Matteson traffic stop yields $75K in suspected drug money - New York News

Matteson traffic stop yields $75K in suspected drug money

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MATTESON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Four people pulled over by Illinois State Police denied knowing anything about $75,000 in suspected drug money that troopers found hidden in a car, so officers seized it.

About 2:30 p.m. Monday, District Chicago troopers and agents from the Narcotics and Currency Interdiction Team pulled over a vehicle going east on U.S. 30 in Matteson for a traffic violation, a statement from ISP said.

Because the driver did not have a valid driver's license, both the driver and two passengers were asked to get out so the vehicle could be searched, police said.

As the vehicle was being searched, a second car pulled up and the person inside, claiming to be a relative of the other men, asked what was going on. So police searched that vehicle too.

The search yielded tools and other items known to be involved in narcotics trafficking, and a hidden compartment with $75,100 in bundled cash inside, police said.

All four subjects denied owning or knowing anything about the money, police said.

Officers seized the cash, and the driver of the first car was ticketed for not having a valid driver's license and issued a written warning for making an illegal U-turn, police said. The men were then released.

State police continue to investigate, but said such cash amounts are generally drug-related.

"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," ISP Major Joseph Perez said in the statement.

"This is yet another example of how far criminals will go to hide illegal drugs, cash and dangerous weapons," added Perez.

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