Maverick County commissioner, 2 accomplices accused of money laundering, cash smuggling scheme
Scheme involved sale of vehicle to known associate of the Zetas cartel
Federal agents arrested Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo Heredia and two accomplices charged in connection with a money laundering and bulk cash smuggling scheme.
According to the Department of Justice, a federal grand jury indictment charges Heredia, 54, 62-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar of Eagle Pass, and 28-year-old David Gelacio of Eagle Pass, with one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering; aiding and abetting money laundering; conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling; and, aiding and abetting bulk cash smuggling.
According to the indictment, on January 4, 2011, Heredia had Aguilar travel to a ranch in Mexico owned by a known associate of the Los Zetas Drug Trafficking Organization for the purpose of selling Heredia’s Ford F-250 King Ranch truck for $13,000. Following the sale, at Heredia’s bidding, Aguilar and Gelacio, carrying $7,000 cash and $6,000 cash, respectively, crossed the money from Mexico into the United States via the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
They are alleged to have divided and concealed the money in order to avoid a reporting requirement at the Port of Entry.
Each faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each money laundering-related charge and up to five years in federal prison for each bulk cash smuggling-related charge. All three remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing at 1:30pm on Tuesday in Del Rio before U.S. Magistrate Judge Collis White.
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