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Feds indict man in bulk cash smuggling scheme

May 16, 2019

A federal grand jury indicted a man this week after investigators discovered his fingerprints on four bundles of cash hidden inside a vehicle’s door during a traffic stop last year, authorities said.

Reyes Manuel Alanis-Rodriguez, a Mexican national who has been in custody since April 25 and is being held without bond pending the outcome of criminal proceedings, is charged with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and laundering monetary instruments.

Federal investigators tracked Alanis-Rodriguez down after a Nov. 26, 2018, traffic stop conducted by the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office that resulted in the seizure of a little more than $182,000 and the arrest of Carlos Edgardo Garcia, court documents indicate.

Investigators were able to lift latent fingerprints identifying both Alanis-Rodriguez and Garcia, who was driving the vehicle, authorities said.

According to the criminal complaint, Alanis-Rodriguez told investigators he facilitated the transportation of the cash from Greensboro, North Carolina to Mexico for monetary compensation.

Garcia, who is being held without bond and who was indicted on March 5, is separately charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; laundering of monetary instruments; and bulk cash smuggling.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com