OMAHA, Neb. -- A money laundering conviction led to an Omaha woman being sentenced to five years in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Susan Lehr said 51-yar-old Alma Zapien, of Omaha, was sentenced on Aug. 3 in federal court in Omaha. She was convicted for money laundering conspiracy. Zapien will serve 60 months in prison with a three-year term of supervised release after. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court document, Zapien was arrested after Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service Agents learned she was helping known drug traffickers by sending illicit drug proceeds to Mexico through wire remitter services she managed at her local convenience stores.

Officials said Zapien agreed with Javier De Leon Marin to wire transfer illicit drug proceeds from Omaha to people in Mexico between June 2021 and June 2022. Zapien set up more than 200 wire transfers, totaling more than $250,000 in drug proceeds to the drug trafficking organization in Mexico.

De Leon Marin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and will be sentenced on Nov. 3, 2023.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the IRS.