K-9 Sniffs Out Drugs, Suspected Drug Money

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Press Release: Madison County Sheriff's Office

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 30th day of April 2013, Madison County Sheriff’s Office I.C.E. Team stopped a 2013 Chrysler 200 for committing a traffic violation on Interstate 10 in Madison County. The Chrysler was driven by Alex Leon Price of Whigham, GA and occupied by passenger Tiresias Darnell Anderson of Cairo, GA. While taking enforcement action for the traffic offense deputies observed signs of deception and indicators of criminal activity.

Based on the observations K-9 Max was deployed to conduct a free air sniff on the exterior of the Chrysler sedan. K-9 Max gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotic odor on the passenger and driver side doors as well as the trunk.

After completing the enforcement actions deputies conducted a probable cause search of the Chrysler. During the search a small plastic bag containing cocaine and marijuana was located in the front center console area. A large shoulder bag was located during the search of the trunk and was found to contain a large amount of U.S. Currency. The currency was packaged in a manner consistent and indicative of a drug courier’s method to transport currency to be used in drug transactions.

Both Price and Anderson denied owning the currency or knowing who the owner was or how the currency got into the car. The currency was seized in accordance with the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. An official count determined the currency to total $43,120.00. Alex Leon Price was taken into custody at the scene and charged with Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana. Additional charges are pending for Tiresias Darnell Anderson as the investigation continues.

Charged are the following:
Alex Leon Price, B/M, DOB: 09/26/1979, Whigham, GA 39897
1. Possession of Cocaine
2. Possession of Marijuana less 20

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