Calmes Motorsports accused of laundering drug money

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Posted: Dec 1, 2011 5:16 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Dec 1, 2011 10:21 PM
Source: U. S. Attorney's Office

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Topics: grand jury, federal, indictment, calmes, motorsports, money, laundering, drug, trafficking, wbrz, louisiana, denham springs

BATON ROUGE - A federal grand jury returned indictments against the son of a Denham Springs motorcycle shop owner today on charges he laundered drug money through the business.

The indictment accused Kevin Paul Calmes, 39, of selling motorcycles to drug dealers and lying on receipts or breaking up sales so they would be less than $10,000, which wouldn't raise a red flag with authorities.

If Calmes is convicted he could face up to 80 years in prison and a fine of $2.5 million. The business could also face $3.5 million in fines, and could be forced to give up all property used in the transactions or to facilitate them.

A man who identified himself as "Butch," Kevin Calmes' father, spoke with News 2 this afternoon and said, "[You] have no idea when a man walks into your business, what his business is."

He added that it would be business as usual at Calmes Motorsports tomorrow and that he'll work to clear his son's and business's names.

CALMES-Indictment.Press Release.12.1.11.pdf

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