Mother and Son Arrested for Money Laundering
CLEVELAND, November 8, 2013 - The Liberty County Sheriff Department’s Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle in the vicinity of Hwy. 59 in North Liberty County at approximately 11:am on Thursday, November 7th for several traffic violations and in the ensuing investigation arrested PERLA VERONICA VITE, age 42 and her son, DAMIAN GALAN, age 19 from Springfield, Ohio for Money Laundering.
After the vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet “Cobalt”, was observed making the moving traffic violation and was stopped, the occupants were interviewed separately and both had completely different stories as to what they were doing in Texas. Following a consent to search the Sheriff Department’s recently purchased Contraband Detection Device was used to scan the vehicle and a very high reading was detected by the device. The detection device located two (2) self constructed after market compartments within the vehicle structure and within these hidden compartments was located $132,000 in cash that was wrapped and taped into several bundles.
As mentioned before, this $18,000 Contraband Detection Device was purchased by monies recovered from earlier illegal drug operations and awarded to the County by the courts. Thus, it is, in effect, the criminal element paying for the equipment to detect their own illegal operations at absolutely no financial cost to the tax payers. It is anticipated by the Sheriff’s Department that such continuing enforcement directed at the drug operations will help to slow the flow of illegal drugs into and through Liberty County and our local communities.
Both Perla Vite and her son, Damian Galan were placed in the Liberty County jail where Justice of the Peace Judge Stephen Herbert set their bond at $200,000 each.
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