|Money laundering arrests made on Interstate 30|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Nov. 2, 2005 -- For the second time in as many days, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have seized large quantities of cash and made a felony arrest for money laundering.
Both incidents resulted from routine traffic stops on Interstate 30 west. Overall, at least $37,000 was seized and three arrests made in connection with the money.
State trooper Brian Worley, assisted by Hopkins County Sheriff's Cpl. Eddie Moon and canine Jack, was credited with Tuesday night's arrest of two Indiana men.
Worley stopped a red Oldsmobile at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the 129 mile marker of I-30 for speeding. The trooper became suspicious after noticing both occupants of the car -- Larry W. Ervin II, 29, of Terre Haute, Ind. and Crayton B. Robinson, 28, of Gary, Ind. -- to be excessively nervous, and asked for permission to search the car. The driver agreed to allow the search, according to arrest reports.
Worley found a large amount of currency hidden in the center console of the car, leading him to contact Cpl. Moon. Jack conducted a search, alerting on the money in the console and on the trunk, where an unspecified quantity of marijuana was found, according to sheriff's reports.
Both Ervin and Robinson were arrested at 10:45 p.m. for money laundering, a felony offense. Robinson is also wanted in Dallas County for violation of probation and in Collin County for possession of marijuana, according to arrest reports. They remained in the county jail early Wednesday morning on the felony charges, according to reports.
The money, which according to a count by officers was $31,140, was seized by DPS. The car was seized by the sheriff's office.
Moon was also credited with assisting DPS Cpl. Cary Barnett Monday evening in an incident which resulted in the seizure of at least $6,000 cash, and the arrest of 36-year-old Kimberly Sanford Russell of Arlington for felony money laundering, felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor marijuana charges, according to arrest reports.
Authorities had received a report of a vehicle which wrecked on the slick westbound lane of Interstate 30 in far eastern Hopkins County at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.
When Barnett arrived at the location, Russell was identified as the driver of the blue Lincoln Continental involved in the crash at the 141 mile marker near Saltillo.
After speaking with Russell, Barnett asked to search the car. At 6:10 p.m. Moon was contacted to bring Jack and conduct a search of money located in the car involved in the wreck. The dog gave a positive alert on the money and as well as on the passenger door, where contraband was found, according to sheriff's reports.
Russell was booked into the county jail at 8:10 p.m. Monday after officers recovered what was determined to be between $6,000 and $8,000 cash, less than two ounces of marijuana and a small quantity of a controlled substance, according to arrest reports.
If convicted, the Indiana men and Arlington woman each face six months to two years in a state jail and could also be assessed a fine up to $10,000 on the money laundering charge. Russell could also face an additional six months to two years in a state jail and a fine up to $10,000 on the controlled substance charge, and up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000 on the marijuana charge.