NACOGDOCHES CO. (KYTX)- The Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office has executed two search warrants Friday afternoon that has led to the arrest of one person for making fraudulent identification cards.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that an ongoing investigation into fraudulent identifications cards led investigators to identify the main target of the investigation. The sheriff's office had received complaints about fraudulent identification cards being made and had recovered some of them over the last several months.
Investigators were able to identify a low level target in the operation and set up a deal to purchase a set of fraudulent identification cards. An undercover deputy was able to purchase the cards about a week ago and investigators were able to conduct surveillance on the operation to figure out who was making the identification cards.
Investigators gained probable cause for two search warrants that belonged to Andres Ramos Marrero on County Road 522 and County Road 824.
Investigators executed both search warrants Friday evening. Investigators recovered numerous electronic devices, to include computers, printers, hard drives, printing emblems, fake identifications cards and other devices being used to manufacture and print several different types of fraudulent identification cards.
Investigators found that fake social security cards, residential alien cards, Mexico identification cards, Texas identification cards and Texas driver license were being manufactured at the residence on County Road 522. The residence on County Road 522 was a trailer house, which was set up into an office. The residence sole purpose was being used for criminal activity to produce these fraudulent identification cards.
Andres Ramos Marrero, 45, was arrested at the scene and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. Marrero has been charged with fraudulent use of identifying information a 1st felony. Marrero bond has been set at $50,000.00. Marrero has also been 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 has confessed to manufacturing at least 200 fraudulent identification cards over the last 8 months.
Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that homeland security will be assisting in the investigation to go through all the data on the electronic devices that have been seized as evidence from the suspect. More arrest are pending after the investigations is fully completed and all the information retrieved is processed. The Sheriff Office has already identified other suspects in this case. We need to see what level of involvement these other people had, right know we got the main suspect and this operation has been shut down.