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Warrant: Chase suspect dropped $22K in woods

Posted March 5, 2010

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— A Chapel Hill man fleeing authorities dropped $22,000 in cash in a wooded area after leading a 22-mile chase across Wake County Tuesday, according to search warrants filed Thursday.

The affidavit for the warrant says that Deputy A. Locklear stopped Randel Levone Riggsbee, 32, for a tint violation on his pink 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, which had a "Hello Kitty" vanity plate. Riggsbee gave a false name to Locklear, then sped away, the warrant says.

The chase went along Interstate 40 until the Mercury ran over stop sticks and went down the Aviation Boulevard exit. The car clipped a Jeep before crashing into a guardrail, and Riggsbee then ran into a wooded area, authorities said.

The warrant says that authorities found $22,005 in the woods and that Riggsbee said it wasn't his.

A narcotics K-9 gave a positive alert to the seized money during a blind search of five evidence bags, according to the warrant.

Riggsbee, of 503 Sykes St., faces 15 charges stemming from the wreck and outstanding warrants in Wake, Orange, Alamance and Randolph counties. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $148,150 secured bond.

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  • dono422 Mar 5, 2010

    Why do drug dealers drive cars that scream "look at me I'm a drug dealer"? Good job law enforcement, more money for the State.

  • dare107 Mar 5, 2010

    OOOOO that money now belongs to the DEA, It is illegal to have more than $10,000 in cash without a CTR (cash transaction report) and most dopers just don't worry about them!!!LOL

  • dookie4life Mar 5, 2010

    tater salad, your post is relevant to this situation how? so much anti-law enforcement here, its ridiculous.

    It is illegal to have more than 10,000 dollars on you at one time. If you do without valid reason, some kind of note from bank or something giving reason, then it is subject to seizure.

  • oftenbad Mar 5, 2010

    drh3102...careful what you wish for! Re-read the part that says a drug K9 hit on the money. Therefore there was some amount of "narcotics" on the money. How else do you think the drug money is seized?

  • drh3102 Mar 5, 2010

    It was not his money. It is mine. To prove it I can ID it! It is American U.S. Currency, with pictures of dead presidents on it, right? See it is mine! I will come by the station and pick it up tomorrow. Please have it ready I want to go out to dinner and a movie.

  • Tater Salad Returns Mar 5, 2010

    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/2299766/

    This is the same deputy who was involved in a wreck going double the posted speed limit and sent a woman to the hospital