Traffic stop may net $1.2 million

By BROOKE STEVENSON
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE — Police here are expected to keep over $1 million they confiscated during a traffic stop.
About 7 p.m. July 7 they seized approximately $1.2 million from a semitruck near I-75 and Schaefer.
The truck was stopped due to faulty lighting, and police suspect the money is from an alleged drug money transfer going from Detroit to Arizona. The driver of the truck, a 39-year-old California man, presented his log book to police, but the entries didn’t match.
Police became suspicious after discovering the inconsistencies and called in a K-9 officer for a search. The dog showed interest in two duffel bags and a suitcase in the back of the truck. The bags were filled with 51 $25,000 bundles.
During questioning the driver told police that somebody had given him $5,000 to drive the money to Arizona. The driver signed off that the money wasn’t his and that he didn’t want it.
Police released the man because there wasn’t anything to charge him with, and he gave the money to the officers. They did however confiscate his truck.
The money will be held for 20 days in case anyone wants to contest the seizure.
Police say they doubt anyone will come forward to claim the money. It was counted and deposited into the drug forfeiture fund, in order to get such a large amount of money out of the station.
Property forfeited to the fund can be retained or sold, if it isn’t harmful to the public, by the local unit of government that seized the property.

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