In 2010, the Dickson Interdiction and Criminal Enforcement (DICE) unit seized $1.8 million off of interstate stops, according to information compiled by DICE.
During that same 12-month period, the entire unit had only one drug seizure from a random interstate stop and six arrests.
Four of those arrests were for fugitives wanted on warrants, not drug cases.
Here's a breakdown:
Feb. 4, 2010: Officers stopped a westbound tractor trailer on a traffic violation and, during a search, "a fabricated compartment was observed in the fuel tank." Inside, they found six bundled packages containing $162,155 cash. The driver "provided a written statement stating that the money was drug proceeds." He was "given a verbal warning for following too close."
Feb. 17, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound vehicle and arrested a man wanted out of Missouri for failure to appear on child neglect charges.
March 16, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound pickup that was pulling a flatbed trailer. During a search, agents found that sections of the trailer "had been hollowed out to transport illegal narcotics." Both truck and trailer were seized. "A verbal warning was given for the traffic infraction."
March 30, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound Ford Expedition and discovered $39,418 in a cooler. The vehicle's owner "gave a written statement that she suspected the money to be drug proceeds." Agents seized that money, along with another $1,547 and the vehicle. Both driver and passenger were released without charges.
May 12, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound BMW and, inside a black backpack, found about $50,000. A passenger "said that this was money from drug sales." The BMW and currency were seized. The driver "was given a verbal warning for 'following too close.'"
May 17, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound Chevrolet automobile and, during a search, discovered 602 grams of heroin in a cooler in the back seat. Two suspects were arrested and turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.
June 3, 2010: Officers stopped a westbound tractor trailer and found approximately $1 million. No arrests were made. Few other details were provided by DICE.
June 16, 2010: Officers stopped a westbound Ford Ranger pickup and, during a search, discovered approximately $80,000 inside a spare tire. The money was seized, and the driver "was issued a warning citation for 'following too close.'"
Aug. 16, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound Chevrolet Tahoe and found a fabricated compartment under the back seats. Inside, they discovered $351,960. The driver allegedly told officers that she had driven drugs to Asheboro, NC, and was returning with the proceeds. The SUV and cash were seized. Both the driver and a passenger were released without charges.
Sept. 7, 2010: Officer stopped a Honda at the Kingston Springs exit and arrested a fugitive wanted on a warrant (charges unknown).
Sept. 13, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound vehicle and a fugitive was arrested on an unknown felony warrant out of Texas.
Nov. 8, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound Ford Escape and, after releasing the vehicle, determined that the driver was a fugitive out of Pennsylvania. After stopping him again and taking him into custody, agents discovered bundles containing $53,050. The suspect allegedly stated that the money "was for the purchase of marijuana." That money and another $4,693 in the driver's pockets was seized.
Nov. 24, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound Jeep for having a decorative trim plate over the tag and, during a search, discovered a false compartment containing $45,020. The driver "stated that the U.S. currency found was drug proceeds." The driver was "issued a warning citation for the registration violation."
Dec. 9, 2010: Officer stopped a westbound Dodge Charger for an expired license plate and arrested fugitive who was wanted out of Georgia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.