Two Bronx men were busted with nearly $107,000 in cash near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City yesterday after a traffic stop at a toll booth, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Bentley Cumberbatch, 41, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with money laundering, possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated and other traffic summonses, while Damien White, 39, also of Brooklyn, N.Y., was also accused of money laundering, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
Additionally, Rienaldo Stewart, 35, Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with possession of marijuana, officials said.
At about 4 p.m. yesterday, a green van containing five men pulled up to the Holland Tunnel toll booth in Jersey City. The driver of the van spoke to the toll collector about passenger requirements for toll collection status, authorities said.
The toll collector requested the assistance of a Port Authority police officer. When the officer approached the van to assist the toll collector, he was met with the smell of suspected marijuana emanating from the van, police said.
The van’s driver indicated he had recently smoked marijuana and was subsequently placed under arrest by police. Officers searched for the source of marijuana and saw cash wrapped in four separate plastic bags inside the van, officials said.
The cash was separated by four separate individually plastic wrapped bundles along with loose cash placed in various areas in the vehicle. Furthermore, the van was found to be unregistered with no insurance, authorities said.
According to police, an evidence review revealed over $106,900 recovered from inside the van.