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$100K cash seized during traffic stop

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(Source: Camden Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Camden Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Camden Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Camden Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Camden Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Camden Co. Sheriff's Office)

A traffic stop on Tuesday along Interstate 95 resulted in the seizure of $100,000 in cash by Camden County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop at about 4 p.m. Tuesday on a black Ford Edge southbound on I-95 at mile marker 6 for an improper lane change.

Deputies noticed the driver had three cell phones in the center console, who of which were open and active. The driver who was later identified as Juan Nunez, 32, of Orlando, FL, showed them his Florida driver's license and registration. While deputies were running his information, Nunez was fidgeting excessively and would not look in his direction, according to the CCSO.

Nunez was issued a warning for the traffic violation. The deputy asked Nunez if there were any weapons, drugs or large amounts of cash in the SUV to which he replied no. The deputy then asked him for consent to search the vehicle and its contents and Nunez said: "I don't mind, but I don't want you to search the vehicle," according to the sheriff's office. 

A second deputy deployed his K-9 to conduct the search. During the search, Nunez told them deputies were doing a great job and that he wanted to become a police officer. While searching the center console area, was an aftermarket compartment built in the console with cash inside was found, according the sheriff's office.

Drug investigators were notified and responded. The SUV was driven to the sheriff's office garage. The compartment was then opened and four black bags were removed. Inside each bag was vacuum sealed U.S. currency, which was hand counted and totaled $100,000. The cash was labeled and placed into evidence at the sheriff's office.

Nunez was allowed to get his personal items from the SUV and was released. The SUV was inventoried and stored at the sheriff's office substation.

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