Routine traffic stop nets $100K in highly questionable cash

2009-04-12T22:00:00Z Routine traffic stop nets $100K in highly questionable cashBy JARED DuBACH Elko Daily Free Press
April 12, 2009 10:00 pm  • 

Free Press Staff Writer

ELKO — More than $100,000 was seized by the Nevada Highway Patrol during a routine traffic stop Sunday on Interstate 80.

According to information from the highway patrol, a trooper was westbound at 7:12 p.m. on the interstate a few miles east of Wells when he noticed a green Daewoo with Iowa plates without a plate lamp and only one operable tail lamp.

The trooper pulled the vehicle over and when he approached it, he allegedly noticed occupants Jory Nelson and Nicholas Dolan, both of Sheffield, Iowa, acting nervously and exhibiting “several indicators that criminal activity was afoot.”

A sheriff’s K9 did a sweep of the vehicle’s exterior and indicated narcotics may be present. A search warrant was obtained, and $116,810 was located during a search. Both Nelson and Dolan denied ownership of the money.

Dolan and Nelson were also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, but Lt. John O’Rourke of the highway patrol said because the amount and nature of the paraphernalia did not warrant an arrest, the pair were cited and released.

O’Rourke said the money was seized because the men denied ownership, and said when large sums of cash are transported the owner must possess receipts or IRS forms indicating the money is from a legitimate source.

By Jared DuBach

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