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February 1, 2013

New warrants issued in money laundering case

GREENVILLE — New arrest warrants have been ordered for two women from Mexico, who failed to appear for arraignment on charges of money laundering.

The defendants were alleged to have smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money through Hunt County on Halloween.

Whenever Nabil Alejandra Rojas-Gallegos and Marlene Elizabeth Najera-Perez are again arrested, they will be held without bond, according to an order from 354th District Court Judge Richard A. Beacom.

Beacom revoked the bonds for both defendants Thursday, after they did not attend the arraignment hearing, and ordered that new bonds be denied in each case.

Najera-Perez, 23, and Rojas-Gallegos, 25, both of Monterrey, Mexico each received one indictment from the Hunt County grand jury in December for money laundering of the value of more than $200,000.

Najera-Perez and Rojas-Gallegos were arrested by the Greenville Police Department on the morning of Oct. 31, 2012.

According to a police report, an officer making a routine traffic stop on Interstate 30 observed suspicious modifications to the suspects’ vehicle. The officer was reported to have asked for and received permission to search the vehicle, during which the officer discovered $215,000 hidden inside the automobile. In addition, the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was contacted because of the immigration status of the two suspects.

The charges were filed as first degree felonies, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

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