Sheriff's Officer Larry Laflower and his police dog Aslan inspect the spare tire
that was found to hold $32,000. The car was pulled over originally because of a
window tinting violation.
violation leads cops to stashed cash
ran on nwitimes.com on Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:49 AM CDT
A traffic stop on
the Indiana Toll Road for a tinting violation Tuesday morning led police to more
Porter County sheriff's police pulled over a 35-year-old Arizona man near
Chesterton to check the degree of tint on the windows of the 1998 Mercury Grand
Marquis he was driving.
determined the car was in violation of the window tint statue and issued him a
That would have been all -- if Officer Larry Laflower and his canine partner
Aslan, wouldn't have showed up.
Aslan detected a smell of drugs in the trunk area of the vehicle. After Delgado
and his passenger consented to a search and authorities obtained a warrant,
police discovered more than $32,000 stashed in the spare tire in the trunk.
The money, in $20, $50 and $100 bills, was hidden inside some foam insulation
and wrapped in cellophane, police said.
Both Delgado and his passenger, a 30-year-old man from Mexico, were unable to
provide documentation for the money. Delgado said the vehicle belonged to
another Arizona man who was not at the scene.
The money is being held by the police as part of an ongoing investigation. Both
the subjects and the vehicle were released, police said.