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Arizona Department of Public Safety seizes almost $200,000 in suspected drug related cash last week following routine traffic stops

More than 100 pounds of marijuana also seized by DPS during the same time period

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -

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On October 28, 2009, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer stopped a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 17 at milepost 262 near Cordes Junction for an equipment violation. A search of the vehicle revealed a false pallet of pressboard on a flatbed trailer. Inside was $134,098 in suspected drug cash.

Arrested: Delano Pierre Jones, 42, of Detroit

Charges: Money laundering

On October 29, 2009, on Interstate 10 westbound at milepost 235 near Marana, a DPS Officer observed two vehicles traveling in tandem. He stopped one of the vehicles, a white sedan, for following too close. Another DPS officer stopped the other vehicle, a Range Rover SUV, for impeding traffic. The driver of the SUV fled on foot. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of 89 pounds of marijuana. A search of the sedan revealed a bundle of currency totaling $61, 729. With the assistance of the Marana Police Department, the subject was located and later arrested.

Arrested: Loushandou Hasani Brathwaite (driver of the SUV), 34, of Florida (unknown city)

Charges: Possession of marijuana for sale plus two outstanding warrants for felony assault out of Florida.

Arrested: Nigel N. Bennett (driver of the white sedan), 41, of Florida (unknown city)

Ottmar Derry Ebanks (passenger), 31, of Florida (unknown city)

Charges: Money laundering


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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.