Identity theft and drug trafficking suspects arrested by Tennessee Highway Patrol

Posted at 6:07 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:07:58-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Identity theft and drug trafficking suspects were arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) during a traffic stop Monday.

According to THP, a trooper stopped a silver GMC Yukon XL on I-24 near mile marker 82 in Rutherford County for a traffic violation. During the stop, two other troopers arrived to help.

The trooper who made the stop became suspicious that the people in the Yukon were involved in some kind of criminal activity, and got consent to search the vehicle. The troopers found 42 re-encoded credit cards, nine Bluetooth skimmer ribbons, one laptop, one USB skimmer ribbon attachment for a computer, multiple gas pump keys, gas pump security seals, five grams of cocaine and other paraphernalia related to credit card and identity theft.

Troopers also found an address on the Yukon's GPS system, and learned that the address belongs to a BP gas station in Illinois.

Law enforcement in Illinois were notified, and they went to the station and contacted its owner, who unlocked the gas pumps computer system.

Through a video call, THP worked with the Illinois officers to find Bluetooth skimmers attached to the gas pump card readers. The Illinois officers put the skimmers in their evidence room.

Yosvany Cabrera, 35, of Miami, Florida and Rodovaldo Gonzalez, 31, of Miami were arrested and booked into the Rutherford County detention center. Their charges are felony possesion of Schedule II, 42 counts of criminial simulation, 42 counts of identity theft and 42 counts of identity theft trafficking.

The investigation is ongoing. It will be presented to the United States Secret Service for federal prosecution.