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Police: $31K in Suspected Drug Money Seized in Milford Traffic Stop

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Luci Wanda Lucas Da Silva, 34, Fruitland, Md. Luci Wanda Lucas Da Silva, 34, Fruitland, Md.
Welington Cesar Da Silva. 32, of Brazil Welington Cesar Da Silva. 32, of Brazil
MILFORD, Del. - Milford police say a traffic stop led to the seizure of more than $31,000, and officers taking into custody a man who had been previously deported from the U.S.

Police said that on the morning of June 13, a car driven by Luci Wanda Lucas Da Silva, 34 of Fruitland, Md., was pulled over for a traffic violation. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Wellington Cesar Da Silva, 34, of Brazil, but residing in Salisbury, Md. Police said they found out from the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Wellington Cesar Da Silva had been deported from the U.S. and was not permitted to re-enter the country. 

Investigators said the more than $31,000 in cash was discovered during a search of the vehicle by officers. A K-9 unit later performed a canine sniff of the money, which revealed the presence of illegal drug residue.

Police said Wellington Cesar Da Silva was turned over to the custody of the ICE to face deportation and possible other charges. Luci Wanda Lucas Da Silva was released after being charged with traffic violations. An investigation into the money continues, according to police.

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