Cash from I-70 seizure given to federal agency

A cash seizure totalling $16,980 from a vehicle on Interstate 70 near Loma last week has been turned over to federal authorities, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

State Patrol Sgt. Mike Baker said in an email statement that the seizure on Feb. 9 from a 2003 Ford Expedition, which was stopped following alleged traffic violations, was handed over to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigations division.

It wasn’t clear why the federal agency was involved in the matter.

Baker has said the cash, which was found in three separate locations in the Expedition, was surrendered without protest from the driver of the vehicle, who was let go with warnings about speeding and driving with an obstructed rear temporary license plate.

The vehicle was stopped around 10 a.m. Feb. 9, at mile marker 13, because of the alleged traffic violations, Baker said.

The driver was a 21-year-old man from North Hollywood, Calif., who was accompanied by two women, ages 18 and 25, also from California.

Baker has said the driver gave consent to search the vehicle, which led to the discovery of the cash. While Baker said the driver offered an explanation for the money, it was seized on suspicion of being proceeds from drug trafficking.


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