Wednesday, July 30, 2008

2 Charged With Credit Card Trafficking

A traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Golden Gate early Wednesday led to the arrests of two east coast men who deputies say had dozens of counterfeit credit cards in their car.

Eduardo Estrada, 32, and Osmiel Vasquez Rodriguez, 25, both of Hialeah, were charged with trafficking in fraudulent credit cards, a felony.

Arrest reports say deputies pulled over a 2007 blue Dodge Charger driven by Estrada for failing to move over to another lane for a sheriff’s vehicle that was on a traffic stop on I-75 near the 99 mile marker around 2 a.m.

With Estrada’s permission, deputies searched the car and found numerous credit cards in various people’s names as well as gift cards in the center console and glove compartment, reports said. A search of Estrada’s passenger, Vasquez Rodriguez, turned up numerous gift credit cards in his wallet, reports said.

A total of 63 credit cards were found, reports said. Further investigation revealed the cards were counterfeit, reports said.