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Man arrested believed to have ties to car theft, drug ring

Jose Aguilar-Posada, 19, charged with money laundering

Jose Aguilar-Posada, 19, was charged with money laundering.
Jose Aguilar-Posada, 19, was charged with money laundering.

A man who at first was arrested for being in the United States illegally from Mexico now faces a charge of money laundering.

San Antonio police believe Jose Aguilar-Posada, 19, was working with a car theft and drug smuggling ring that operated on both sides of the border, an arrest warrant affidavit stated.

The affidavit stated that Aguilar-Posada was in a car that police stopped on March 26 for having a phony license plate.

Officers said they immediately noticed a "strong odor of vinegar" - what they recognized as the odor of heroin in and around a Thermos that he had inside the car, the affidavit stated.

They said Aguilar-Posada, who admitted he had entered the U.S. Illegally from Mexico, also had $5,000 in cash on him which he said he had earned from a job, the affidavit stated.

The suspect was turned over to agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The affidavit stated that while Aguilar-Posada was in custody, investigators began recording his telephone conversations.

During one conversation, they said, he asked someone to obtain a phony document showing that he had earned the cash from a legitimate job, the affidavit stated.

Detectives said Aguilar-Posada later admitted that the Thermos had contained illegal drugs which he turned over to someone else in exchange for the $5,000 in cash, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit also stated that he said he was supposed to give the money to his roommate.

Police said the roommate is a man who they have linked to a car theft ring, the affidavit stated.

They said they believe the group takes stolen cars into Mexico and brings drugs back into this country, the affidavit stated.

A charge of money laundering was filed against Aguilar-Posada on Tuesday.

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