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ETX officer finds $288K during routine traffic stop

Prentiss Adair. Source: Van Zandt County Jail. Prentiss Adair. Source: Van Zandt County Jail.

CANTON, TX (KLTV) - A routine traffic stop on I-20 ends with an unexpected find for a Canton Police officer.

Officer Heath Burton says he noticed a car following too closely on I-20 near mile marker 528.

The driver told Burton he had been gambling in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Burton says he got suspicious when he noticed the car had been rented in Kansas City, MO.

The driver, 39-year-old Prentiss Adair refused Burton's request to search the car. Burton could not physically search the car, but did use his K-9.

The dog alerted several times near the trunk.

Inside the trunk, Burton says, he found a duffle bag containing $288,374.

Burton claims the dog alerted due to narcotics remnants on the bag and money.

Prentiss was booked into the Van Zandt County Jail on one count of money laundering.

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