FORT LEE, N.J. – An unemployed Washington Heights man was arrested by Bergen County prosecutor’s detectives after they found nearly $50,000 in suspected drug money hidden in his SUV, authorities said.
Carlos Rodriguez-Hernandez, 50, was stopped in Fort Lee earlier this month, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said.
In an electronically-operated compartment they found $49,705, he said.
The 5-foot-8-inch, 175-pound Rodriguez-Hernandez was briefly held in the Bergen County Jail before being released.
A judge in Hackensack on Wednesday allowed him to remain free on charges of transporting or possessing property believed to be derived from criminal activity – aka: money laundering.
The prosecutor’s office was seeking to have the money forfeited.
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