By Sanford Schmidt
EDWARDSVILLE — Authorities have charged a California man with money laundering after state police found more than $263,000 in a car he was driving.
Charged with two counts of money laundering is Daniel J. Hovland, 36, of Hayward, Calif. He is accused of transporting criminally derived property and carrying the property in bundles with rubber bands to avoid a transaction requirement. Bail was set at $200,000.
The charge came after a state trooper stopped a 2018 Toyota Camry, driven by Hovland April 26 on Interstate 70 in Collinsville. The details of the case became public Friday.
He was stopped for improper lane use, and told an officer he was traveling from “out east” back to California. However, he was unable to specify exactly from where “out east” he came.
Police brought in a drug dog who alerted on the Camry. Hovland told police he had $6,000 in his position. Police searched the car and found a suitcase in the trunk containing a large amount of bundled cash. Officers also found seven cell phones in the car.
Hovland declined to be interviewed without an attorney present. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office filed suit under a state law that allows law enforcement authorities to obtain assets believed used in the drug trade.
The suit claims Hovland was unable to explain the money and that he did not have a legitimate source of income for that amount of money. The suit claims the cell phones were intended for use in concealing the proceeds from some form of unlawful activity.