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Illinois State Police Officers Seize Over $75K During Routine Traffic Stop

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Press Release Date: January 24, 2014

Good Police Work Reveals Hidden Compartment Filled with Cash

MATTESON, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today commended the excellent police work on the part of troopers from District Chicago and agents from the Narcotics and Currency Interdiction Team (NARCINT) during a traffic stop that led to the seizure of over $75,000 in US currency. 

On Monday, January 20, 2014, at approximately 2:31 p.m., an ISP District Chicago sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling eastbound on U.S. Rt. 30 in Matteson for a traffic violation.  A check of the vehicle’s driver revealed he did not possess a valid driver’s license.   The driver and passengers were asked to exit the vehicle.  During an inventory search of the vehicle, another subject who was traveling in a separate vehicle approached the scene claiming to be a relative.

The vehicle inventory search uncovered tools and other items of interest involved in narcotics trafficking.  A search of both vehicles subsequently revealed a hidden compartment containing $75,100.00 in bundled U.S. currency in one of the vehicles.  All four subjects denied having knowledge of the currency. 

“Large currency amounts seized during traffic stops, especially those hidden in compartments intended to avoid detection from law enforcement, are usually related to organized crime and narcotics trafficking,” said ISP Major Joseph Perez.  “This is yet another example of how far criminals will go to hide illegal drugs, cash and dangerous weapons,” added Perez. 

The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for No Valid Driver’s License and a Written Warning for an Illegal U-Turn.  All four subjects were released pending further investigation of the matter.    

Over $75,000 seized during Illinois State Police traffic stop

 The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until the charges are proven in a court of law.

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