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FBI: Operation Money Maker results in arrest of 6 individuals, including 2 Las Vegas residents

Posted at 9:23 AM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 02:09:14-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou and FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse held a press conference Wednesday to announce a global law enforcement action.

The press conference was held at the FBI's field office in Las Vegas.

It was announced during the press conference that six defendants are facing nearly 100 criminal charges in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring and money laundering conspiracy.

These charges were the result of a global joint investigation titled Operation Money Maker. Nine law enforcement agencies worked together to target a crime organization.

Those arrested includes:

Barak Amar, 51, Las Vegas. Allegedly conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance. Facing a possible total of 60 years in prison.

Arshak Arayan, 41, Los Angeles, California. Allegedly conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and 6 counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Facing a possible total of 60 years in prison.

Ofir Frieden, 38, San Jose, California. Allegedly conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. He was indicted on 45 counts of money laundering, 8 counts of conspiracy to distribute, and 10 counts of distribution. Facing a possible total of 80 years in prison.

Djekem Kedoshim, 31, Seattle, Washington. Accused of writing a business check in the amount of illegal drug proceeds to co-conspirators. Indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 4 counts of money laundering. Facing a possible total of 40 years in prison.

Moshe Malka, 36, Las Vegas. Allegedly conspired with others to deposit illegal cash proceeds and wrote checks to co-conspirators. Indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 10 counts of money laundering. Facing a possible total of 40 years in prison.

Shine True, 39, Phoenix, Arizona. Allegedly conspired with others to deposit illegal cash proceeds into her bank account and wrote checks to co-conspirators. Facing a possible total of 40 years in prison.

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted.