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$1.9 million in cash seized in I-80 traffic stop

Posted at 10:42 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 23:56:47-04

SEWARD, Neb. (KMTV) — Authorities discovered $1.9 million in cash during a traffic stop along I-80 on Wednesday.

Seward County Sheriff Mike Vance conducted the traffic stop after an Ohio plated Chevy Silverado pickup failed to signal a lane change.

During the stop, Sheriff Vance became suspicious that the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was involved in criminal activity, according to a press release.

Sheriff Vance deployed his K-9 Igor after requesting consent to search the pickup.

After a positive indication on the truck, Sheriff Vance, Seward County deputies and a Lancaster County deputy searched the vehicle and discovered the cash in duffle bags in the rear of the truck.

Michael Gaytan, 42, of Toledo, Ohio was arrested on felony charges of transportation and possession of illegal currency used to facilitate the purchase of illegal narcotics and money laundering.

Federal charges will be forthcoming, according to the Seward County Sheriff's Office.