A former Hidalgo County candidate was released on bond for money laundering charges.

Robert Ricardo “Bobby” Maldonado was issued a $200,000 bond after being held for a week in federal custody.

Maldonado was initially arrested in February 2012 in Victoria, Texas after DPS troopers found over $1M in cash in the back of his vehicle but it was not until last week when he was charged.

Maldonado was running for Hidalgo County Constable, Precinct 1.

A trial date is still pending.