Milford traffic stop leads to drug money arrest
By 11/23/2006 00:00:00
Paperwork filed to seize money
MILFORD - A seven-month pregnant Rebecca Hernndez, 30, was arrested on a third degree charge of money laundering after a traffic stop.
She was later transported to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie where she was being held on $20,000 bond.
If convicted, she could face two-ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Josh Hearn, a senior patrolman with the Milford Police Department, said he clocked Hernndez doing 79 in a 65-mile-per-hour speed zone as she traveled on southbound Interstate 35 Thursday, Nov. 16 about 2:30 p.m.
After finding inconsistencies in her story, Hearn said he decided to call the department's K-9 unit to the scene.
Two-year old Truman, a drug-sniffing labrador, 'hit' on the passenger side of the rear door of the 1997 green Chevy Tahoe.
Truman alerted officers to a box under the backseat.
Officers recovered $26,696 dollars in cash bundled up in multiple packages. Hearn said.
'We just seized the money and the vehicle,' Hearn said, noting there were no drugs found in the vehicle.
'I found three hidden compartments, used to transport drugs at one time.'
Since no drugs were found in the vehicle, it was unknown exactly what type of drugs the money had been in contact with.
The compartments were found in the center of the dash, center of the console and in the gas tanks.
Hearn said Hernndez did not give any reason of why she was transporting so much money.
The officer said he didn't know what would happen to Hernndez's baby if born in jail.
The Milford Police Department has filed paperwork with the District Attorney's office to seize the money and Tahoe.
Hearn said it was unknown when the money and vehicle would be awarded to the department, since it's a civil matter.