A New York City driver was charged with money laundering after a Maywood police officer who stopped him found $4,646 in suspected drug cash, authorities said.
Officer Peter Donatello smelled pot in a 2015 Mercedes Benz after pulling over the driver, 37-year-old Fernando Ramirez, for traffic violations, Detective Sgt. Jason Liaban said.
Donatello then found that Ramirez’s driver license was suspended, Liaban said.
A search turned up the rubber-banded cash, along with some marijuana, in the vehicle, the sergeant said.
K-9 Ryker later gave a positive indication for the scent of drugs on the money, he said.
Ramirez was released after being charged pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. Borough police seized the money for forfeiture.
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