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Woman Jailed On A Money Laundering Charge

A 26-year-old woman was jailed on a money laundering charge early Friday morning, according to police reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Cleve Williams reported stopping a Toyota Rav4 at 10:55 p.m. Nov. 12 at the 128 mile marker on Interstate 30 west for a traffic violation.

No HCSO jail photo available for Deras Maria Elizabeth Melara

The occupant, a 26-year-old woman who told officers she lives in Dallas, reportedly was found to be in possession of nearly $14,000. When asked, the woman was unable to tell officers who the cash belonged to. The interdiction officer reported his narcotics canine alerted on the money for “contamination of an illicit narcotic odor.”

Deras Maria Elizabeth Melara was arrested at 12:18 a.m. Nov. 13 and jailed on a money laundering charge, according to arrest reports.

Deras Melara also allegedly advised she is an El Salvador citizen in the United States illegally. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were being contacted, according to Williams.

The 26-year-old woman remained in Hopkins County jail late Friday morning. Bond on the state jail felony charge was set at $20,000, according to jail reports.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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