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$300,000 in Drug Money Found in Car

By Paul Matta, pmatta@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 17 2013 02:23:38 AM CST
GAY CREEK, Calif. -

Tehama CountyA man from French Camp, CA is in jail after agents found over $300,000 in drug money in his car. On January 14th, California Highway Patrol canine officers stopped a red Jeep Cherokee for traffic violations southbound Interstate 5 near Gay creek. The canines alerted the officers to a hidden compartment in the car.

The Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement (TIDE) task force was called to take over the investigation from CHP. Ten large packages filled with money were discovered in the custom made compartment. Later, TIDE agents counted it. The amount was $300,040.00.

Juan Mendoza, 41 years old, was booked into the Tehama County Jail. He faces charges for use of a concealed compartment and possession of over $100,000 in drug proceeds.