Highway patrols early Thursday morning took two men into custody for money laundering after seizing about $20,0000 during an interstate traffic stop.
Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Trooper Cori Hale stopped a black car at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the 135 mile marker on Interstate 30 west for driving 72 miles per hour in a 65 mph speed zone and driving in the left lane and not passing.
While talking to both the driver and passenger, 35-year-old Noe Vargas Galvan of Harlingen and 34-year-old Julio Herrera Pardo of Brownsville, Hale became suspicious the pair was involved in criminal activity due to the inconsistent stories and implausible explanations they gave regarding their travels. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver, Galvan admitted to Hale that there was about $15,000 in the car.
Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Ricketson, who responded at the scene to back up the trooper, arrived with his canine partner Barry around the time the driver gave Hale permission to search the car. Ricketson had Barry conduct a “free air sniff search” around the car. The dog alerted on the trunk area. A search revealed 15 bundles of currency under the spare tire. The money did not have the proper documentation required for transporting such a large amount of cash, thus both were taken into custody.
Both Galvan and Pardo were arrested for money laundering, a felony offense. Galvan was also found to have about $1,475 in his possession, bringing the total number of money seized to about $20,000, according to reports. Bond was set at $20,000 each on the money laundering charges.
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