YCSO traffic stop leads to arrest, over $100,000 in cash seized

Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies seized over $100,000 in cash during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 17 near Highway 260 on Monday.

According to a sheriff's office news release, a deputy stopped a Ford Taurus with Kentucky license plates for speeding and a lane violation.

The deputy then noticed the driver acting nervous and it appeared that he was under the influence of a stimulant, officials said.

Deputies requested permission to conduct a search of the vehicle but the driver declined. Deputies deployed a YCSO narcotics detection K9 for an exterior check of the vehicle.

The K9 displayed an odor alert and deputies inspected the vehicle finding approximately $9,000 by the front seat, a small quantity of methamphetamine in a cup holder and several stacks of U.S. currency in a duffle bag in the trunk, officials said.

Deputies determined the money was connected to drug transactions and the driver was taken into custody, suspected of money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs and driving under the influence.

The suspect was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.  He remains in custody on a $250,000 bond.

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