Crime & Courts

More than $150,000 seized on I-77 during traffic stop

Iredell County Sgt. Randy Chilton, left, and Sheriff Darren Campbell.
Iredell County Sgt. Randy Chilton, left, and Sheriff Darren Campbell. Charlotte

More than $150,000 in cash was seized from a driver traveling through Iredell County in a rented vehicle, and authorities were investigating whether the case was linked to organized crime.

Iredell County deputies found the cash after stopping a vehicle on Interstate 77 south on Oct. 26 for a traffic violation.

The driver is an Atlanta man who served time in federal prison for drug trafficking, according to a report from Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell. Charges had not been filed.

The man told deputies the car had been rented by a third party, and he was not sure where his final destination would be.

Investigators were trying to determine whether the cash seized might have links to criminal networks. Authorities said organized crime networks and narcotics trafficking operations sometimes use “currency mules.”

“The interstates which go through Iredell County are major arteries for criminal activity,” Campbell’s report said.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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