Anti-narcotics agents in Bolivia have recovered some $1 million (£620,000) that they say was thrown from a low-flying plane in the east of the country.
Bolivian authorities say they believe it was intended to be picked up by gang members to set up a cocaine production centre or false commercial enterprise.
The US bank notes came in a number of different denominations and were wrapped with a seal from a Paraguayan bank.
Three people were detained and guns and vehicles were also seized as a result of the money being intercepted.
Bolivia is one of the top three cocaine producers in the world, according to the UN.
Protesters have assembled outside the French embassy in La Paz after a plane carrying the Bolivian President Evo Morales was diverted to Austria.
Angry supporters of the president accused France and Portugal of putting Morales' life at risk after the presidential plane was reportedly denied air permits.
Bolivia's House of Representatives have adopted a resolution calling for Portugal and France to explain their decision to deny Morales' plane passage.
One community leader, Jorge Chura, said the demonstration was to tell France and Portugal "that they have no right to deny the president of a country, such as Bolivia, to land".
The twin-engine aircraft that was carrying Bolivian president Evo Morales remains on the tarmac at Vienna Airport after it was forced to make a stopover in Austria.
A smiling President Morales was filmed walking into the airport where he greeted waiting reporters.
Bolivia's foreign minister David Choquehuanca has told reporters that France and Portugal abruptly cancelled air permits, causing the plane to made an early landing in Austria.
He said the cancellations were made over "technical issues" but that further investigation revealed "there appeared to be some unfounded suspicions that Mr. Snowden was on the plane".
"We don't know who invented this lie," Mr Choquehuanca added.
Bolivian officials have confirmed that President Evo Morales has taken an unscheduled stopover in Vienna, Austria but said that Edward Snowden was not on board the plane.
They said that the plane was travelling from Russia to Bolivia, but that it was denied air permits by Portugal and France.
A minister for the South American country of Bolivia has said that a plane carrying President Evo Morales has been rerouted to Austria on suspicious that the whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board.
It was not immediately clear where the plane was travelling to and from, or on whose authority it was rerouted.
Bolivia's President Evo Morales accompanied Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro and crowds of mourners to follow Hugo Chavez's casket through the streets of Caracas.
Morales was one of Chavez's closest allies and the two socialist leaders shared many political aims.