Routine stop nets $16,000, money laundering arrest

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Jan. 30, 2008 - Bad driving and lack of a driver's license ultimately resulted in a native of Mexico going to the Hopkins County jail Tuesday afternoon, but also in seizure of $16,000 from his car.

Sulphur Springs Police officer Mark Estes stopped the man at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday in a white Nissan Maxima for failure to maintain a single lane of travel.

On contact, the driver was identified by a Mexico identification card as Villablobos Alvano Escobedo, 43, of Col Emiliano Zapata, Xalisco, Mexico. When asked, Escobedo admitted to Estes that he didn't have a driver's license. He was at that point arrested for no driver's license.

A search of the 1999 car, which was being impounded, revealed $16,000 in U.S. currency wrapped in a plastic bag in the center console. Subsequently, Escobedo was charged with money laundering, a state jail felony offense.

The vehicle was impounded and the money seized.

Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Jason Rickeson was also credited with assisting in the seizure and arrest.

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