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IL State Police Discover $1.5 Million During Traffic Stop


An Illinois trooper is getting credit for turning a routine traffic stop into a $1.5 million dollar bust. The Illinois State Police District 11 in Madison County announced the arrest of an Arizona woman on charges of money laundering.

On Jan. 26, a trooper patrolling I-55 near Collinsville, Ill. stopped a 2004 Volvo convertible for improper lane usage and an illegal license plate cover. The trooper started talking to the driver, which led the trooper to believe there was criminal activity involved. The trooper asked to search the vehicle and eventually located 27 vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing 1,589,860 in U.S. currency.

 It's the largest cash seizure by Illinois State Police in years.

"Cash amounts this large are usually connected to illegal drug trafficking," said District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons.  

Arrested for money laundering was Carole Irene Galvez, 62, from Gila Bend, Arizona.  Galvez is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on a $500,000 bond. 

The Illinois State Police and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois (MEGSI) collaborated on this investigation.  They worked closely with the Madison County State's Attorney's office to secure charges.


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