$1.5 million turns up after traffic stop in Illinois

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KFVS) - State Police have recovered more than $1.5 million in cash after a traffic stop on Interstate 55 in Illinois.

On Saturday afternoon, a trooper patrolling I-55, southbound near Collinsville, stopped a 2004 white Volvo convertible for improper lane usage with an illegal license plate cover. After a conversation with the driver, the trooper suspected criminal activity.

According to state police, search consent was granted to look further inside the vehicle, and the trooper found vacuum-sealed plastic bags containing $1,589,860 in U.S. currency.

"Cash amounts this large are usually connected to illegal drug trafficking," said District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons. "Drugs destroy lives and rip families apart, but when our officers apply training and solid police work, they are able to hinder the ability of these criminal enterprises from harming more people."

Carole Irene Galvez, 62, from Gila Bend, Arizona, was arrested for money laundering. Galvez was taken to the Madison County, Illinois Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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