Texas traffic stop yields $126K, arrest of driver

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Updated: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:16:01 EST

PANHANDLE, Texas (AP) — A traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle has yielded more than $126,000 in vacuum-sealed bundles and led to money laundering charges against a Georgia man.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the seizure of the cash and the arrest of 44-year-old Martin Jay Paul of Ball Ground, Ga. Investigators believe the cash was being hauled to California.

Ball was driving an SUV on Interstate 40 near Conway, about 20 miles east of Amarillo, when he was pulled over Tuesday afternoon for a traffic stop. DPS says a trooper discovered the bundles of cash, apparently bound for San Diego, hidden under the back seat and in the trunk.

Paul was freed Wednesday on $10,000 bond. Carson County jail records did not list an attorney for him.

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