Fort Bend Co. Sheriff makes major cash bust
Agents with the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force last week seized almost a half million dollars in U.S. Currency concealed in a vehicle traveling South on U.S. 59.
On Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, agents with the Task Force, a Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative, seized $481,331.51 as they were conducting a “Highway Interdiction.”
Detective M.R. Hricko, a K-9 handler and member of the Task Force, observed a tractor-trailer traveling southbound on U.S. 59 near FM 2218 in Rosenberg.
Hricko conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at U.S. 59 near Highway 36 for traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Marcos Camacho, 48, of Humble, Texas. The passenger was identified as Daniel Guzman, 32, a Mexican citizen.
Marcos Camacho, Daniel Guzman (above).
While speaking with Camacho, Hricko, became suspicious, and using his K-9 “Mike”, Hricko conducted a detailed search of the vehicle.
The search resulted in the discovery of the concealed currency.
Camacho and Guzman were arrested and charged with Money Laundering greater than $200,000. Both suspects remain in the Fort Bend County Jail under $750,000 bonds. The charge is a first-degree felony with a punishment range of 5 to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.The vehicle and the U.S. currency were impounded by Task Force Agents and a Chapter 59 Seizure Affidavit was filed with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.