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$3M seized (Source: CCSO)

SHELBY, NC (FOX Carolina) – The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office said their deputies seized $3 million in cash hidden inside a tractor trailer they pulled over on the side of I-85.

The bust happened on December 7.

Deputies said the tractor trailer was headed south on I-85 when deputies pulled it over.

The cash was found hidden inside barrels that were supposed to contain raw pork shoulders.


$3M seized (Source: CCSO)


$3M seized (Source: CCSO)

“The Sheriff's Office has reason to believe that the money was headed to the US/Mexican border and also believe that the money was a result of drug sales throughout the region,” the agency said in a news release.

Federal authorities are also investigating.

The sheriff’s office said no additional details would be released at this time.

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