A Texas linesman appears to have imposed $5,000 bail on a Mexican woman accused of money laundering. Authorities prevented the woman from crossing into Mexico with $250,000 and two pistols.
Court files filed in Webb County show authorities detained 28-year-old Yeishi Moriya Villasenor in a local jail on Aug. 23. At the time, Moriya went before local magistrate Leticia Martinez, who formally charged her with one charge of money laundering and set her bail at $5,000. Records also revealed that Moriya was released on August 25 after a local bailiff posted her bail.
The case began Monday at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in the border town of Laredo, Texas, when a woman driving a 2022 Volkswagen Jetta approached to enter Mexico, a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
A CBP officer sent the woman to a secondary inspection where authorities brought a police dog that led them to several bundles of cash, a 45-caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun. According to the CBP, the Webb County Sheriff’s Office has filed a state complaint against Moriya and Homeland Security Investigations is also investigating the case. It remains unclear whether federal authorities will charge the Moriya in the future. According to the Laredo Morning TimesMoriya would receive $3,000 to move the money from Dallas to her home state of Michoacan.
The case sparked controversy in Mexico, as Moriya is the daughter of Artemio Moriya, the mayor of the city of Tacambaro, Michoacan, and a member of the country’s ruling MORENA party. Numerous Facebook posts by Yeishi Moriya show that she promotes her father’s political career.
The MORENA party was founded by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who previously claimed that the war on drugs is over. The Mexican president promotes a nonviolent approach to drug cartels that has led to the phrase “abrazos no balazos or hugs, no bullets”. This approach led to much criticism of AMLO and MORENA and accusations that the party favors certain criminal organizations.
On Friday night, days after Yeishi’s arrest, Artemio Moriya released a video statement confirming his daughter’s arrest. The politician claimed that Yeishi was with her husband and two children at the time of the arrest. After the release of his daughter from prison, the family was supposed to travel back with the politician’s wife, but he lost contact with them and has not heard from them. The politician did not make any statements about the money and weapons that the American authorities have seized from his daughter.
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist at Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and further Facebook. He can be reached at [email protected].
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