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Illinois State Police Seize $300,000 in Traffic Stop

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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOX) — Its not every day that a state trooper finds thousands of dollars in a car and the driver denies he knew it was there.

Illinois State Police stopped a purple Dodge Durango for improper lane usage Saturday morning on Interstate 70 heading westbound near Highland, Illinois.

The driver was acting weird leading the trooper to suspect possible criminal activity. The Trooper asked for, and was given, consent to search the vehicle.

He then discovered 30 rectangular bundles sealed with electric tape. The bundles contained cash and were hidden inside two boxes of new home audio equipment. The 30 bundles of U.S. currency were later determined to contain a total of $300,000 cash.

“I don’t know of anyone who has a legitimate reason for carrying around $300,000 cash,” said District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons. “And if you do have a legitimate reason for it, you’re not going to say that the money isn’t yours and deny you knew it was in the vehicle with you,” he continued.

The driver of the vehicle signed a disclaimer form which disavowed any knowledge of the money. The money was seized and the driver was questioned and released.

The investigation is ongoing.

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