Jan 28, 2010 4:41 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Authorities Recover Over $70,000 During Routine Traffic Stop

We have fought the illegal drug activity of this city for the past 7 plus years and we will continue to fight it under this administration," stated Chief of Police K.P. Gibson. These comments come after members of the narcotics unit recovered just over $71,000 in suspected drug money during a traffic stop. The stop occurred just after 5:30 pm on Tuesday evening.

"From time to time, our narcotics officers work interdiction on Interstate 10 or Highway 90. This past Tuesday evening one of our officers was on Interstate 10 and made a stop for traffic violations," stated Chief Gibson.

The traffic stop, which began as a minor traffic violation, led to the recovery of over $71,000. "The officer spoke with the driver and during this discussion, there were several indicators which led him to take the investigation to a higher level. After the officer obtained probable cause to search the vehicle, currency was found in three (3) separate areas of the vehicle. The largest amount of currency was discovered in a vacuum sealed bag, hidden within the luggage," stated Chief Gibson.

The vehicle, which was a rental vehicle out of Georgia, was occupied by Jamek Nicko Long, 28 of Milbrook, Alabama. Milbrook has been jailed on traffic violations and may face additional charges for Money Laundering. Long was traveling from Georgia to Houston, Texas at the time of the stop.

"Our department along with the District Attorney's Office is working on a seizure of this money. The District Attorney's Office has been involved in this case since the beginning and we appreciate their work. I believe in seizing anything of value from persons who are involved in illegal drug activity and should we be awarded this seizure, the funds will be used in the war against drugs here in Crowley," stated Chief Gibson.



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