Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 1:30 a.m., investigators for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 for a traffic infraction. The stop resulted in the seizure of $55,000 in US currency, a 357 Magnum handgun and 2004 Lincoln Navigator that is now pending forfeiture proceedings.
The Drug Task Force investigators detected signs of possible criminal activity and conducted a consent search. During the search, investigators located a concealed false compartment in the rear floor area of the 2004 Lincoln Navigator. The compartment contained the $55,000.00 and a .357 Magnum handgun.
The currency was packaged in a manner that is indicative of a drug courier’s fashion of transporting currency used for drug transactions. Both of the vehicle occupants denied having any knowledge of the currency and .357 Magnum and voluntarily signed a disclaimer of ownership form for the currency and weapon.
The vehicle was driven by Jorge S. Arrendondo, 35, of Miami and occupied by one passenger, Walfrido Rodriguez Lopez, 37, of Mission, Texas.