CBP - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

10/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/03/2019 19:35

AMOC Support Results in Successful Prosecution of Private Jet Charter Owner Involved in Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking

TRENTON, N.J. - CBP's Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) located in Riverside, CA, collected evidence which led to the arrest and successful prosecution of a Passaic County, New Jersey man. Khamraj Lall, 52, of Ringwood, New Jersey, was found guilty previously by a federal jury in Trenton of all eight counts of a superseding indictment, including counts charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, money laundering, structuring monetary instruments, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring.

Between 2011 and 2016, AMOC agents and officers from the Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Systems, and Operations Divisions assisted federal investigators in identifying and tracking assets belonging to Lall in an effort to help define his criminal actions.

Lall owned a private jet charter business called Exec Jet Club based in Gainesville, Florida, and used the proceeds of his cocaine empire to purchase jet planes, houses, and cars. He also paid over $2 million in cash stuffed into suitcases to a Florida contractor to build an airplane hangar in Guyana.

In November 2014, Lall was flying one of his jets from the U.S. to Guyana and stopped in Puerto Rico to refuel. An outbound search of the plane uncovered $470,000 in cash stuffed into a suitcase hidden in the tail of the plane, and another $150,000 in cash hidden under a seat.

In Trenton federal court, U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson imposed the sentence of 156 months in prison for trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into New Jersey and New York and then laundering over $10.2 million in cash drug proceeds.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Lall to five years of supervised release. The Court previously ordered Lall to forfeit his interest in two jet airplanes, two airplane hangars, multiple properties, a Lexus SUV, and other property traceable to his crimes. The Court also entered a money judgment against Lall for $9.3 million.

The AMOC is an international, multi-domain federal law enforcement center that has been focusing on suspicious general aviation and non-commercial maritime activities in the Western Hemisphere for over three decades.

AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. AMO interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings.

With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation's experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.