Troopers arrest two for money laundering

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 12, 2007 - Troopers arrested two San Antonio men Saturday afternoon for money laundering, after an interstate traffic stop netted two plastic wrapped bundles containing a total of $19,000 cash.

Israel Garza Jr., 20, and Jaime Ramos, 22, remained in the county jail overnight Saturday on the felony money laundering charge. Both were released Sunday after posting $10,000 bond each on the charge, according to jail reports.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Hogue stopped the pair at 1:25 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 30 west. During the course of the traffic stop, Hogue learned Garza, the driver, didn’t have insurance for the car.

When asked about their trip, Garza told the trooper he’d flown to Detroit, Mich., to buy the Ford Explorer, but couldn’t remember who he bought it from. He then claimed his uncle picked him up at the airport, but couldn’t remember his uncle’s last name. Ramos gave a conflicting story about their trip. That, coupled with their nervousness resulted in the trooper getting permission to search the vehicle, Hogue noted in his report.

He found two plastic-wrapped bundles of U.S. currency hidden inside the roof. Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Buddy Williams’s canine Atos alerted on what turned out to be $19,000 cash.

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