$1 million in cash found on routine big rig stop

YORK – At least $1 million in cash was discovered inside a tractor-trailer Friday afternoon during a routine inspection along the turnpike.

Maine State Police

One million dollars in cash was found in a tractor trailer on I-95.

Maine State Police said they found the stash of cash after detaining the driver and a passenger while they examined driver logs.

The driver, 35-year-old Jhon Rivera-Ramirez, was ultimately arrested for falsifying logs. He was later released on bail.

State police said Ramirez was traveling with a passenger, Jose Javier Perez, 46, who was not charged in the stop.

Police did not say where the men were coming from or where they were going. State Police Lt. Thomas Kelly said there was no other cargo inside the trailer.

"They were hauling cash," Kelly said. "That's all they were hauling."

Investigators from the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit made the initial stop. Police said the rig is registered in Texas.

When officers inspected the back of the rig, they found an odd sight – five gallon pails lined with pink bags and stuffed with bills of varying denominations.

Kelly said $1 million is only an estimate and probably a conservative one.

"It hasn't been counted yet," he said. "We're still early into the investigation."

It was, he said, the largest cash seizure in Maine's history.

By Friday night, Ramirez remained free on bail. Federal agents were expected to join the probe.

In recent years, the smuggling of bulk currency has become the preferred method for criminals to move illicit proceeds across our borders, according to Maine Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

It is a crime to smuggle or attempt to smuggle over $10,000 in currency or monetary instruments into or out of the United States.

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Just reading this

Maybe its the SECRET SANTA's money..the one that is throwing out money to people!LOL

Mike Wendell's picture

OK, I'll ask

Not that I'll get a response but how is from Texas (where I'm assuming the truck started) to York transporting funds into or out of the country?

Dan Moody's picture


I hope there was a sale taxes on that money ??? Let see 5% or is it 7% ?

Jay Crafts's picture

We all know what they we up

We all know what they we up to but what is the crime? You can't carry large sums of cash????? Just curious to what charges they are being detained on?

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That not news this is

Trooper facing accusation of sex on duty
At issue is whether engaging in the act was illegal or only a violation of department rules.

By David Hench dhench@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

A longtime Maine State Police trooper is on administrative leave while the Attorney General's Office investigates an accusation that he compelled a woman to have sex with him while he was on duty, police sources say.

Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/news/trooper-facing-accusation-of-sex-on-duty...

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Jeremy Keith Hammond's picture


Why does it need to be closed? Why does it matter that people send money out of the country? I hope you're not afraid that we're "losing" that money, because we're not. When USDs are wired to a foreign country to foreign nationals they aren't going to have much use for USDs because all the stores and restaurants in their area take their local currency. So they'll exchange the currency at a bank. That bank can't really use it locally either. Those dollars come back to the United States in the form of investments. While this is the most direct path - USDs will always come home.

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