$32,000 seized by a Tennessee Trooper on Interstate 75Posted on January 17, 2007
A Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper stopped a rental vehicle on Interstate 75 in McMinn County for speeding and suspicion of DUI. Inside the 2006 Grand Prix rented out of Knoxville, theTrooper found $32,000 in U.S. Currency. The driver, a 39 year-old white male, was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. Other charges are pending as the investigation continues.
The Trooper was conducing stationary observation radar at approximately 9:30 Wednesday morning when he observed the Grand Prix speeding at mile marker 45 southbound on I-75. The suspect vehicle passed by the stationary patrol car and nearly ran into the median of the interstate, according to the Trooper.
After stopping the suspect vehicle at MM 42, the driver was determined to be intoxicated and admitted to smoking marijuana. The subject failed field sobriety tasks but refused further testing. During a pat down, marijuana was recovered from the subject. A search of the vehicle console uncovered a large potato chip bag filled with $100.00, $50.00 and $20.00 dollar bills in thousand dollar increments.
Source: Tennessee Department of Safety