Man arrested after $100K in alleged drug money found in car

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested a California man Monday after allegedly finding more than $100,000 in drug money in the car he was driving.

Karl Joseph Harz, 63, was booked into Camp Verde Jail on charges including money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Just before 9 a.m., deputies stopped a southbound 2008 Ford Taurus with Kentucky plates on Interstate 17 near Highway 260. The sheriff's office said the Taurus was pulled over for speeding and a lane change violation.

The sheriff's office identified Harz as the driver by his Kentucky-issued driver's license.

Harz reportedly gave the deputy deceptive information about his travel plans, appeared nervous, and seemed to be under the influence of a stimulant.

When Harz declined deputies' request to search the vehicle, a narcotics detection K-9 was deployed, the sheriff's office said.

The K-9 sniffed the exterior of the Taurus and alerted deputies to possible narcotics inside.

Deputies searched the car and reportedly found a stack of about $9,000 in cash near the front seat and a small amount of meth in a cup holder.

A search of the trunk revealed several more stacks of money in bags, bringing the total to more than $104,000, the sheriff's office said.

The investigation of the scene led deputies to believe the money is connected to drug transactions.

Harz remained in custody Friday on $250,000 bond.