LEE COUNTY, Fla- Two Miami men are getting acquainted with the Lee County Jail after being busted with 39 cloned credit cards in their possession.
A detective assigned to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit was patrolling Interstate 75 in North Fort Myers near mile marker 144 on Thursday at approximately 2:00 p.m. The detective conducted a stop for a traffic violation. The vehicle had two occupants.
Upon making contact with the occupants, the detective immediately noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A narcotic certified K9 was utilized to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert to the odor of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 39 cloned credit cards with names that matched those of the vehicle's occupants. A stack of cloned credit cards was found concealed inside the vehicle underneath the center console area.
The detective was able to determine that the credit cards were cloned and contained compromised information on the magnetic strips that were applied to the counterfeit cards.
Due to the nature of the incident, the Lee County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit responded to assist with the investigation.
The United States Secret Service also responded and assisted with the investigation.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the following were arrested and charged: Armando Leon, 38, Miami, charged with Possession of counterfeit credit cards and Trafficking in counterfeit credit cards. Alexi Barreto, 25, Miami, charged with Possession of counterfeit credit cards.