Posted By: Jenn Schanz
A Lancaster County deputy pulled over 29–year–old Ryan Perich just before 3 p.m. last Friday on I–80 near NW 48th street in Lincoln.
He was pulled over for a simple traffic violation, but after a car search, he's facing a lot more than a ticket.
"During the course of the search, two duffel bags, with vacuum sealed cash was located in those bags. The total amount of that cash was $934,000," says Sheriff Terry Wagner of Lancaster County.
Nearly a million dollars.
In the arrest affidavit, when asked where the money came from, Perich is quoted as saying "You know I can't say that."
But when law enforcement asked him if the cash was from the sale of drugs, Perich nodded.
Perich is from California, but officials say he was driving a Chevy Tahoe with Massachusetts plates. He was headed westbound on I–80 when he was pulled over by an LSO deputy.
"He was lodged on a state charge of possession of currency in the furtherance of criminal activity," Wagner says.
Shortly after, Perich was taken into federal custody by Homeland Security; officials there don't think this is his first time moving illegal money.
In the affidavit, an investigator says quote "...based on the large amount of currency he was transporting, I believe that Perich has previously transported money for this organization on several occasions."
According to the affidavit, federal officials believe Perich was working for a marijuana trafficking circle out of California.
He's now in federal custody, and will be charged in federal court.
Perich's preliminary hearing is Feb.19th. If he's found guilty of possessing currency in the furtherance of criminal activity, a portion of that money will go to Lancaster county.