Thousands seized during traffic stop lead to money laundering charges

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Almost $16,000 in cash was recovered and two men with Dallas addresses were arrested  on money laundering charges following a traffic stop by McLennan County deputies in Bellmead.

The arrest affidavit for the two taken into custody said deputies spotted a tan 2007 Chevy Tahoe going south on  I-35 at 84 miles per hour at 7:14 p.m. Tuesday.

The stop was made near Exit 338B in Bellmead.

Court papers say the driver was identified as 19-year-old Ixoye Getsemani Gomez-Mendoza currently of Dallas and the passenger was identified as 29-year-old Aldo Mauricio Luna-Gomez, also listing a current addres in Dallas.

Because of a language barrier, another deputy was call to the scene to translate.

The deputy doing the translating said the two gave conflicting stories about their travel itinerary.

Deputies obtained a consent to search the vehicle with a large amount of US currency found hidden under cup holders of the center console.

An additional large amount of currency was found on the person of passenger Luna-Gomez

The money recovered totaled $15,900.

The affidavit said during an interview following being given their Miranda rights, it was discovered that the money found in the vehicle and on Luna-Gomez’s person was destined for a drug organization to repay a debt.

Because of the fact that the money was admitted to be the proceeds both to and from criminal activity both men were charged with money laundering. 

It was also determined that both were in the country illegally and both were also placed under an immigration detainer.

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