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Traffic stops turns up nearly $120,000 in cash

Traffic stops turns up nearly $120,000 in cash

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By: Jenn Schanz 

Lancaster County Sheriff's Officials pulled over 44–year–old David Gregory and 50–year–old Jeffrey Hare, both of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday afternoon.

It happened on the northwest side of Lincoln on I–80. It was just a routine traffic stop, but when officials smelled burnt marijuana, they searched the car and say they found almost 20 grams of pot, some rolling paper, and a lot of cash.

"They were lodged in jail for possession of U.S. currency in furtherance of drug trafficking. We seized in excess of a $118,000 from this vehicle," says Sheriff Terry Wagner. 

Wagner says some special drug trafficking training has likely played a role in recent busts.

"Since those deputies have received that training, we have seen an increase in seizures of drug related money and narcotics," he says. 

In 2013, just over $1 million in drug money was seized. So far this year, Lancaster County Officials have already seized more than $2 million..

I spoke with Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson Dawn Dearden over the phone. She says long interstates like I–80 are common corridors for marijuana trafficking, and that local initiative pays off.

"We work very closely with our local law enforcement in not only training but developing trends, sharing information, and that short of thing. So there's no doubt, that's where the rubber meets the road so to speak."

Sheriff Wagner says after the case is closed, Lancaster County will get to keep between 75 and 80 percent of the money seized Wednesday. It can be used for furthering drug trafficking training.
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