Currency Seizure on I-10

By: Madison County Sheriff Press Release
By: Madison County Sheriff Press Release

Madison County, Florida (Press Release) -- Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on August 24 at 9:45 AM investigators of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 for a traffic infraction that resulted in the arrest of Bartholomew Demetri Lawson, B/M, DOB: 02/09/1979 of Quincy, FL and Shavonte T. Holloman, B/F, DOB: 10/22/1987 also of Quincy, FL and the seizure of $32,155.00 in US currency that is now pending forfeiture proceedings.

The Drug Task Force investigators detected signs of possible criminal activity and conducted a consent search. During the search investigators located a small amount of marijuana inside Holloman’s purse. During further search of the vehicle a box was located on the back seat and was found to contain a large duct taped package. At that point both Lawson and Holloman denied owning the box and package or knowing who the owner of the box was. The duct taped package was cut open and found to contain a black plastic trash bag that contained 30 bundles of U.S. currency. The currency was packaged in a manner that is indicative of a drug courier’s fashion of transporting currency used for drug transactions. Both Lawson and Holloman denied owning the currency or knowing who the owner of the currency was and voluntarily signed a disclaimer of ownership form for the currency.

Bartholomew Demetri Lawson was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license per court order for child support delinquency.

Shavonte T. Holloman was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less 20 grams and an active out of county arrest warrant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) has adopted the case for federal forfeiture.

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