Deputy finds nearly $1 million in cash during traffic stop - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Deputy finds nearly $1 million in suspicious cash during traffic stop

Posted: Updated:

Posted By:  Jenn Schanz
Jschanz@klkntv.com

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.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Why didn't the National Weather Service issue a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County?

    Why didn't the National Weather Service issue a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County?

    Photo by:  Andrew JohnsonPhoto by: Andrew Johnson

    POSTED BY: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com The National Weather Service didn't issue a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County early this morning around 1:00 a.m., the same round of storms that caused a majority of the tree damage throughout Lincoln.    Channel 8 Eyewitness News Meteorologist Dean Wysocki asked the National Weather Service (NWS) why a severe thunderstorm warning wasn't issued?  Brian Smith with NWS said peak wind speeds at the Lin...

    More >>

    POSTED BY: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com The National Weather Service didn't issue a severe thunderstorm warning for Lancaster County early this morning around 1:00 a.m., the same round of storms that caused a majority of the tree damage throughout Lincoln.    Channel 8 Eyewitness News Meteorologist Dean Wysocki asked the National Weather Service (NWS) why a severe thunderstorm warning wasn't issued?  Brian Smith with NWS said peak wind speeds at the Lin...

    More >>
  • Power knocked out to 19,000 Lincoln Electric customers

    Power knocked out to 19,000 Lincoln Electric customers

    Cortney Navarro, 1tth and Van DornCortney Navarro, 1tth and Van Dorn

    Posted by:  Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Lincoln Electric System says 19,000 customers lost power during last night's storms.  Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down from the storm and crews spent the night restoring power.  7200 customers still remain without power.  Some traffic signals still aren't working this morning and Lincoln Police are directing traffic at some intersections. LES said stay away from downed power lines and call the LES...

    More >>

    Posted by:  Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Lincoln Electric System says 19,000 customers lost power during last night's storms.  Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down from the storm and crews spent the night restoring power.  7200 customers still remain without power.  Some traffic signals still aren't working this morning and Lincoln Police are directing traffic at some intersections. LES said stay away from downed power lines and call the LES...

    More >>
  • Police: Home explosion now considered crime scene

    Police: Home explosion now considered crime scene

    Police: Home explosion now considered crime scene

    Courtesy: Dylan KleinCourtesy: Dylan Klein

    "I've been doing this 32 years and this is the worst gas explosion I have ever seen," Chief Fire Inspector Bill Moody said.

    More >>

    "I've been doing this 32 years and this is the worst gas explosion I have ever seen," Chief Fire Inspector Bill Moody said.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.