An Indiana State Police K-9 Unit executed a traffic stop on Interstate-70 during the weekend that led to the discovery of a large amount of cash.
According to a press release, shortly after 7:30 p.m., Sunday, ISP Trooper Mike Finney, along with K-9 partner "Sabre," witnessed a motorist traveling eastbound at 81mph in a 65 mph zone while patrolling near the 9-mile marker of I-70.
The trooper reported the unidentified driver also made a lane change from the driving lane into the passing lane that nearly forced another vehicle off the roadway.
Finney, who was assisted by Trooper Jason Kempf, stopped the blue 2009 Chevrolet Impala at approximately a few minutes later to discuss the violations with the driver, who Finney believed appeared to be more nervous than the usual driver during a traffic stop.
The driver also reportedly gave conflicting stories about his travel intentions.
K-9 Officer Sabre was deployed externally around the vehicle and the dog "alerted" to the area of the trunk.
During a search of the trunk, Finney found $13,205 wrapped in blue jeans inside a duffle bag. A subsequent search of the driver found $3,316 in his front pants pockets, making the total amount seized $16,521.
The 31-year-old male driver was cited for a passing violation and given a written warning for speed before being released from the scene. It is ISP policy to not release the names of persons suspected of a crime. At this time, the driver is only a suspect.
The seized money is currently being held by ISP as evidence pending the completion of Finney's investigation, review by the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office and the subsequent forfeiture process.