CSP confiscates over $15K during routine traffic stop
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol seized over $15,000 in cash Friday morning after pulling over a vehicle for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph.
The vehicle was heading southbound on I-25 approximately 16 miles north of Trinidad when it was pulled over, said the CSP.
The CSP added that the male driver was not the registered owner for the car and had no explanation as to how he became in possession of the car or where the vehicle’s owner was.
A search of the vehicle was conducted, during which authorities uncovered a weapon and a substantial amount of currency in multiple bank and gift cards, said the CSP. The search also revealed that the driver was a convicted felon — Colorado law prohibits felons from possessing a firearm.
A K-9 search then resulted in the discovery of over $15,000 in cash, and the driver was unable to provide any paperwork proving the money was his, said CSP.
CSP said they then cited the driver for speeding and had the car towed. The money was taken for processing after the driver was released.
This investigation is ongoing, said state patrol.