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Nueces County Sheriff's Office seizes cash during traffic stop

Nueces County sheriff John Hooper
Posted at 10:52 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 14:01:08-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man is in Nueces County Jail after he was charged with money laundering charges by Nueces County Sheriff’s deputies.

The man was arrested Tuesday evening after a search of his vehicle, said Capt. Danny Lorberau of the patrol division of the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office.

“Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver’s demeanor showed that some kind of criminal activity was going on,” Lorberau said. “The story he gave officers did not make sense so they asked for consent to search.”

That search turned up “large bundles of currency” that were stashed “several places in the vehicle,” Lorberau said.

The man provided no resistance during the arrest.

“When officers stop people out there and see this demeanor, it can be any type of criminal activity,” Lorberau said. “It could be somebody not wanting to give their name because they are wanted. It could be a stolen vehicle. It could be transporting drugs or money. It could be a bunch of things. That’s what they go from. Does it make sense? And then they go from there.”

Deputies still have not provided an official count of the seized money, but it’s believed to be about $300,000.

The money will be seized and a forfeiture hearing will be held to determine where the money will go through consultation with the District Attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department.

“We work together to do what is right,” Lorberau said. “Every now and then we stop a vehicle like this where things aren’t right and we end up with money or drugs. We’ll continue to do this to keep the citizens of Nueces County safe.”