Updated: February 27, 2014 6:45AM
Illinois State Police seized $75,100 in suspected drug money after stopping a car last week in Matteson as part of a drug trafficking investigation, police said.
State troopers and agents from the Narcotics and Currency Interdiction Team pulled over a car about 2:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 30 for a traffic violation, according to state police.
Because the driver did not have a valid license, the driver and two passengers were ordered out of the car and it was searched, police said. They said that as the search was being conducted, a second car pulled up, and the driver, claiming to be a relative of the other men, asked what was going on — leading police to search that car, too.
The searches yielded tools and other items known to be involved in drug dealing and a hidden compartment in one of the cars with $75,100 in bundled cash inside, police said. They said all four people denied owning or knowing anything about the money.
Police seized the cash, and the driver of the first car was ticketed for not having a valid driver’s license and issued a warning for making an illegal U-turn, police said.
State police continue to investigate the incident but said such large amounts of hidden cash are usually related to organized crime and narcotics trafficking.
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