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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  • by Sara Location: Tallahassee on Aug 31, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    Why is it that Madison County gets SO MANY drug/drug-money busts on I-10??? I hear about it every other week it seems.... They always say the were pulled over for minor traffic violations, but it's too often to be coincidence. Makes you wonder if they're dirty.......
  • by izitjustme? Location: undisclosed(Cheney turned me on to the place.) on Aug 30, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Let Freedom Ring.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    Nope, been through Madison thousands of times. Haven't found bundles of cash in my car afterward yet. I wouldn't sign a waiver. I have no problem proving the source of my money.What I have a problem with are the forfeiture statutes. It used to be that you are innocent until proved guilty.Now you bear the burden of proving innocence of the money. Kids can get drugs easier than beer or cigarettes. As far as your "rights to live free of drug dealers, drug abusers, guns, ripoffs, shootings, and the like.", How's that working out for you? Please show me where the drug war has had any effect on supply. Insanity is doing the same thing the same way repeatedly expecting a different result. I don't consent to searches, not because I have something to hide,but because I'm a U.S. citizen and I don't have to. I care not one whit about the money they get,it's not mine. But, I'm not going to watch us turn into a police state without pointing out that it is slowly taking away our rights.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Aug 30, 2010 at 04:43 AM
    Huh,if you would read the story you would see that Bartholomew Demetri Lawson said the money was not his and sihned a waiver saying it was not his.Ya'll have got to be the stupidest people I've ever seen.
  • by anon Location: wakulla on Aug 29, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    These two deputies are pretty brave putting there photos out there,they must have forgot about Trooper Jimmy Fullfer ,But they have my support
  • by anonymous Location: anywhere on Aug 29, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    izitjustme?---sounds like they got YOUR money...
  • by shelia davis Location: msm on Aug 29, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    THANKS bill for your thoughts. WE CARE
  • by Bill Location: Tally on Aug 29, 2010 at 03:41 AM
    The cops are doing their jobs, that I, the taxpayer, pay them to do. Quite a few people express their feelings about what their rights are, and I support your freedom of expression. I likewise, express my rights to live free of drug dealers, drug abusers, guns, ripoffs, shootings, and the like. And before you give me the "legalize it" argument, don't forget, if it is legal, it will be heavily taxed and regulated, which means laws. There will also be laws about where, when, and how it's used. All laws that will be broken, side-stepped, and avoided...and enforced. I don't want to be around drugs, and I don't want my kids around them. That's my right, and I vote too. I hope the cops keep up the good work.
  • by shelia davis Location: msm on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    3 white cars followed me to work saturday morneing. iI THINK THEY WERE TELLING ME TO BE QUITE.
  • by izitjustme? Location: a cove on the coast, swatting no see-ums on Aug 28, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    NO ONE should be required to surrender both their 4th&5th amendment rights without a warrant issued by an impartial Judge. I will not surrender my rights. I will cost any county that tries me more than it's worth,A)because I'm a citizen and there will be a jury trial. I am not scared of the justice system. You never know, I may be a beneficiary of "Justice For All, Who can afford it." or you may be a victim of it. Just say No! to consent.And shut up after that except to reiterate that you are not consenting to any search. You have the right to remain silent, reach deep down and find the ABILITY to do so.
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