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OSP Troopers Find Over $61,000 Cash During Traffic Stop - Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove
05/30/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is forwarding reports to the Lane County District Attorney's Office for consideration of money laundering charges after troopers discovered over $61,000 cash in a car during a May 20th traffic stop near Cottage Grove. OSP troopers and drug enforcement detectives believe the cash is tied to drug trafficking, but no arrests have been made pending review by the district attorney's office.
 
On May 20, 2008 at approximately 9:30 p.m. a Cottage Grove police officer stopped a 1993 Honda Accord two-door displaying California license plates southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 186 for failure to maintain a single lane of travel and suspicion of DUII. OSP troopers were requested as back up during the stop and after arriving noted indicators that the vehicle may be involved in criminal activity.
 
Further investigation led to the discovery of $61,340 cash concealed inside the vehicle. No illegal drugs were found. An OSP trooper and drug dog assisted during the investigation.
 
The car's two occupants, a 38-year old male driver and 21-year old male passenger, both from southern California, were detained and later released. Their names are not being released because they have not been arrested in this case.
 
Information developed during the investigation is being forwarded to the Lane County District Attorney's Office for consideration of money laundering charges.