Agents with the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force reportedly seized nearly $500,000 in cash earlier this month. Officials say the money was hidden in a vehicle traveling south on Highway 59.
Agents discovered the case November 5 as they conducted what is known as a “Highway Interdiction.”
According to a statement release by Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, an officer observed a tractor-trailer traveling southbound on US 59 near FM 2218 in Rosenberg when he conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Marcos Camacho, 48, of Humble. The passenger, a Mexican citizen, was identified as Daniel Guzman, 32.
The officer’s suspicions grew while he talked with with Camacho and he used K-9 officer to conduct a thorough search of the car. That is when he discovered the currency which had been concealed.
Camacho and Guzman were taken into custody and charged with money laundering greater than $200,000, a first-degree felony. Both men are in the Fort Bend County Jail under $750,000 bonds. If convicted, the suspects could serve anywhere from five to 99 years in prison and pay up to a $10,000 fine.
The vehicle and the cash were impounded by Task Force Agents. A Chapter 59 Seizure Affidavit was filed with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.
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