Currency Seizure Off I-10 in Madison County

By: MCSO Release
By: MCSO Release

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.

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  • by Harry Location: Havana on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    The Madison County Cops are terrible. I had one jerk in a deputy uniform, a doo rag and mirrored sunglasses stand at the edge of the breakdown lane and stare at me as I drove past (not speeding). Since when is money illegal, I don't care how its packaged. Somebody should put those cops in the slammer. Nothing but a bunch of profilers trapping revenue for their county.
  • by C on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:15 PM
    Here is what most likely happened. Cops threatened the drivers with arrest or told them to let the thieves, I mean cops, have the money and car. So sign it away so it can't be easily contested. Sadily that is the best option the drivers could hope for. The cops would have brought out drug sniffing dogs otherwise and had them "tag" the money. Too bad 80% of money actually has drug residue left on it and they know they can easily get the "expert" witness, the dog, to signal. They can use this on anyone if they feel spitful. And then any property that they take then has silly court filings like 50k vs the state of florida. Of course the money will loss. Then simply taken. No one of any two brain cells should be fooled that cops and the judicial branch or any poltications want to decrimilize drugs. With the former it lines their pockets, and the latter it is to scare us to vote for them.
  • by YouBetya Location: madison on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    Madison is one of the few dry counties left in Florida. 90% of the population are alcoholics; go figure. That tells you who is in control of the illegal substances being distributed.! oh and by the way if you and anybody like you exceeds the speed limit in Mad County you'll be targeted as well.
  • by Reality Location: Madison on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:51 PM
    You people are a bunch of idiots. You are the reason our Country is in shambles. Let’s make dope legal and hell pass it out to the kids at Halloween! These guys were obviously en route to purchase dope or had already made their drop. Who in their right mind would give away $55,000 and not argue about it. They knew what time it was and took the easy route. It goes back to the old saying, "Can't do the time, don't do the crime!" Now this money can go into their budget to purchase vehicles and equipment. But, what a minute didn’t MCSO get hit a year or so ago with a budget cut and their Deputies salaries were actually cut when other people were getting raises? People complain about Law and Government jobs, well I am tired of hearing it. Stop complaining and get into a career, stop flipping burgers and complaining there are way too many grants, scholarships and government incentives out there to be complaining. Come join the crew! Way to go Madison S.O. keep them coming!
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      by BUBBA on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:31 AM in reply to Reality
      I think we sell your house and confiscate all your guns and money without a trial and give all the money to the $100,000/year sheriff.
  • by it maby legal for most part. but it aint right. BUT WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG ANYMORE? Location: jennings fl on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    yea ben i passed thru madison the other night on i-10 and seen first hand how your little game works.
  • by ??????? Location: Tallahassee on Oct 10, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Interesting picture, Barney Fife comes to mind. Why is he so happy? Does he get to keep the cash, the car, the gun?
  • by To Steve on Oct 10, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Have you ever read a history book my friend? Go do a little research on Prohibition in the 20's and learn about all the crime, murders, gangsters and racketeering it caused. Then look at what happened to all that crime after Prohibition was repealed - it went away. Take away the illegal profits and you take away the crime. People have always done drugs - SINCE THE BEGINNING OF RECORDED HISTORY - be it alcohol, tobacco, peyote or coca! It's not a question of stopping drug use - it's a question of how to best shape and guide it so it causes the least damage to society. When America wakes up and realizes the truth maybe we can make changes that actually help. Legalize it, tax it and use the revenue to get people off drugs. Addicts usually want to stop using but they can't do it on their own and locking them up has been shown to do nothing but waste tax dollars. I'm sure you are against wasteful government spending aren't you?
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      by Capone on Oct 10, 2011 at 03:11 PM in reply to To Steve
      You are a smart man! Al Capone said himself "Prohibition has made nothing but trouble."
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      by Sonny on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:03 PM in reply to To Steve
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      by Bulemic on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to To Steve
      Spoken like a true crack addict! Good luck with your problem.
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        by Capone on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:59 PM in reply to Bulemic
        Are you a cop?
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        by Steve Not in Marietta on Oct 10, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to Bulemic
        I don't know what it does, but you refresh my attitude with your thoughtful blog. There's a reason why Joe Kennedy got rich moving bootleg liquor into China back in the day. He got paid in illegal drugs, and became filthy rich! When prohibition was repealed, this hoodrat did the only thing he could, to preserve his Dynasty! Camelot! He got his kids in politics. Attorney's General Senator, longtime Mass. Senator, sitting President of The United States of America. Opium...bootleg rot-gut whisky? What have we done? A side note for Steve @ Oct 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM. I do in fact read history, and you are simply too young to understand the problems we had in joining the twentieth century a hundred years ago. That's in fact what happens when you run a cartel, your money maker goes bye-bye, and now you cry because someone doesn't want you to have free tar heroin, from your barber shop?!?! Thanx Folks.
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          by Go Navy on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:31 AM in reply to Steve Not in Marietta
          As I've said before, Hoodrat Steve is a good example of what happens when you expose a mediocre mind to Rush Limbaugh.
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          by BUBBA on Oct 11, 2011 at 05:43 AM in reply to Steve Not in Marietta
          Go Navy can ignore history, but ignoring history does not change the facts about the Kennedys. Those who do not learn from history repeat it.
  • by american Location: fl on Oct 10, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    i would be grinning from ear to ear if i just took a over a $100.000 from someone just because they passed thru MY COUNTY and there was nothing they could do about it. maby it is we put a wad of cops on the unemployment lines. the only one's doing good these days are law enforcement and other gov. jobs.
  • by Obamabinlyin Location: Kenya on Oct 10, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    If drugs were de-criminalized for adults, none of this would be happening. Those who say otherwise ought to study the years of Prohibition and the years following...
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      by Ima on Oct 10, 2011 at 04:22 PM in reply to Obamabinlyin
      Your name, by itself, marks you as a total idiot.
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      by Harry on Oct 10, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Obamabinlyin
      I think his name is great, and true.
  • by terry madison on Oct 10, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    what a bunch of idiots. the madison cops that is. last time they atleast let them go home in their vehicle. i guess sheriff needed a lincon. so how did they get home? if walking hope they dont get ran over and sue the dead end county.
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