Traffic Stop Yields Laundered Money

LIBERTY, July 6, 2017 - On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at approximately 11:40 pm, an officer with the Liberty Police Department stopped a vehicle for speeding in the 100 block of Hwy. 90. 
The driver was identified as Rodney Basil Gualderama Jr, W/M, DOB 06/21/84 from Pensacola Florida. 

The officer then requested the assistance of a K-9 from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, to conduct a “free-air search.”  Once the K-9 alerted on the vehicle, Officers asked and were given permission to search the vehicle.  During the search, a large clear package of money was located in a backpack in the passenger compartment.  Also located in the backpack was several pieces of mail containing the suspects name and address in Florida. Officers also found a small metal container in a wheel well area of the vehicle which contained a small amount of marijuana. 

Officers seized the cash, vehicle and a Glock 30S, .45 ACP pistol that the suspect was carrying at the time of the stop. It was later determined that the suspect was transporting $131,404.00 in cash.  The suspect was charged with Money Laundering, Section 34.02 (a) PC.

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