Cash SeizedApr 22nd, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Front Page
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 16th day of April 2013, Sgt. Doug Haskell stopped a 2 door Volkswagen for two separate traffic violations on Interstate 10 in Madison County. The driver and sole occupant was identified as Walter Eric Holmes of Quincy, FL.
While taking enforcement actions Sgt. Haskell detected signs of deception and other indicators of possible criminal activity. After completing the enforcement actions for the traffic violations committed, Sgt. Haskell inquired of Holmes if he was transporting any drugs, weapons or large amounts of currency. Holmes stated that he was not. Sgt. Haskell asked Holmes for consent to search the Volkswagen and Holmes granted permission.
During the search Sgt. Haskell located a large amount of bundled U.S. Currency concealed inside a plastic bag containing men’s clothing. The currency was packaged in a manner indicative of drug courier’s method of transporting currency either for or from the purchase of illegal narcotics. Holmes claimed the bag and clothing but denied owning or having any knowledge of the currency discovered therein. Holmes could not provide an explanation on how the currency became wrapped in his clothing or concealed in his bag.
Holmes signed a disclaimer of ownership and the currency was seized pending further investigation.