Federal judge detains Venezuelans accused of having evidence of credit card skimming

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A federal judge in Oxford detains five Venezuelans accused of credit card skimming.

Posted: May 29, 2018 7:40 PM
Updated: May 30, 2018 9:10 AM

OXFORD, Miss.  (WTVA) - Five Venezuelans accused of having evidence of credit card skimming have been detained following a detention hearing in federal court in Oxford. 

A traffic stop by the Mississippi Highway Patrol two weeks ago in Lowndes County led to them being taken into federal custody. 

A criminal complaint states in the early morning hours of May 18 and May 19 two cars were pulled over during a driver's license check point on US 45 alternate near Askew Road.  

All five passengers proved to be from Venezuela but after suspicious activity by some of them, troopers searched the vehicles.

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

The five returned to federal court Tuesday afternoon after a language barrier between the group, their attorneys and court officials led to their initial hearing last week to be challenging and continued. 

After listening to evidence presented by federal prosecutors, US Magistrate Judge David Sanders ordered the five remain held in the custody of the US Marshals. 

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