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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Large Cash Seizure; Investigation Continuing
11/07/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An ongoing investigation stemming from an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Sunday morning, November 2nd, has led to the seizure of over $350,000 cash and one arrest. Additional arrests are anticipated in the Portland metropolitan area as the investigation continues.
 
On November 2, 2008 at approximately 1:17 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a 2001 Honda Accord displaying Washington license plates southbound Interstate 5 north of Roseburg near milepost 131 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as JOSE LUCIO LUCATERO-MENDOZA, age 33, from Vancouver, Washington. Subsequent investigation led to the discovery by OSP troopers of approximately $268,200 in the car.
 
LUCATERO-MENDOZA was arrested by OSP for Money Laundering, a class B Felony, and lodged in the Douglas County Jail.
 
To this date, follow up investigation in the Vancouver, Washington area has led to a residence and bank account. Investigators have seized assets including a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup and cash in the amount of approximately $99,000 allegedly involved in the crime of money laundering.
 
The investigation is continuing involving OSP, Portland Police Bureau, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.
 
No additional details, including information about the Vancouver residence and bank account, are being released at this time. No photographs available for release.
 
This is the second largest cash seizure in the last several years related to an OSP traffic stop. On February 12, 2006 OSP troopers seized over $471,000 cash believed to be related to criminal activity during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 in the Salem area.