Illegal immigrant accused of operating fake ID mill in ETX
POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:34am
Nacogdoches County, Texas (KETK) — An illegal immigrant has been detained and is on a Homeland Security hold after it was learned he was making fraudulent identification cards in Nacogdoches County.
Andres Ramos Marrero, 45, was arrested by deputies executing two search warrants Friday afternoon at a trailer home on County Road 522. The suspect is accused of making several different forms of fake IDs: Social security cards, residential alien cards, Mexico identification cards Texas ID cards and Texas driver license.
According to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges, an ongoing investigation into fraudulent identifications cards led investigators to identify the main target of the investigation. His department had received complaints about fraudulent cards and had recovered some of over the last several months.
Investigators were able to identify a low level target in the operation and set up a deal to purchase fraudulent identification cards. An undercover deputy bought the cards about a week ago, and investigators were able to determine the culprit through surveillance.
Detectives gained probable cause for two search warrants on Marrero at CR 522 and CR 824. Deputies recovered computers, printers, hard drives, printing emblems, fake identifications cards and other devices used to manufacture the cards.
Investigators determined the home's sole purpose was to act as an office for criminal activity to produce fraudulent identification cards.
Marrero was arrested at the scene and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail. He was charged with fraudulent use of identifying information, a first-degree felony. His bail was set at $50,000. The suspect was later identified as being in the United States illegally and a hold has been set on him by Homeland Security.
Investigators with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office conducted interviews with Marrero on Friday evening. Marrero confessed to manufacturing at least 200 fraudulent identification cards over the last 8 months.
Sheriff Bridges stated Homeland Security will be assisting in the investigation to go through all data on the electronic devices that have been seized as evidence from the suspect. More arrests are pending after the investigations is fully completed and all the information retrieved is processed.
Deputies have identified other suspects in this case, however, Bridges said the main suspect is in custody and the operation has been shut down.