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Guns and cash seized in Oroville traffic stop

Butte County Sheriff's Deputies seized $164,200 in cash believed to be associated with drug sales, in what started as a traffic stop in Oroville.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 3:10 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2019 3:18 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County Sheriff's Deputies seized $164,200 in cash believed to be associated with drug sales, in what started as a traffic stop in Oroville.  Two guns, one of them loaded, were also seized.

Sheriff's officials say a Deputy on patrol at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019, noticed an SUV swerving in and out of the fog line and stopped the driver.  They say a K9 officer with the Deputy alerted to the presence of narcotics, and a search turned up the weapons, cash, and large, empty duffel bags. 

Investigators say neither the driver nor his two passengers claimed ownership of the money, and paperwork was found in the vehicle indicating drug transactions. 

Hershell Chambers, Tan Tran, and Miguel Aponte were arrested on charges that include possession of a concealed firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of more than $100,000 in U.S. currency that was obtained as the result of illegal activity.

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