$29,000 seized in money laundering arrest in Fayette County: FCSO

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas - A man was arrested in Fayette County after a traffic stop led to the discovery of money laundering.

Around noon on Tuesday, a drug interdiction investigator conducted a traffic stop on westbound I-10 on a 2019 gray Volkswagen Jetta. The vehicle was stopped for traffic violations.

The car was occupied by a male driver and a male passenger. The investigator noticed several criminal indicators upon contact with the driver.

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After talking with the driver, the investigator was given consent to search the car.

He found a Crown Royal bag with air fresheners placed around the bag; the investigator found a large amount of cash bundled consistently with that of drug trafficking.

<div>Ivan Mauricio Gonzales was arrested and charged with Felony Money Laundering.</div> <strong>(Fayette County Sheriff's Office)</strong>
Ivan Mauricio Gonzales was arrested and charged with Felony Money Laundering.
(Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

The passenger denied having any idea about the money in the car; the investigator then placed the driver, 31-year-old Ivan Mauricio Gonzalez of Laredo under arrest.

The passenger, 52-year-old Robert Florencio Delacruz, was released with the vehicle.

<div>Cash seized from the incident totaled to $29,000.</div> <strong>(Fayette County Sheriff's Office)</strong>
Cash seized from the incident totaled to $29,000.
(Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

Gonzales was taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center and charged with Felony Money Laundering.

The cash seized totaled to $29,000.