Over $104,000 in cash seized by Yavapai County Sheriff’s OfficePosted on February 10, 2014
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office seized over $104,000 from a traffic stop on southbound I-17 near Highway 260 in Arizona. Deputies stopped a black 2008 Ford Taurus with Kentucky plates for speeding and a lane change violation. That vehicle was driven by Karl Harz, 63 from Southern California.
During the traffic stop, deputies noticed several suspicious indicators of deception. They also noticed Harz was very nervous and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. When asked by deputies, Harz declined consent to search his vehicle. At that point a drug sniffing K-9 was utilized.
Since the K-9 alerted to the vehicle, deputies had probable cause to search it. Deputies located a stack of money, approximately $9,000, near the front seat of the vehicle. Deputies also located a small amount of meth in the cup holder. A duffle bag full of cash and money hidden in crown royal bags were located in the trunk of the vehicle.
A total of $104,000 was seized from the vehicle. Deputies developed additional information that determined the money was connected to narcotic transactions.
Harz was transported to Camp Verde Detention Center and charged with money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs and driving under the influence of drugs.