Texting and Driving Helps DPS Stop Massive Drug Deal
SAN ANGELO, TX -- A man was arrested for money laundering yesterday after confessing to having ten thousand dollars to buy meth.
According to the Affidavit, on September 17 at around 10:30 a.m., a trooper with the Department of Public Safely was on his normal patrol route when he spotted a man texting while driving near the mile marker 450 on US Hwy 87.
After pulling the driver over, the trooper says he noticed several criminal indicators. The trooper then identified the driver as 37-year-old Edgar Renteria.
After the normal procedures of the stop, the trooper asked Renteria if he had anything illegal in the SUV. Renteria responded by admitting he only had a crack pipe.
This gave probable cause so a search ensued. During the search, the trooper found methamphetamine, a silver Taurus pistol, and $10,000.
After finding these items Renteria was quickly arrested and taken to the DPS office were two special agents interrogated him.
During the interview, Renteria admitted that he had the money so that he could purchase a large amount of meth.
He was then taken to the Tom Green County Jail and was charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and money laundering at 3:26 p.m.
He is still currently in the Tom Green County Jail and his bond is set at $15,500.
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