At first look, the one factor amiss with Yoelkys Cuba Cardoso’s Ford Expedition was that the home windows have been tinted too darkish.
However when a state trooper pulled him over in Hialeah Gardens, he instantly smelled the overwhelming odor of diesel gasoline. Hidden contained in the cab was a one hundred fifty-gallon aluminum tank, masked in tan carpeting, rigged with a pump and hose to dispense gasoline like some kind of cellular fuel station.
Cardoso, 38, didn’t seem too involved concerning the flamable cargo. “He was smoking a cigarette once I pulled him over,” stated Florida Freeway Patrol trooper Alexis Otano.
And inside a aspect panel, troopers discovered fifty three present playing cards encoded with stolen-bank card numbers, which have been suspected of getting used to buy the product for Miami’s thriving fuel black market serving shady gasoline resale corporations and lengthy-haul truckers.
Cardoso, who might be formally charged Thursday, is only one of dozens of males who’ve been arrested in the course of the previous two years in a rip-off that prices shoppers, cheats reputable gasoline corporations and poses a security hazard. Police estimate that there are scores of vans swollen with fuel in unsafe containers traversing South Florida roads on any given day.