HEWITT (August 18, 2013) -- Two men were arrested and now face money laundering charges after an estimated $21,000 was found in their possession during a traffic stop in Hewitt on Saturday.
Martin Laurel-Ramirez and Candelario Laurel-Hernandez remained in the McLennan County jail Sunday, each in lieu of a $35,000 bond jail records showed.
They were both ordered held without bond on immigration detainers, as well.
According to Hewitt Police Chief James Devlin, two men were pulled over for a traffic violation early Saturday morning.
The vehicle the men were in showed indications that it may be involved in the transportation of drugs.
During the traffic stop, an officer searched both men and found wads of cash literally, "spilling out of the passenger's pants," Devlin said.
Devlin said an estimated $21,000 was found after his officers counted the cash.
Both men were detained and gave differing stories about where the money came from.
After questioning they were charged with money laundering.
A search warrant was obtained to search the vehicle for narcotics.
According to Devlin, the vehicle will be taken apart and searched Monday by his department.