Boca police: Three men caught with dozens of counterfeit credit cards, cocaine

Boca Raton police pulled over a BMW with three men in it Friday afternoon for running a red light.

But a quick search of the car — and the men’s groin areas — turned up 31 counterfeit credit cards and cocaine.

Cesar Primila is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

Cesar Primila is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

Cesar Primila, 37, of Aventura and 31-year-old Jucivaldo Amaral of Medianeira, Brazil, were arrested on charges of possessing counterfeit credit cards, according to court records. Johny Araujo Do Amaral, 25 and a Brazilian citizen, faces counterfeit credit card charges in addition to a cocaine possession charge.

Johny Araujo Do Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards and cocaine. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

Johny Araujo Do Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards and cocaine. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

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Boca police were in an unmarked car Friday afternoon at the Publix Super Market in the Palmetto Park Square shopping plaza just east of Interstate 95, according to a police report. Three men in a BMW pulled into the parking lot. Two of the men went into the store separately and returned with items.

The driver, later identified as Primila, pulled out of the parking lot and ran through a red-turn signal on Palmetto Park Road. Primila slowly rolled to a stop when the officers pulled him over.

A license plate search showed the BMW was from Sixt Rent-a-Car. An employee told police none of the men were on the rental agreement and the car was overdue.

Police had the men climb out of the car, which is when they found cocaine near the front passenger seat where Do Amaral had sat. Fifteen counterfeit credit cards were nearby and in plain view, police said. They were wrapped in a rubber band.

Jucivaldo Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

Jucivaldo Amaral is charged with having counterfeit credit cards. (Provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

A search of Primila turned up 15 credit cards stashed in his groin. Do Amaral had eight credit cards near his groin and eight more in his wallet, police said.

Police did not find any credit cards on Amaral, according to their report.

Do Amaral and Primila were being held Monday in the Palm Beach County Jail on $15,000 bonds, court records show.

Amaral was released on a $15,000 bond early Monday, jail records show.

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