Claremore Daily Progress

February 5, 2013

Rogers County K-9, deputy seize $50,000 in traffic stop

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — During a traffic stop Sunday on Interstate 44, Rogers County Deputy Nate Cooper and K-9 companion Sandy found more than $50,000 in cash, sorted in $1,000 increments.

The vacuum-sealed bundles were discovered after Deputy Cooper pulled over a truck for a traffic violation.

Cooper said he ended up locating the two bundles in the microwave of the sleeper cab. 

No additional cash or drugs were found.

The K-9 interdiction program has been in operation less than a year and makes close to 30 stops a day.

“Since the program began, we have successfully seized drugs, illegal guns, stopped a human smuggling ring and arrested many wanted felons, including a man from Florida who was featured on America’s Most Wanted,” said Walton. “Three months ago during a stop, deputies seized nearly $30,000 in cash.

In addition to interstate assistance, K-9 officer Sandy performs drug searches at schools and businesses that are worried about drugs in the workplace.

Walton said company vehicles have been brought in before because managers were suspicious of their employees using drugs. 

“The style of investigation is always changing,” he said. “We work with CPD and TPD because we have to stay connected to what’s going on around us.”

Nearly 80 percent of the proceeds from seized cash, illegal guns or vehicles goes to the RCSO for expenses, however Walton said that’s not why deputies are making the stops.

“When people see us out on the highways it’s not to generate revenue, we’re trying to stop illegal drugs and money from coming through our county.”