EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — While an Arizona woman sits in the Madison County jail on money laundering charges. The $1.5 million discovered in her car during a traffic stop last Friday will likely be split up among law enforcement agencies.

It’s called Asset Forfeiture and Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says any money or property obtained through illegal activity can be seized. His office has already submitted paperwork to get it’s share of this haul.

A 62 year old woman leads police to $1.5 million in cash packed in 27 vacuum-sealed plastic bags. Carole Galvez of Gila Arizona was charged Monday with money laundering.

$1.5 million in cash packed in 27 vacuum-sealed plastic bags were found in 62 year old Carole Galvez’s car.

If the application is successful, Gibbons says his office should receive around 12.5 percent.

“I use this money to do a great deal of anti-drug education in our schools, our project drug smart is funded in part by this, ” Gibbons said. “Our red ribbon week poster contest and pizza parties that we provide for the winners, that money comes from drug asset forfeitures.”

Gibbons say recent money seized was used to buy equipment that gathers evidence from cell phones.


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