Man charged with money laundering

A Colorado man is charged with money laundering after Wichita County deputies found $25,435 cash in a rental vehicle he was driving.

According to an arrest affidavit:

A Wichita County deputy stopped a vehicle for traveling 79 mph in a 75 mph zone around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

During the stop the man, later identified as William Renard Johns, said he was driving from Colorado Springs to visit his sick mother in a hospital in Galveston. He said his wife had rented the vehicle for him, but she couldn’t come due to a daughter’s basketball game.

After Johns consented to a vehicle search, the deputy located a small Army bag inside a larger duffle bag.

The smaller bag contained 25 bundles of U.S. currency in what appeared to be $1,000 bundles of various denominations. There was also a small plastic baggy with a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.

Johns said the large duffle bag was already in the rental car from the night before and he didn’t know how the currency got in his bag.

Deputies also found $535 in Johns’ pant pockets in small bundles of $20, $10 and $5 bills.

Johns was arrested and charged with money laundering. His bail was set at $50,000, and he was not in Wichita County Jail Wednesday.

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