Iredell County bust

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.

On Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 2:20 p.m., members of the ICE Team stopped a 1997 Chevrolet passenger car on Interstate 77 southbound at the 57 mile marker for a valid traffic violation. The vehicle had Tennessee registration and was occupied by two Tennessee residents. During the course of the stop, deputies became suspicious of criminal activity. A sheriffs office canine was introduced to the vehicle and the canine indicated to the odor and/or presence of controlled substances. A search was conducted ofthe vehicle and deputies located a bag stuffed in the dash that contained $10,460 in United States currency. An ion scanning device was used on the money, which showed detectable amounts of cocaine, higher than typically found on money. Both occupants disclaimed any knowledge of the money. Deputies contacted the United States Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection, who authorized the seizure of the currency.