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Traffic stop in Madison County ends in multimillion dollar drug bust

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Illinois State police seized nearly $2.4 million after officers say two Arizona women, Yesenia Guillen (L) and Francisca Encinas (R), tried to drive it through Madison County to California on September 4. Credit: Madison County Police Department Illinois State police seized nearly $2.4 million after officers say two Arizona women, Yesenia Guillen (L) and Francisca Encinas (R), tried to drive it through Madison County to California on September 4. Credit: Madison County Police Department

MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A routine traffic stop ended with a multimillion dollar bust in early September. State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons sent a warning to criminals Thursday afternoon.

“We are going to do everything we can to stop you. We are going to do everything we can to keep the drugs the proceeds of the illegal narcotics trafficking off the streets of Madison county, off of our interstate, and keep those drugs out of our community,” said Gibbons.

Illinois State police seized nearly $2.4 million after officers say two Arizona women, Yesenia Guillen and Francisca Encinas, tried to drive it through Madison County to California on September 4.

The pair were heading southbound on Interstate 55/70 when police pulled them over for speeding and license plate obstruction. Authorities said soon after the stop, they knew something was not right.

“A search by a drug detecting dog indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle,” said Gibbons.

Gibbons said troopers soon discovered nearly $2.4 million hidden in the interior panels of the car.  Authorities said this is part of a much larger problem in the St. Louis area, and not unusual due to the number of interstates that run through Madison County.

“One of the most frequent routes that we are aware of is from Mexico. From the south to Chicago because Chicago is a regional distribution hub for most of the heroin and cocaine,” said Gibbons.

Gibbons said neither woman had criminal a record, which makes it easier for them to blend in.

Both women are charged with money laundering.  Authorities are working to get the funds turned over to law enforcement to help support further drug enforcement efforts.

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