Corpus Christi – The Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than $1.5 million in cash during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 281 in Brooks County.


On November 17, 2021, just after 7:00 a.m., a DPS Trooper stopped a truck tractor semi-trailer traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 281 for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the Trooper discovered 56 bundles of U.S. currency totaling $1,530,067 and two handguns which were concealed in a false compartment within the semi-trailer.

The driver, 43-year-old Miguel Martinez-Navarro, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested for money laundering and booked into the Brooks County Jail.