A traffic stop on I-40 in Cumberland County has led to one of the biggest cash seizures in Tennessee history

4:38 PM, Feb 3, 2012   |    comments
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Armando Guzman-Villegas was sentenced on Friday to five years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to promoting a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Guzman-Villegas, along with an accomplice, Francisco Javier Cruz-Ramirez, were driving on Interstate 40 with over $4 million in the back of a semi truck in March when they were pulled over for following a car too closely. The traffic stop occurred at mile marker 306 westbound on I-40 in Cumberland County.

The officer who pulled them over noticed the men were acting nervous, so he became suspicious and called for help from nearby Monterey Police and their K-9 officer, Fonzi.

The officers discovered 169 bundles of money in duct tape packages. The bundles of money totaled $4,078,713.

Cruz-Ramirez was previously sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised probation.

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