A drug dog made a big bust this week after authorities pulled over a semi for a traffic violation in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. Deputies with the Douglas County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Department searched the rig after they became suspicious of its contents. Chief Deputy Marty Bilek says they discovered a huge pile of cash.
“There was about $1.2 million hidden in the back of the truck,” Bilek said. “The truck was otherwise loaded with pallets of exotic cheeses.” The money was found in two large boxes. Bilek says investigators believe two people who were in the semi have ties to El Salvador and the M-S-13 gang.
The money seizure on Wednesday was the third for deputies in Omaha/Council Bluffs in the past week. Bilek says the first one was for $320,000 and the second was for nearly $100,000.