Routine Traffic Stop Yields Thousands Of Dollars

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State troopers seized more than $15,000 after a traffic stop north of Trinidad Friday morning.

State Patrol says the driver was pulled over around 10 a.m. on I-25 16 miles away from Trinidad for going more than 95 mph. The vehicle was towed after the driver was determined to not be the registered owner. Troopers say he couldn't explain why he was driving the vehicle, and the owner was unable to be located.

While doing an inventory of the vehicle later, CSP says the driver was found to be a convicted felon, and there was evidence indicating he might be carrying a weapon--illegal for felons. When authorities searched him for a firearm, he was allegedly found to be carrying a large amount of unknown currency, multiple bank cards and gift cards.

A K-9 search of the vehicle uncovered more than $15,000. Troopers say the driver couldn't supply paperwork for possession of the money.

The driver was released and the money was taken for processing. The driver has not been identified. State Patrol is still investigating.

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