Region: CannaVest
Founder and Managing Director
West Coast AML Services, LLC

Terry Neeley

Mr. Neeley is a well-respected expert in the criminal enforcement of the BSA and Money Laundering Control Act – federal money laundering statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957). He has 25+ years of firsthand experience investigating complex international drug money laundering organizations, white collar financial crimes and terrorist financing. He was a key figure in the most significant drug money laundering investigation in U.S. history, which involved the indictment and conviction of foreign banks and twenty bankers for violations of the BSA/AML. He served at the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada and Den Haag, The Netherlands, and briefed Black-Market Peso Exchange undercover money laundering operations he ran to U.S. Ambassadors in Colombia and Panama, members of Congress, senior management at the Treasury and Justice Departments and Italy’s Anti-Mafia. He successfully directed Departments of Justice and Treasury certified undercover financial task force operations in Chicago and Los Angeles against the infamous Juarez, Mexico drug trafficking organization and Cali, Colombia Cartel. Concerned about cannabis banking issues, Mr. Neeley founded West Coast AML Services, LLC, a Bank Secrecy Act, Money Laundering Control Act risk management consultancy in 2016. “West Coast” minimizes the complex risks for financial institutions to help keep them from running afoul of the Department of Justice and regulatory enforcement actions. West Coast has helped build some of the most significant cannabis banking programs in the country and has assisted many depository institutions successfully manage the unique challenges associated with banking the state-legal cannabis industry. However, his greatest accomplishment, pride and joy is his daughter, recently engaged and now in her first year of law school.

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