Madison County, Florida - October 10, 2011 -
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday the 6th day of October 2011 at 1:30 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 seizure of $55,000 in US currency, a 357 Magnum hand gun and 2004 Lincoln Navigator 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 concealed false compartment in the rear floor area of the 2004 Lincoln Navigator. The compartment contained the $55,000.00 and a 357 magnum hand gun.
The currency was packaged in a manner that is indicative of a drug courier’s fashion of transporting currency used for drug transactions. Both of the vehicle occupants denied having any knowledge of the currency and 357 magnum and voluntarily signed a disclaimer of ownership form for the currency and weapon.
The vehicle was driven by Jorge S. Arrendondo, DOB: 09/18/1976 of Miami Florida and occupied by one passenger, Walfrido Rodriguez Lopez, DOB: 10/07/1974, of Mission Texas.