More than $300,000
in cash was recovered from a vehicle on Thursday after a traffic stop on
I-65 in Jasper County, the Indiana State Police said.
police, at 12:15 p.m. Charles R. Allen, 30, of Emeryville, Calif., and his
passenger, Sivon P. Smith, 26, of San Francisco, Calif., were stopped at the
225 mile marker, five miles south of the Demotte exit, for unspecified
contact with Allen and Smith, police said, the trooper “became suspicious of
possible drug activity” and conducted a “free-air search of the vehicle”
with his K-9 partner, Ryker, who subsequently alerted to the vehicle.
The vehicle was
then searched and $315,288 in cash was discovered in three suitcases, police
“One of the
subjects stated that the money was from ‘side jobs’ but they had not claimed
it on taxes,” police said.
Allen and Smith
were transported to Jasper County Jail and charged with money laundering, a
Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.
information about illegal drug use is urged to call the Lowell Post at (800)
522-8917 or ISP Drug Tip Line at (800) 453-4756. Tips may be made