|Troopers seize more than $200,000, charge three with money laundering|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 7, 2004 -- A traffic stop on Interstate 30 late Tuesday resulted in the discovery of more than $205,000 in two hidden electronic panels and the arrest of three Indiana men on money laundering, weapons and marijuana charges.
State trooper David Reynolds stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at 11:11 p.m. Tuesday at the 116 mile marker for driving 76 miles per hour in a 65 mph speed zone and for no license plate light. Reynolds noted the vehicle to be slow to stop, but once approached, the driver - Endrico J. Davis, 29, of Indianapolis, Ind. - and two passengers - Willie B. Davis, 61, and Nathaniel Deon Humphrey, 28, both of Anderson, Ind. - each gave the trooper consent to search the car and their personal effects, according to arrest reports.
Two marijuana cigarettes were located in the center console and a loaded .38-cal. revolver found between the front passenger seat and the center console. Officers also located two false compartments, both electronic, in both rear quarter panels of the car. The compartments contained $205,571 in U.S. currency. All men denied possession of the money, the pistol and marijuana.
All three men were charged with first-degree felony money laundering and on the misdemeanor charge of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. Humphrey and Willie Davis were charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, while Endrico Davis was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Endrico Davis was also charged with forgery of a government document and failure to identify, the latter charges stemming from a fake Texas driver's license he initially gave the trooper which falsely identified him as Alan Archell Moore. The document was determined to have been forged.
The three were arraigned Wednesday morning at the county jail, where bail was set at $50,000 each on the money laundering charge and $1,000 on the marijuana charge.
Endrico Davis also faced a $10,000 bond on the felon in possession of a firearm charge, $10,000 bail for forging a government document and $1,000 bond for failure to identify.
Willie Davis and Humphrey were also assessed a $2,000 bond each for unlawful carrying of a weapon.
The trio were working with bondsmen midmorning Wednesday and were expected to be released from the county jail later in the day, according to jail reports.