Investigators with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office confiscated bundles of money on Valentine’s Day during a planned traffic stop in San Benito. They also arrested three men in connection with the bust.
According to a news release from the DA’s office, on Sunday some of their uniformed officers stopped a white Mercury Villager van for traffic violations on the southbound lanes of Expressway 77 near the Sam Houston exit in San Benito.
During the stop, they say officers noticed the men appeared nervous and gave different stories. The officers were given permission to search the minivan.
“During the search the officers found a bundle of an undetermined amount of US Currency wrapped in tin foil. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle contained an aftermarket electronic hidden compartment in the floor board of the vehicle, which contained 7 additional bundles of an undetermined amount of US Currency,” according to the news release.
In all eight bundles of cash were seized.
Officers arrested Jose Morales Lopez, Luis Ernesto Lopez Morales, and Javier Garza. More arrests are expected.