IREDELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Sheriff's deputies in Iredell County have made two busts in recent days using a device
Sheriff Phillip Redmond stated:
On Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 1:45 p.m., members of the Iredell County Sheriffs Office Interstate Criminal Enforcement (ICE) Team stopped a 2000 Jeep sports utility vehicle on Interstate 40 westbound at the 158 mile marker for a valid traffic violation. During the course of the stop, deputies became suspicious of both occupants due to their actions towards officers. The driver and passenger had California driver licenses, but were traveling in a vehicle registered in Gastonia, North Carolina. A sheriffs office drug detection canine was introduced to the vehicle and the canine indicated to the odor and/or presence of controlled substances. A search of the vehicle located a hidden compartment above the glove box near the passenger side airbag. Located inside the compartment was $48,000 in United States currency wrapped in plastic. An ion scanning device was used on the money, which showed detectable amounts of cocaine, higher than typically found
on money. Deputies contacted the United States Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection, who authorized the seizure of the currency. During the course of the search, deputies also located a Global Positioning System in the vehicle, which had the location of law enforcement agencies identified in the system.