By LeaAnne Klentzman
A traffic stop by Rosenberg police may prove to be profitable for police; but not so much for the intended recipient or the sender who may have to forfeit it.
Thursday, August 10, about 7:45 ip.m., Rosenberg police officer David Mirelez and his canine partner conducted a traffic stop in the 27000 block of US 59 in Rosenberg. During that traffic stop, the officer & the dog walked around the stopped vehicle and preformed a sniff search. When the dog was on the passenger side of the truck, it “alerted”, prompting more questions and a further search.
The ensuing investigation revealed what the dog “alerted” on was hidden rolls of cash. Hundreds of rolls of cash. As can be seen in the photographs, there were thousands of dollars rolled into small cylinders hidden inside what was once the picture tube of an old television. The bountiful old television was being transported in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. More tightly rolled cash tubes of US currency were discovered inside a propane canister that was sequestered inside a cardboard box with a gas grill that was discovered in the bed of the vehicle.
A total of nearly $432,000 in US currency was seized.
The money will be held by police until the investigation is complete and they can make a definitive determination on who the cash rightfully belongs to and why it was packaging in such a unique manner.
This case remains under investigation.