DPS traffic stop leads to seizure of $300,000
KINGSVILLE, TX — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized more than $300,000 in cash on Monday after a Texas Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a Chevrolet Silverado in Kleberg County.
A DPS Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado for a traffic violation on U.S. 77, approximately seven miles south of Kingsville.
While interviewing the driver, the trooper noticed several indicators of possible criminal activity. After being denied consent to search the vehicle, DPS requested assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol. A Border Patrol canine subsequently alerted to a spare tire where 10 bundles of U.S. currency were discovered.
The driver, Uriel Mayorquin-Carrillo, 24, of Houston was arrested for felony money laundering. DPS Criminal Investigations Division agents are continuing to investigate this incident.