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ACSO seized $68,186 in U.S. Currency during a routine traffic stop of a reckless driver on June 6. PHOTO COURTESY OF ATASCOSA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

A routine traffic stop of a reported reckless driver resulted in a significant cash seizure by the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office on June 6. A motorist reported a 2019 Chevrolet Impala driving reckless as far back as in Live Oak County before ACSO Deputy Sheriff Bryan Cantu located the vehicle at mile marker 113 northbound. Deputy Cantu smelled Marijuana in the vehicle and a search was ensued by deputies. Deputies, along with ACSO K9 Kimbo, located a quantity of Marijuana along with Xanax being possessed without a prescription. The search also yielded $68,186 in U.S. Currency, most of it being concealed in the trunk.
The driver, Jacob Quintanilla, 25, of Corpus Christi was arrested and charged with alleged Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Penalty Group 3 under 28 grams and Money Laundering over $30,000.
During an interview by Sheriff’s Investigators, Quintanilla admitted he had no knowledge of the cash in the trunk but that the car belonged to an acquaintance who was a “drug dealer.”
Forfeiture proceedings on the cash will be filed by the District Attorney’s Office. Bond on Quintanilla was set at $47,000 by JP3 Orlando Carrasco.

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