Missouri man charged with money laundering and gun theft

A 30-year-old man from Poplar Bluff, Mo., was charged early Sunday morning with money laundering and theft of a firearm, according to arrest reports.

Jaleel Devontae Gipson (HCSO Jail photo)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Davis reported stopping a red Hyundai for an expired registration and equipment violation at 2:56 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2022, on Interstate 30 west at Mile 110. Davis reported smelling marijuana emanating from the vehicle as he contacted the driver.

During the traffic stop, Jaleel Devontae Gipson admitted to having marijuana and a handgun in the vehicle. During a search for probable cause, Davis reported finding a trash bag with a store bag containing several wads of U.S. currency bounded by rubber bands. The bills ranged from $10 to $100, which the deputy acknowledged through his law enforcement background is generally indicative of the sale of narcotics and other criminal activity, Davis alleged in the reports. ‘arrest.

Asked about the money, Gipson didn’t say how much money was in the bag let alone how he got it, according to Davis. A pat-down brought extra money into the pocket of Gipson’s shorts. Gipson was taken into custody at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and transported to the county jail, where a quick count of the cash revealed it was more than $66,000, Davis noted in reports from arrest. A handgun found inside the vehicle also came back as having been reported to authorities in Campbell, Missouri as stolen.

Gipson was sentenced to Hopkins County Jail at 11:28 p.m. on May 22, 2022 for money laundering in the amount of $30,000 or more but less than $150,000 and theft of a firearm. The 30-year-old Missouri man remained in the Hopkins County Jail on Monday, May 23, 2022. His bail was set at $20,000 for money laundering and $10,000 for theft of a weapon on fire, according to prison reports.

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