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Garner police find $117,000 in motel room, SUV

Posted February 24, 2010

— Police investigating a domestic assault found more than $117,000 in a Garner motel room and an SUV, according to search warrants returned Wednesday.

As officers were arresting James Wright, 54, on Feb. 10 on a charge of assault on a female, they found he had about $14,000 in cash in his pocket, an affidavit for the search warrant states.

Wright refused a search of his Chevrolet Blazer but allowed officers to search his room at InnTowne Suites, 1491 U.S. Highway 70 West. A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to a bag in the room, where police found $89,590 in cash wrapped in plastic and socks, according to the affidavit.

Officers then obtained a search warrant for the Blazer, where another $13,495 was found.

No drugs were found in either search.


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  • Nick Danger1 Feb 25, 2010

    Maybe he was about to meet Jim Black in a bathroom. With Ole James in jail, maybe it was Easley instead. I hear his campaign is broke these days....

  • Myrrdin Feb 25, 2010

    Why is everyone focusing on drugs? My first thought (maybe not PC) was "assault on a female" + large sums of cash = Maybe she didn't want to fork over her share of the (ahem) "escort" money.

  • dono422 Feb 25, 2010

    If he cannot explain where that amount of cash came from what do you do let him leave with it? Then the following day he is associated with a bank robbery or some other crime. Then you idiots would be saying dumb cops let a criminal go free. If its his hard earned money he'll get it back. If it was stolen the rightful owner will be glad it was seized for the day so he/she could contact the police. EXCELLENT work by LEO.

  • seeingthru Feb 25, 2010

    I know many people who do not put their cash in financial institutions--this is harassment

  • TStills Feb 25, 2010

    Clearly, a partial distribution from his vast hedge fund holdings.

  • Smiling Feb 25, 2010

    The police in the case had probable cause to be suspicious of this man....look at his criminal history...it's a matter of public record! And it's not illegal to be in possession of that kind of money, but it sure is uncommon and not too smart! I send kudos to the Garner PD......Law enforcement needs to be respected and recognized....they are working for us ya know...

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  • canes7 Feb 25, 2010

    Why is it that this guy has to prove that he paid taxes on that money or have proof of a bank withdrawl? That's a clear violation of being "innocent until proven guilty". The PoPo should have to prove he didn't pay taxes or obtained the cash thru illegal means before they can seize and investigate!

  • nonemeant Feb 25, 2010

    Yes, possessing large sums of cash is asking for police attention. There is no problem with having the money if you can explain with receipts etc. where it originated. Also, even the U.S. Banks have to report certain large cash deposits and other funny business. Get real!!

  • thought Feb 25, 2010

    I think the issue is the amount of money. He refused them to search the car- that is usually a red flag. We do not know what happened at the place. If you have that much- a house. so, for the sake of argument- say this guy was doing something illegal- and someone was killed- then you will cry and say ' why didn't the police catch this when he was arrested for assult'. Can't win in this town can you?
    If he had nothing to hide- there would be no problem. Illegal is just that- unless you cross the boarder- then it seems to be ok.