Maine troopers stop truck, find false logbook … and $1M cash

Posted Sept. 04, 2010, at 7:23 a.m.

YORK, Maine — State police say a routine roadside safety check on the Maine Turnpike led to the discovery of more than $1 million in greenbacks.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the episode unfolded with the discovery of a falsified driver’s log during the routine truck inspection Friday. He says a subsequent inspection of the trailer revealed U.S. currency estimated to be in excess of $1 million.

McCausland says the driver, 35-year-old Jhon Rivera-Ramirez, was arrested for the logbook violation.

Troopers say the smuggling of bulk currency is a preferred method for criminals to move illicit proceeds across borders. It is a crime to cross the border with more than $10,000 in undeclared currency.