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1/31/2013 1:57:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
ISP traffic stop results in huge cash seizure
COLLINSVILLE - An Illinois State Police trooper pulled a car over for two minor infractions only to discover more than $1.5 million in cash.

Illinois State Police officials said on Jan 26, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a District 11 trooper patrolling I-55, southbound near Collinsville, stopped a 2004 white Volvo convertible for improper lane usage with an illegal license plate cover.

Conversation with the driver led the officer to believe there was criminal activity. The trooper asked for, and was granted consent to look further inside the vehicle, police said.

Upon further investigation, the officer, who name was not included in the ISP news release, located 27 vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing $1,589,860 in U.S. currency.

Illinois State Police (ISP) today commended the good work of District 11 troopers and pointed to ISP's largest cash seizure in years.

"Cash amounts this large are usually connected to illegal drug trafficking," said District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons. "Drugs destroy lives and rip families apart, but when our officers apply training and solid police work, they are able to hinder the ability of these criminal enterprises from harming more people," he added.

Arrested and charged with money laundering was Carole Irene Galvez, 62, from Gila Bend, Arizona. Galvez is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

The Illinois State Police and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois (MEGSI) collaborated on this investigation. They worked closely with the Madison County State's Attorney's office to secure charges, ISP officials said.

Collinsville is about 135 miles east of Lawrenceville, in the St. Louis metro-east area.


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