Whisper stop leads to cash and drugs
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Another week; another whisper stop nets Task Force a load of cash.
“Whisper Stop” is the term used when federal narcotics agents give local law enforcement a “head’s up” on money, drugs or contraband they know will be traveling through their area. Those types of cases are the foundation of HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Groups.
In short, it is a way for local law enforcement to share in the profits of the drug smuggling industry. Locals make the stop and everyone gets a piece of the pie. When they “bust” a cash transport they divvy it up amongst the current members of the Task Force each taking a share; even the District Attorney’s Office gets a cut for prosecuting the offenders.
A couple of weeks ago the Fort Bend Narcotics Task Force, in conjunction with the federal government, made another highway cash seizure.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said that on Monday, May 12, 2014 a traffic violation led to a traffic stop U.S. 59 south at Isleib Road near Beasley. He said that during that stop “Officer Mike” a K9 assigned to the Task Force alerted on a box in the back of the car that contained $169,632 in U.S. currency. The driver, Isidro Sosa, 60, of Olmitio, Texas, was arrested and charged with Money Laundering. His bond was set at $15,000, he posted his bond and was released the following day.
Haenel said, So far in the month of May, Task Force agents have seized $386,332 in three traffic stops.
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