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.
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.
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.
Gonzales was taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center and charged with Felony Money Laundering.
The cash seized totaled to $29,000.