Police in Texas reported that their narcotics division discovered over $500,000 in cash in a tractor trailer during a “highway interdiction” on September 12th. The sheriff’s office of Fort Bend County seized the money from a vehicle owned by Javier Jose Lopez.
Lopez was pulled over by Detective M.R. Hricko, a K-9 handler and member of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force near Houston, TX after making several erratic lane changes. Lopez aroused further suspicion during the routine traffic stop, prompting Detective Hricko to conduct an in-depth search. During the search, the detective found the cash concealed inside the vehicle.
Lopez was arrested and charged with money laundering in the amount greater than $200,000. The charge is a first degree felony which could cost Lopez up to $10,000 and anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison.
The money was held under a Chapter 59 Seizure Affidavit, which is a “federal statute used to seize money believed to be the result of drug assets, drug sales or a felony criminal offense.” The truck and trailer have been impounded.