$138,000 IN CASH SEIZED EAST OF ROCK SPRINGS

DATE: NOVEMBER 03RD, 2015

TITLE: $138,000 IN CASH SEIZED EAST OF ROCK SPRINGS

 

 

A WHP traffic stop on Halloween near Rock Springs, Wyoming has netted

over $138,000 in seized cash.

The stop occurred on October 31st around 10:00 a.m. on Interstate 80

near mile post 107 westbound just east of Rock Springs. A 2015 Chevy Malibu

was stopped for speeding 80 mph in a 75 mph zone.

Confusing and conflicting stories from the occupants of the Malibu led to a

WHP K-9 deployment around the car. After the K-9 alerted to the presence of a

controlled substance in the Chevy, a search revealed two large boxes containing

the large quantity of cash as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.

Tong Xiong, a 37 year old female resident of Oroville, California, was cited

for possession of a misdemeanor amount of suspected methamphetamine. Her

and the other two occupants in the Chevy were released at the conclusion of the

initial investigation.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assisted Patrol with the

case and have taken over custody of the currency. The seized currency is

believed to have come from assets that were derived from, or were used to

facilitate criminal activity. The currency may be proceeds from drug trafficking

activities, organized crime or money laundering.