FREER - A 20-year-old Mexican national was arrested for money laundering Saturday afternoon when deputies discovered $8,000 hidden in his vehicle's door panel.
Brandon Ivan Rodriguez-Perez was traveling through Freer when he was pulled over for a traffic violation on Highway 59 and Second Avenue.
During a roadside interview the patrol officer noticed Rodriguez-Perez's nervous demeanor. Rodriguez-Perez gave the officer verbal consent to search the brown Chevy Trailblazer.
When other deputies arrived on the scene a search was conducted and revealed the $8,000, according to Duval County Sheriff Deputy Robert Castanon.
Rodriguez-Perez told the deputies that he had went to Houston for a day and was traveling home to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
His vehicle was taken to the sheriff's office in San Diego to conduct a extensive search.
Rodriguez-Perez was booked into the Duval County jail.