BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office seized dozens of ‘cloned’ credit/debit cards during a traffic stop on I-65.
On October 2, 2018, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputies became involved with an investigation after a traffic stop was conducted on a 2007 Ford F-350. This traffic stop occurred on Interstate 65 near mile marker 42.
BCSO identified the driver of the F-350 as Eunelio Blancos Puna. While talking with Mr. Puna, deputies said they observed things that made them suspicious of criminal activity.
Mr. Puna consented to a search of his vehicle and during that search approximately 50 Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit/debit cards were discovered, according to BCSO. During the investigation, deputies confirmed that some of those cards contained encoded data that was different from what was printed on the cards.
Puna was arrested for Possession of a Forged Instrument, Trafficking in Stolen Identities and Possession of a Forgery Device.
Deputies say this same truck was stopped in the Gulf Coast Region in September of this year. That traffic stop resulted in a seizure of approximately 150 fraudulent cards and encoding equipment.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is working with state and local partners along with federal law enforcement agencies on this case.