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Arizona Department of Public Safety officer seizes over $300,000 in U.S. Currency during routine traffic stop

Friday, November 6, 2009 -

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On November 3, 2009, at approximately 2:00 p.m. an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer stopped a white 2004 Ford F-150 pick up truck for following too closely eastbound on Interstate 10, at milepost 97, approximately 50 miles west of Phoenix. A subsequent search revealed $1,000 in the back seat and several vacuum sealed packages of U.S. currency in a compartment behind the rear seat containing $307,090. The driver was carrying another $360 for a total of $308,450. He stated he was driving to Laveen from Los Angeles.

Driver Arrested: Emanuel Ramon Campa Bermudez, 25, Laveen, Arizona.

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.