Otoe County Deputies Seize $130,000 In Traffic Stop
NEBRASKA CITY – The Otoe County Sheriff’s Office reports the seizure of $130,000 in suspected drug money.
A press release says a deputy stopped a car on Highway 2 near Unadilla for traffic violations.
Sheriff Colin Caudill said the deputy became suspicious of criminal activity while speaking with the 27-year-old female driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The deputy deployed an K-9 which indicated to the vehicle.
The sheriff says the money was found inside a cooler that was next to the driver’s seat.
The woman denied knowledge of the currency in the cooler.
The money has been turned over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Agency for possible federal civil forfeiture.
Sheriff Caudill says the county is still investigating on whether local charges will be filed. He said tests conducted on the money were positive for the presence of marijuana.
In September, sheriff's deputies seized $625,000 in cash that smelled of marijuana. The driver and passenger were cited for possession of drug money and the money was turned over to Homeland Security. In that case, a K9 alerted to the vehicle after a Highway 2 traffic stop near Valmont Drive.