HOUSTON – An investigator with the Waller County District Attorney’s Office has been indicted on drug and money laundering charges, acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery announced Tuesday.
Mohamed Ahmed “Alex” Kassem, 46, of Houston, has been charged with attempting to possess with the intent to distribute heroin and attempting to launder drug proceeds. Kassem is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The charges filed Wednesday allege Kassem was involved in the laundering of what he believed was $200,000 in drug proceeds in August 2019.
If convicted of attempting to possess with the intent to distribute heroin, Kassem faces up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million maximum fine. If he is convicted of either of the two counts of money laundering, Kassem also faces up to 20 years of federal imprisonment.
The money laundering charges also carry up to a $500,000 fine or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction.
The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Waller County District Attorney’s Office.
KPRC 2 reached out to Elton Mathis, the district attorney. The woman who answered the phone directed us to their Facebook page
The District Attorney of Waller County released a statement on Facebook: