Fish Camp resident arrested with large amount of suspected drug money

On Sunday, July 20, 2014, Merced Area CHP recently arrested Yusen Efrain Valenzuela Herrera, of Fish Camp, on charges of possessing more than $100,000 suspected to be obtained through, or intended to be used for, the unlawful purchase of a controlled substance, and driving without a license.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. a local Merced Area CHP made a routine traffic stop on a brown 2008 Honda Civic being driven by Herrera.

Upon determining Herrera did not possess a valid drivers license, and locating a plastic bag full of what officers expected was marijuana officers conducted a thorough search of the vehicle.

The search of the car revealed a large plastic bag full of U.S. currency totaling more than $100,000. Upon locating the money officers requested the assistance of a CHP drug sniffing K-9 who alerted the officers to the presence of drugs on the money.

Herrera was arrested and charged with violating Health and Safety code 11370.6 and Vehicle Code 12500(a).

Health a Safety code 11370.6 states any person who possesses money in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) which have been obtained as the result of the unlawful sale, possession for sale, transportation, manufacture, offer for sale, or offer to manufacture any controlled substance with knowledge that the moneys or negotiable instruments have been so obtained, or any person who possesses money in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) which are intended by that person for the unlawful purchase of any controlled substance listed in who commits an act in substantial furtherance of the unlawful purchase, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail.

Herrera was also charged with Vehicle Code 12500(a) (driving without a license) and was booked into Merced County Jail.