Thursday, September 11, 2008

Traffic Stop Turns Up Fake Credit Cards

A Hialeah man and woman were arrested on felony charges Wednesday after deputies say they found illegal credit cards in the pair’s pickup during a traffic stop in Golden Gate.

Ramon Rodriguez, 20, and (redacted), were each charged with possession of counterfeit credit cards and illegal use of credit cards.

Arrest reports say Rodriguez and (redacted) were traveling in a 2004 Dodge Ram at the 97 mile marker of Interstate 75 when deputies stopped them because the truck’s temporary license plate was improperly displayed.

Deputies say there was a large white fuel tank in the bed of the truck. The tank did not have a cap and a large amount of diesel fuel had spilled into the bed, reports said.

The tank was not approved by the state Department of Transportation for carrying fuel over a public highway, reports said.

While deputies were speaking to Rodriguez, the driver, they could see (redacted), the passenger, taking items out of her purse and stuffing them between the seat cushions beside her, reports said.

Deputies received permission to search the pickup and found eight credit cards and gift cards inside the seat cushions beside , reports said. Further investigation revealed the cards were fraudulent, reports said.

Rodriguez was also charged with unlawful conveyance of fuel, reports said.