US Marshals seize $40K after traffic stop near Tennant exit

 

California Highway Patrol officers and Morgan Hill police made a
traffic stop on U.S. 101 near Tennant Avenue on March 18 on the
advice of U.S. Marshals who were suspicious the vehicle belonged to
a wanted felon.
California Highway Patrol officers and Morgan Hill police made a traffic stop on U.S. 101 near Tennant Avenue on March 18 on the advice of U.S. Marshals who were suspicious the vehicle belonged to a wanted felon.

The black Chevy Tahoe was registered to the fugitive, but Jose Valencia-Hernandez was not in the vehicle. The two men who were in the SUV were arrested on various immigration charges and $40,000 in cash was discovered by a K-9 unit after the vehicle was impounded.

The stop was made at 10:42 a.m. by CHP without incident. The vehicle is registered to Valencia-Hernandez and had Washington state license plates.

Valencia-Hernandez, a fugitive from Vancouver, Washington, is wanted for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of firearms and arson. He is considered armed and dangerous and has not been located by authorities as of March 24.

The driver of the Tahoe was in possession of a suspended or revoked California driver’s license and the passenger did not have any ID. Both were arrested on multiple state and immigration naturalization service charges, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

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