three separate occasions in 2023, believing the funds to be proceeds from drug transactions.

Deportation Officer Arrested in Texas for Alleged Money Laundering

The charges detail that Toral transported $200,000 between Feb. 9 and 28, 2023, from Dallas to Houston. Additionally, in early March 2023, he purportedly traveled from Newark, New Jersey, to Houston with $300,000 in U.S. currency.

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If convicted, Toral could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a potential fine of up to $1 million.

The investigation into Toral’s activities was conducted jointly by the FBI and the DHS Office of Inspector General, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn Ferko leading the prosecution.

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