Missouri Man Accused Of Money Laundering, Theft of Firearm

A 30-year-old Poplar Bluff, Missouri man was accused early Sunday morning of money laundering and theft of a firearm, according to arrest reports.

Jaleel Devontae Gipson (HCSO jail photo)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Davis reported stopping a red Hyundai for an expired registration and an equipment violation at 2:56 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2022, on Interstate 30 west at mile marker 110. Davis reported smelling a marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle as he contacted the driver.

During the course of the traffic stop, Jaleel Devontae Gipson admitted to having marijuana and a handgun in the vehicle. During a probable cause search, Davis reported finding a trash bag with a store bag containing several bundles of US currency bounded with rubber bands. The bills ranged from $10-$100, which the deputy recognized through his law enforcement experience is commonly indicative to the sales of narcotics and other criminal activity, Davis alleged in arrest reports.

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When questioned about the money, Gipson failed to advise how much money was in the sack much less how he obtained it, according to Davis. A pat down yielded additional cash in Gipson’s shorts pocket. Gipson was taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and transported to the county jail, where a quick count of the cash revealed it to be more than $66,000, Davis noted in arrest reports. A handgun found inside the vehicle also came back as having been reported to authorities in Campbell, Missouri as stolen.

Gipson was booked into Hopkins County jail at 11:28 p.m. May 22, 2022, for money laundering in an amount equal to or more than $30,000 but less than $150,000 and theft of a firearm. The 30-year-old Missouri man remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, May 23, 2022. His bond was set at $20,000 on the money laundering charge and $10,000 on the theft of firearm charge, according to jail reports.

Author: KSST Contributor

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