The early part of a dayshift is probably the last
time of day you would expect to make a career arrest. But in law
enforcement anything can happen.
New Jersey State Trooper Stephen
Spitaleri was monitoring the
southbound traffic of the Turnpike at about 9:30 a.m. last Thursday.
He noticed a blue Ford Expedition driving erratically in the area of
Trooper Spitaleri stopped
the vehicle and began interviewing the driver. He became suspicious and
During the investigation a
search of the vehicle was conducted and a
compartment was found hidden inside the truck. A sealed box was also
Ultimately, troopers observed U.S. currency in the box.
they counted it. And counted, and counted, and counted.
the counting was done, it was determined that Trooper Spitaleri's stop
resulted in the seizure of almost $800,000.00.
money was seized, and the two occupants of the vehicle were charged with
Money Laundering and Conspiracy. They were both lodged in the Bergen
County Jail in default of $500,000. bail.
Trooper Stephen Spitaleri.