The Florida Highway Patrol seized $43,805 in cash Thursday morning from a vehicle traveling through Marion County on Interstate 75.
A 2017 Ford F-150 had been southbound at 11:17 a.m. near Mile Marker 371. The vehicle was driven by a man from Miami and another Miami man was riding along as a passenger.
During the course of the traffic stop, an FHP K-9 was deployed, conducting a free air sniff of the vehicle, and receiving an alert. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and $43,805 was located in the center console. Both men who had been traveling in the truck denied ownership of the money. The money was subsequently forfeited by the occupants of the vehicle to FHP.