The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO) seized $367,680 in drug money during a traffic stop over the weekend.
On Saturday (Dec. 1) members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling into St. Tammany Parish.
With the assistance of K-9 Echo, deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a hidden compartment built into the floor. Located inside the compartment was $367,680 in cash. A loaded firearm was also located in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, Jose Isabel Brito Jimenes, a resident of Mexico, claimed to be traveling from Houston, Texas and disavowed ownership of the currency.
Pursuant to the investigation, a second vehicle and additional individuals were located nearby and later determined to be related to the delivery of the currency for a suspected illegal narcotics transaction.
With the assistance of the STPSO Narcotics Task Force Unit, which is composed of members from the STPSO and Mandeville Police Department; and Homeland Security Investigations, the cash and the vehicle containing the hidden compartment were seized.
The following individuals were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Attempt and Conspiracy:
Jose Isabel Brito Jimenes (DOB 04/07/1982, Mexico)
Jose Guadalupe Capacha (DOB 02/13/1978, Dallas, TX)
Herschel Lamar Cain II (DOB 07/04/1986, Atlanta, GA)
Laytoya Marie Cox (DOB 04/06/1984, Snellville, GA)
Jimenes was also issued traffic citations for Failure to Use a Turn Signal and No Driver’s License.
Top row: Jose Isabel Brito Jimenes and Jose Guadalupe Capacha
Bottom row: Herschel Lamar Cain II and Laytoya Marie Cox