DA: Man arrested with $544,000 in cash

Jose Alfonso Barrientos

An elderly Rancho Viejo man is behind bars after authorities found $544,000 dollars in cash hidden in a secret compartment of his car.

Investigators with the Cameron County District Attorney's Office Special Operations Group arrested Jose Alfonso Barrientos on a money laundering charge Monday night.

Authorities had stopped Barrientos for a minor traffic violation near the intersection of Boca Chica and Billy Mitchell Boulevards around 7 p.m. Monday.

A consent search of his car revealed a hidden conpartment containing eight UPS bags filled with $544,000 dollars worth of cash.

Investigators believe the cash is from an illegal activity.

The 66-year-old Rancho Viejo man remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail where he is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday morning.

Public records show that Barrientos lives on the 300 block of Tesoro Avenue in Rancho Viejo.