Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Sunday afternoon the 3rd day of December 2011 at approximately 4:00 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a 2008 Buick sport utility vehicle for a traffic infraction on interstate 10. The vehicle was traveling 90 miles per hours in a posted 70 mile per hour speed zone.
Deputies noted several discrepancies provided between the two occupants of the Buick and other suspicious activity regarding the driver not able to identify the passenger or from whom they had borrowed the vehicle from.
A Canine search of the exterior of the vehicle gave a positive alert by k-9 “Dare” which resulted in a “Probable cause” detailed search of the vehicle. The detailed search discovered a large sum of currency located in back pack. The currency was commonly packaged in a manner indicative of a drug couriers fashion for transporting currency. A count of the currency revealed the amount to be $40,000.00. The occupants of the vehicle denied ownership of the currency or having any knowledge of the currency or mysteriously how it appeared with their belongings. A receipt for the seized currency was provided and the investigation continues. The occupants were from Huntington California and Tampa Florida.