A traffic stop on the northbound lanes of Hwy. 287 in Clay County Wednesday led to the discovery of more than $66,000 in cash, believed to be payment for a shipment of illegal drugs.
Yu Chuen Kong, 64, of Las Vegas, Nev., has been charged with money laundering in an amount of more than $20,000, less than $100,000. He remains in the Clay County jail with bond set at $50,000.
Kong was traveling north in a Honda Accord with California tags at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday when he was pulled over by a Texas State Trooper for failure to maintain a single lane. The trooper noted in an affidavit that Kong’s vehicle veered into a lane occupied by another vehicle.
Kong consented to a search of the vehicle, which revealed six bundles of cash in large denominations. The money was hidden inside a suitcase. Kong also had a large amount of money in his pocket, according to the affidavit. All totaled, $66,485 was found. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office drug dog alerted to the smell of narcotics in the vehicle and in the suitcase.
Kong was arrested and the vehicle released to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.