FBCSO: Traffic stops yield large amounts of drugs, money

By John Brannen - Web Editor
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FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - Several traffic stops by the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force on Highway 59 yielded large sums of drugs and money last week.

On May 5, a minivan was stopped traveling south on 59 and FM 2919 in Kindleton. Authorities say they recovered $96,110. Jose Alfonso Contreras-Salgado was arrested and was charged with three counts of felony money laundering.

On Wednesday, the task force stopped a vehicle driving south on 59 at Cottonwood in Rosenberg. Police say they found $125,610 and charged Edelmiro Perez Jr. with second-degree money laundering and third degree charges of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

Also on May 7, investigators found 24.56 pounds of cocaine in a vehicle driving north on 59 at Isleib Road in Beasley. The value of the drugs is approximately $334,800 according to police. Jeanie Burciaga and Adrian Martinez face felony charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance and second-degree charges of unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

On Sunday, police found 12.2 pounds of heroin in a vehicle headed north on 59 at Kirkwood. Miguel Antonio Carranza was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

The task force includes the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, the Rosenberg Police Department and the Richmond Police Department.

"This past week's results are a testament of what a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional cooperative approach of enhanced drug enforcement does for the citizens of Fort Bend County," said Lieutenant Josh Daled. "The credit goes to all the participating agencies in the task force.

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