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Trooper, K-9 partner seize cash

Monday, January 12, 2009

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.


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I thought that was me they were talking about at first. I carry $3000 in my pockets all the time too.

-- Posted by bartpeterson24 on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 5:05 PM

So how much money does the law permit a person to carry? Actually, maybe someone can post the I.C. number of the law, I can't seem to locate it.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 5:47 PM

anymore than a 100 dollars may land you in jail lol look at our economy where does the forfeited money go anyway exactly

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 9:00 PM

81 in a 65 was the reason for the stop, Isaah Thomas got pulled over for excessive speed and found to have 2000 dollars in his pocket, I think you have to explain away any suspicion as to why you think carrying a large sum of money on your person is a sane idea who knows do you drive 85 in a 65 when you're enroute to make a bank deposit?

-- Posted by Centered on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 8:42 AM

Last I knew, and I do not claim to know the law, carrying money is not a crime.

Are they implying drugs here??? I just dont get it!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 9:38 AM

Explain why the person is carrying a large amount of money?? Since when & what law covers carrying a "large" amount of money? At what point does the money become a large amount? $5, $50, $500 or what? And who makes that decision? Now I'm sure they probably figured it was drug connected, but I'd still like to see the law and what probable cause they used to seize it.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 3:32 PM

The money must have had traces of drugs from the hands of the driver, or the blue jeans, something made the dog hit at the trunk ,it wasn't like the guy had on a 3 piece suit and explained his investors were entrusting him to roll up thousands of dollars in a duffle bag and go put it on some hot commodity for them. I read in the Greencastle paper a while back they bought a new vehicle for their P. D. with confiscated drug money. No one is writing in about the amount that would be considered legal to carry, probably because there's no set amount, it was all the other things that caused the money to be confiscated, pending the outcome of the investigation.

-- Posted by Centered on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 7:24 PM


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