Federal Authorities Arrest Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo Heredia and Two Others in Alleged Connection with a Money Laundering and Bulk Cash Smuggling Scheme

October 19, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 18, 2012 released the following:

“Scheme involved the sale of vehicle to a known associate of the Los Zetas Drug Trafficking Organization In Eagle Pass this morning, federal agents arrested Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo Bainet Heredia and two accomplices charged in connection with a money laundering and bulk cash smuggling scheme announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez.

A four–count federal grand jury indictment, returned yesterday and unsealed today, charges Heredia, age 54; 62-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar of Eagle Pass; and 28-year-old David Gelacio of Eagle Pass with one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering; aiding and abetting money laundering; conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling; and aiding and abetting bulk cash smuggling.

According to the indictment, on January 4, 2011, Heredia had Aguilar travel to a ranch in Mexico owned by a known associate of the Los Zetas Drug Trafficking Organization for the purpose of selling Heredia’s Ford F-250 King Ranch truck for $13,000. Following the sale, at Heredia’s bidding, Aguilar and Gelacio, carrying $7,000 cash and $6,000 cash, respectively, crossed the money from Mexico into the United States via the Eagle Pass Port of Entry. They are alleged to have divided and concealed the money in order to avoid a reporting requirement at the Port of Entry.

Upon conviction, each faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each money laundering-related charge and up to five years in federal prison for each bulk cash smuggling-related charge. All three remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Del Rio before U.S. Magistrate Judge Collis White.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Galdo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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Charlene M. Troop Arrested by the FBI for Alleged Bank Robbery

December 5, 2011
Charlene M. Troop
“The FBI released this photo, believed to be of Berwyn Resident Charlene M. Troop as she was robbing an area bank.”

Brookfield Suburban Life on December 5, 2011 released the following:

“Berwyn woman arrested for bank robbery

By Brett Schweinberg

Berwyn, IL —
Berwyn resident Charlene M. Troop, 23, of 1414 Kenilworth Ave., was arrested and charged with one count of bank robbery after allegedly robbing a Chase bank at 6969 Ogden Ave. about 3:42 p.m. Friday.

According to an FBI statement, Troop also is a suspect in two other robberies. The first occurred at the Metropolitan Bank at 8744 W. Ogden Ave. in Lyons on Nov. 18, and the second occurred at the Citizen’s Community Bank branch office at 7025 Roosevelt Road.

Troop had not been formally charged in those robberies as of Monday afternoon.

Troop was apprehended on Friday after allegedly walking into the Chase Bank location and handing a teller a note stating, “Quickly give me the money in your drawer. I have a gun.” The teller then gave troop about $10,090 in cash before Troop fled the building.

A customer sitting in his or her car in the bank’s parking lot saw Troop exit the bank with a white bag full of money. Upon opening the bag, the witness said the bag exploded with red ink. That individual called 911 and gave dispatchers the license plate number before following that vehicle until police officers initiated a stop in the area of Windsor and Home avenues.

Once in custody, the Chase Bank teller who was robbed positively identified Troop as the robber. After being shown surveillance footage of the robbery, Troop reportedly admitted to the crime, according to an FBI affidavit.

FBI agents subsequently discovered $5,740 in cash from the parking lot of the bank, and another $4,350 that Troop managed to scoop up after the dye packet exploded.

Troop reportedly told investigators that she robbed the bank because she lost her job in July, her mother recently passed and she owed her father money.

Troop has been charged with one count of bank robbery and is being detained until a bond hearing on Thursday. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said his office is seeking to hold Troop without bail.

A preliminary hearing for Troop’s trial has already been set for Dec. 13.”

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