REFUGIO – A Los Fresnos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Friday, June 7.

Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Wright said the man made an illegal left turn and then was stopped in the 100 block of North Alamo Street.

The man, Ernesto Avila Raflos, 51, was driving a black 2008 Z71 Tahoe, according to Wright.

Law enforcement discovered $131,900 in cash in the vehicle.

The cash was suspected to be drug money or laundered money and was seized.

Wright said the case will go to the courts as the cash was turned over to the district attorney.

After the case is prosecuted, a determination of how to dispose of the cash will be made.

The case remains under investigation.

Tim Delaney is the Refugio editor at the Advance-Guard Press and can be reached at 361-526-2397, or at