MIAMI -

Authorities said a central figure of a counterfeit credit card scheme from the Houston area was arrested in Miami.

Police said Carlos Levya-Aguilera, 40, a Cuban national who had been living in Houston, was arrested Wednesday at Miami International Airport while attempting to flee to Cuba.

Officials said the arrest was based on a Santa Fe Police Department’s warrant for credit card abuse. 

Santa Fe police said the city had a large spike in credit card cases where local credit unions and banks were affected. Following an in-depth investigation, police identified Levya-Aguilera as the central figure in the counterfeit credit card scheme that was raking in over $50,000 a week in the Houston metro area. Investigators developed sufficient evidence to then get the charges filed and a warrant issued.

At the time of his arrest, numerous agencies including the League City Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Houston Police, and the U. S. Secret Service were cooperating in the investigation.

Levya-Aguilera is being held in Miami pending extradition to Texas.