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Gas skimmers found after Alachua County traffic stop

Police found gas skimmers, re-encoder, 50 fraudulent credit cards

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two Miami men are in the Alachua County Jail Wednesday after a traffic stop found evidence of credit card fraud and equipment used in gas skimmers.

Edrey Acosta, 27, and Rogelio Delgado Gonzalez, 39, were driving on Interstate 75 Tuesday evening when they were stopped for speeding by Gainesville Police. A K-9 indicated the presence of narcotics in the car, so a search was conducted, police said.

According to the arrest report, the search yielded almost 50 fraudulent credit cards with the magnetic strips altered to hold different information than what the card face showed.

Officers said they also found a credit card re-encoder concealed in panels in the vehicle. Gas pump skimmers, skimmer attachments and multiple keys that appear to be used to open gas pumps to place the skimmers were also found, police said.

The investigation is continuing to determine how many victims are involved with these fraudulent cards and gas skimmers and will take some time to complete.

At this point in the investigation, both men have been charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and use of re-encoder on magnetic stripe of payment card to defraud.

Acosta also had an active warrant from the U.S. Secret Service for use of counterfeit access devices and aggravated identity theft.

Acosta will eventually be extradited to their custody, and the Gainesville Police Department will work closely with the USSS as the investigation progresses.