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W.Va. police stop illegal alien with $200,000

February 17, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An illegal alien stopped on southbound Interstate 81 near Martinsburg Sunday afternoon had about $200,000 in cash sewn into his shirt, police said.

A West Virginia State Police trooper became suspicious when he found several bulges in a man's shirt during a pat-down search of a pickup truck driver shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, said state police Sgt. Deke Walker.

Police stopped Jesus Macias, 22, of Newburgh, N.Y., near the Queen Street exit for driving his 1987 Ford pickup too closely to another vehicle.

A background check revealed Macias is an illegal alien -although his nationality is not known - while a physical search of Macias turned up the money, Walker alleged.

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Investigators are unsure why Macias was carrying such a large amount of money and are investigatng its source, Walker said.

"It's unusual for people to have that much money in their shirt. If we find any illegal connection we would confiscate it," said Walker.

Macias was charged with a traffic violation and was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday pending his transfer to the custody of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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