Father, son charged with possession and money laundering

Jack Maniscalco

Marijuana seized

Suspicious activity at a student housing apartment complex on Craddock Avenue led to the recovery on Thursday of nearly 50 pounds of what authorities called “high grade” marijuana, along with thousands of dollars in cash.

Charged with felony possession and money laundering were 22-year-old Mason Dean Maniscalco of 1415 Craddock Avenue, and his father, 56-year-old Jack M. Maniscalco of Missouri City, Texas. Both remained behind bars Friday afternoon, each under bonds totaling $18,000.

According to a city press release, the arrests came about 6 p.m. on Thursday by way of a traffic stop in the 200 block of Sessom Drive. The stop followed an investigation by the Hays County Narcotics Task Force in which the two men were seen “transporting large cardboard boxes in a blue pickup truck.”

Mason Maniscalco

The traffic stop yielded 49 pounds of marijuana police believe was likely smuggled into Texas from a state where the substance is legal.

“Marijuana that is produced in states where medical or recreational use is legal is often diverted to other states, such as Texas, where it is resold at substantial profits,” said Sergeant Wade Parham, task force commander. “The San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff’s Office remain committed to fighting the illicit drug trade on a local level, as we firmly believe that it makes our communities safer.”

Also in the men’s possession was $26,000 in cash and a police radio.

Both are charged with possession of marijuana, 50 pounds or less but more than five pounds, a third-degree felony punishable by 2 to 10 years behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000; and money laundering, a state jail felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Daily Record was not permitted to speak directly to police about this incident.

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