Thursday, December 11, 2008

Traffic Stop Leads To Counterfeit Credit Cards, Arrest

A Miami-Dade County man is facing felony charges after deputies say they found counterfeit credit cards and a fake ID on him during a traffic stop in North Naples late Wednesday.

Angel Portuondo, 40, North Miami Beach, was arrested and charged with possession of counterfeit credit cards, possession of fraudulent identification and violation of driver’s license restrictions.

Arrest reports say Portuondo was behind the wheel of a 2007 Honda Accord that was swerving out of its lane of traffic as it headed east on Immokalee Road when deputies conducted a traffic stop at the intersection with The Lane around 8:35 p.m.

While deputies were issuing Portuondo a written warning, Portuondo offered to let them search his car, reports said.

The search turned up dozens of cartons of cigarettes in 7-Eleven shopping bags, which Portuondo told deputies he purchased at Wal-Mart with his bank debit card. Portuondo was unable to provide deputies with the debit card, reports said. Deputies also found numerous gift cards in various locations inside the Accord, reports said.

Portuondo also gave deputies permission to search his pockets and his wallet. Deputies found six counterfeit credit cards and a Pennsylvania driver’s license with Portuondo’s picture and another man’s name on it, reports said.