Feds accuse man of coordinating transport of drug proceeds
Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against a Cameron County man Wednesday accusing him of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine and of coordinating the transfer of drug proceeds from cities throughout the United States back to the border.
The indictment was unsealed after authorities arrested Gerardo Rojas Wednesday, accusing the man on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 11 pounds of cocaine or more, possession with intent to distribute a little more than 58 pounds of cocaine on Nov. 23, 2016, and conspiracy to launder money.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment against the man Jan. 8.
The allegations against Rojas date back to Jan. 1, 2011, to Jan. 8 of this year.
While that charging document doesn’t provide many details surrounding the cocaine smuggling allegations, it does shed some light into the money laundering accusations against Rojas.
According to federal prosecutors, Rojas, who was assisted by co-conspirators, would use people to bring bulk currency from various cities throughout the United States to Cameron County by directing the drivers to pick up drug proceeds and return that money to him.
The indictment also includes a notice of forfeiture against Rojas that includes a property at Road 318 in San Benito.
Rojas is scheduled for a probable cause and detention hearing on Jan. 22.