UPDATE: 5 busted with skimming devices appear in court

A traffic stop during the weekend led to five Venezuelans being taken into custody due to evidence of credit card skimming.

Posted: May. 22, 2018 9:40 PM
Updated: May. 23, 2018 9:24 PM

Update 5/23/18 -  The five Venezuealans accused of having evidence of card skimming appeared for their dentention hearing.

The language barrier between the group, their attorneys, and court officials made having the hearing challenging.

Magistrate Judge David Sanders rescheduled the groups detention hearing for Tuesday May 29th.

An interpretor was made available by phone.  Judge Sanders says they hope to have a interpretor physically come to the court room Tuesday.


LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A traffic stop during the weekend led to five Venezuelans being taken into custody due to evidence of credit card skimming.

A criminal complaint reveals the five could face federal charges.

The complaint says in the early morning hours of Friday and Saturday two cars were pulled over during a driver's license check point.

All five passengers proved to be from Venezuela and after suspicious activity, troopers searched the vehicles.

Troopers found skimming devices, two stacks of American Express credit cards, gift cards, pinhole cameras, electronic equipment and more.

The five were taken into custody without incident placed on investigative hold. A dentention hearing was set for Wednesday.

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