95K Money Laundering Arrest

May 24, 2013

Liberty County: The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department continues to put pressure on drug activity that takes place in and through the County community.

At approximately 3:30pm on May 21st. Sheriff Bobby Rader’s Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle on Hwy. 59 near Hwy.105 for two (2) traffic violations. During the course of this moving violation stop, the Unit’s Sergeant observed criminal activity that prompted a request by the Sergeant to search the vehicle in which the driver, Pedro Hernandez, refused to grant. The departments K-9 was brought to the scene and “hit” on drug activity in the area of the trunk of the vehicle thus giving the Deputy’s probable cause to search the automobile.

Located in the trunk of this car were three bundles of cash wrapped with duct tape and totaling $95,000. Pedro Hernandez, age 21 and his passenger, Felipe Robledo, age 48 both from Aurora, Illinois were arrested and charged with money laundering, a third degree felony.

Pct. 1 J.P. Judge Stephen Herbert set bond on each subject at 300K and both Hernandez and Robledo, both of which had prior drug arrest, were placed in the Liberty County Jail.

 



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