Drug dog finds $800,000 cash haul
HAMMOND - Sheriff's investigators seized nearly a million dollars in cash after a traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish this week, but made no arrests.
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said on May 26 deputies detained two people driving to Houston after the department K9 found $800,000 in cash in their vehicle.
Edwards said a deputy was on I-12 near Robert when he spotted a speeding pickup. The deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, who said he was going back to Texas after working in Mississippi. The deputy said his passenger gave a conflicting story about their stay in Mississippi, so he asked if could search the vehicle. The deputy refused and said he did not have anything illegal in the vehicle.
The sheriff's office K9, Mako, was brought in to do a sweep outside the vehicle and deputies said he alerted twice in the same area, which indicated a "strong possibility" of illegal drugs. Deputies searched the vehicle after that point and found the cash inside.
Sheriff Edwards said they found no drugs, just cash, and the two were not arrested. Their investigation is continuing.
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