Sheriff’s Office helps intercepts drug money headed to the border

Sheriff’s Office helps intercepts drug money headed to the border

Wednesday, May 30, at 8:27 p.m., Beaumont Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) were conducting a surveillance investigation in search of an 18 wheeler believed to be carrying a large amount of drug money to the Texas/Mexico border. They located the truck in Lafayette, Louisiana and followed it into Texas. With the assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont PD, Vidor PD, Port Arthur PD and Texas DPS, the truck was tracked into the Beaumont area and stopped on IH10 near the 848 mile marker.

A search of the 18-wheeler yielded $500,219.00 in cash along with a handgun. The driver, when interviewed, claimed no knowledge of how a suitcase full of cash got into his vehicle. The driver was identified and released. The cash and gun were seized. The investigation continues.

— JCSO

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