A Gainesville man was arrested on state conspiracy and money laundering charges after federal authorities say they found more than $636,000 in the vehicle he was driving Tuesday near Mobile, Ala.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Department stopped the vehicle on Interstate 10, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations discovered the cash hidden in the vehicle, according to a news release from ICE.
The investigators work as part of the Mobile Border Enforcement Security Task Force and got consent to do the search. The driver, whose name is not being released, was then arrested.
The vehicle was traveling from Atlanta to Laredo, Texas, and after agents seized the money, they delivered it to Laredo and arrested another person connected to the money laundering scheme, according to the news release.
That person’s identity also is not being released at this time.
“Seizing the proceeds of illegal activity is an incredibly effective law-enforcement tool because it removes the profit incentive from criminals and hampers their ability to fund further illicit activities,” said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New Orleans, who oversees a five-state area including Alabama.
The task force is led by HSI and is a Department of Homeland Security initiative aimed at identifying and dismantling criminal organizations “that seek to exploit vulnerabilities along U.S. borders,” according to the news release.
“This case is a prime example of local and federal authorities working together to identify, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations,” Parmer said.