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UPDATE: 2 plead guilty in Los Angeles fashion district raids

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Father and son Chinese immigrants have pleaded guilty in a case of suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district.

Xilin Chen and his son, Tom Chen, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Los Angeles and are set to be sentenced in August.

The Chens were among nine people arrested when authorities raided the fashion district in September.

Though the arrests were announced together, the Chens aren't believed to be directly connected to the most serious case involving the Sinaloa Cartel and ransom payments for a hostage.

Federal prosecutor John Kucera says the Chens would take bulk cash from drug traffickers for garments, allowing the traffickers to ship the clothing to Mexico and resell it -- all in an effort to avoid detection.
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