Police seize more than $150,000 worth of cigarettes and baby formula after traffic stop

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HENRY COUNTY, Ind. (July 9, 2015) – A sheriff’s deputy made quite the discovery while making a traffic stop earlier this week.

On July 6, Hancock County Deputy Nick Ernstes stopped an Enterprise rental van at mile marker 123 along I-70 in Henry County. He saw two large bundles of rubber-banded bundles of money on the dash. Cargo inside the van was covered up by moving blankets, and the driver and passenger both seemed nervous.

After getting consent to search the vehicle, officers with the PACE Team Task Force found more than 2,400 cartons of cigarettes and 650 cans of baby formula. Police estimated the value of the cigarettes at more than $147,000. The baby formula was worth more than $10,500, police said.

Police said the driver and passenger haven’t been arrested and described the case as an ongoing investigation. Under Indiana Criminal Code, it is a misdemeanor to possess that amount of cigarettes without an Indiana tax stamp.

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