When the driver of a 2009 Dodge Journey, with an obscured license plate, ignored an official traffic control device on I-30 Westbound at the 131 mile-marker, a Hopkins County Deputy made a traffic stop and in plain view on the passenger floorboard was a syringe containing a brown liquid suspected to be Heroin. The male passenger, Elias Moreno (picture not available), informed the officer that there was cocaine, heroin, and Fentayl in the vehicle.
A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed multiple plastic bags of the three controlled substances. Also located in the vehicle was a green duffle bag concealed in the spare tire compartment. In the duffle bag were four large bundles wrapped in silver foil tape and vacuum sealed The four bundles contained cash totaling approximately $180,247.
K-9 O’Malley, along with Hopkins County Deputy handler performed a free air sniff on the currency. The K-9 provided a positive alert for illegal narcotics present on the currency.
Arrested were the driver, Jerrica Danielle Papenfuse, 29, of Toledo, Ohio, and Moreno.
Moreno, 45, of Toledo, Ohio, was charged with Money Laundering more than $150,000 but less than $300,000, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 more than 4-grams but less than 200-grams, and Possession of a Controlled Substance more than 1-gram but less than 4-grams.
Papenfuse is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 more than 4-grams but less than 200-grams, and Possession of a Controlled Substance more than 1-gram but less than 4-grams.