PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland man is facing money laundering and marijuana charges after authorities said he picked up a bag of cash from the Portland International Airport.
Bernardo Fernandez allegedly picked up the bag at PDX on June 26 after it was checked onto a flight with no corresponding passenger.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said a K9 alerted police that the bag contained or had touched a controlled substance, so they waited to see who picked it up.
Police said when Fernandez got the bag from the carousel, he took a photo of it and then appeared to be sending someone a message.
When officers stopped him, Fernandez first said the bag was his, then changed his story and said a friend asked him to pick it up. For proof, officers asked to search his phone and found photos of a “distinctive apartment” with large amounts of marijuana and money in it.
Officers searched the bag and found between $30,000 and $50,000 in cash.
When they searched Fernandez’ apartment, police found another $140,000 in cash and 48 pounds of marijuana.
He now faces charges of laundering a monetary instrument and unlawful possession of marijuana.