Nearly $300,000 in cash was uncovered during a recent Drug Task Force stop on Interstate 40 in Dickson County, according to authorities. The stop on Oct. 15 ultimately led to the seizure of more than two pounds of cocaine in the mail.
Fredi Garcia-Tellez was traveling westbound on Interstate 40 when 23rd Judicial District Task Force agents pulled over his truck for traffic violations, according to Task Force Director Brian Beasley.
Tellez said he was a roofer in the area but could provide no other details, agents said.
When agents searched the vehicle’s cargo area, they discovered a toolbox and wooden boards, which they pried apart to find hollow spaces. Inside, they found multiple packages of heavily-wrapped cash that totaled $280,000. Tellez had $17,000 in cash on him.
The drug task force agents also found receipts from a Knoxville UPS store and using that information they were able to track and find a package carrying the cocaine.
Tellez is charged with money laundering and distribution of a schedule II drug. He remains in the Dickson County Jail on $80,000 bond.
The wrapped packages of cash stored in a hidden space in a truck pulled over on Interstate 40 in Dickson County. (Photo: Submitted)