DPS seize almost half a million dollars last month

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ARIZONA - The following is a press release from the Department of Public Safety:

Several traffic stops by Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers along with the efforts of DPS criminal investigators resulted in the seizure of $467,565 in drug money during September of 2008.All of the money seized was U.S. currency.

The largest money seizure made by DPS following a single traffic stop during this period occurred September 16th when a DPS officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on I-10 eastbound near Tucson.The officer received consent from the driver of the vehicle to conduct a vehicle search and, as the officer began his search, the driver fled the scene on foot and was not located.DPS Canine "Rex" alerted to a hidden compartment in the vehicle which revealed $164,855 in U.S. currency.The vehicle and currency were seized.

"This seems to be the time of year when the drug cartels are trying to move a large portion of their drug cash through the United States.DPS Officers are on the front lines of this battle every day along the highways of Arizona.We remain ever vigilant to get illegal narcotics and the cash that funds this drug trade off the streets," said Roger Vanderpool, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.