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Ex-corrections officer pleads guilty in Arizona drug case

BISBEE, Ariz. — A former Arizona Department of Corrections officer has pleaded guilty to money laundering.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said 35-year-old Bernardo Varela pleaded
guilty on Jan. 8. He will be sentenced Feb. 14 in Cochise County Superior Court. Charges stemmed from an investigation that
found marijuana trafficking proceeds being moved through bank accounts.

Varela resigned from the Department of Corrections after the Attorney General’s
Office interviewed him on Jan. 18, 2013.

The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General’s Office, Douglas
police and state Department of Corrections.

It found that deposits of large amounts of cash were made in banks in numerous
states and withdrawn in Arizona by family members and associates of Varela.


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