Madison County, FL - September 25, 2012
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday the 19th day of September 2012 at 10:05 AM, Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 silver 2 door Mercedes for speeding, following too close, failure to use turn signal and illegal window tint. The vehicle was traveling East bound on interstate 10 in Madison County. The vehicle was being operated by Christopher Joseph Stallworth of Pensacola Florida.
While Investigators were taking necessary enforcement action concerning the traffic violations, they noted several signs of deception and suspicious behavior of the driver. A canine search of the exterior of the vehicle was conducted with a positive alert. Incident to the positive canine alert, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. The search discovered a bundle of currency in the center console and two additional bundles of currency wrapped in plastic bags containing cotton balls sprayed with perfume in the trunk area of the Mercedes. The glove box contained a cocked, loaded and ready to shoot 25 caliber hand gun.
The currency was commonly packaged in a manner indicative of a drug couriers fashion for transporting currency. A count of the currency revealed the total amount to be $16,211.00. Stallworth gave several stories of discrepancy regarding to whom the currency belonged to and the amount.
Christopher Joseph Stallworth, B/M, DOB: 12/22/1973 of Pensacola Florida was arrested and charged with Possession of Firearm by convicted felon. The currency was seized pending further investigation.