A Wisconsin man was arrested in East Texas on suspicion of drug and money trafficking, which are federal violations.
The United States District Court issued a criminal complaint which charged the man with:
- Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine; and
- Engaging in interstate and foreign travel or transportation in aid of a racketeering enterprise.
The man was pulled over two different times for traffic violations, which eventually led to is identification as a potential trafficking suspect. Each stop revealed new information, which held authorities eventually build a case against him.
Early July Traffic Stop in Texas
The traffic violation stop in Texas was led by the Texas Department of Public Safety. A search of the vehicle yielded a small quantity of marijuana and over $250,000 in cash.
The man was arrested but was released when all charges against him were dismissed. Over $150,000 of the seized money was returned.
Late July Traffic Stop
Another traffic stop in Texas revealed 10 kilograms of what authorities presume to be cocaine discovered in a hidden compartment in the vehicle. Two bank deposit slips were found as well.
After obtaining a warrant to examine the bank account on the deposit slips, the Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration seized over $135,000 in suspected drug money.
The man is facing 10 years to life in prison for drug distribution and up to 5 years for interstate transportation in aid of racketeering.