SHERMAN, Tex. -- Thousands of personal documents stolen by thieves, along with thousands of dollars in unexplained cash, was confiscated by Sherman Police. All of that and more was taken from a local motel.
Officers say they were stunned when they found thousands of personal documents, thousands of dollars in cash, and laptop computers in two motel rooms at the Hampton Inn in Sherman.
The entire bust kicked off when a motel guest called police saying they smelled marijuana coming from the next room.
When officers arrived, they found ten people, a filing cabinet, briefcases containing thousands of documents, more than $19,000 in cash, and marijuana.
The documents detectives found had lists of names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers. It is unclear where this information came from or how it was obtained by the suspects, all of whom were U.S. citizens, of Nigerian descent, and all with addresses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Shaquel Nicole Alexander, Mike Tyrone Thomas Jr., Danielle Laree Johnson, and Tendeka Parirentatwa were arrested for drug charges. Two of them already had active warrants.
The other six were released but investigators say they could still face charges.
"The individuals involved couldn't explain reasons for being in Sherman, or their reasons for having that much cash on them. They also could not show gainful employment to explain how that had that much money on them." Sherman Police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey said.
Besides not being able to account for the cash, none of the suspects would claim ownership of the four laptops.
Sgt. Dawsey says this bust is just the beginning, and they say other law enforcement may soon join the investigation.