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Traffic Stop Yields $22,000 Cash

Posted March 18, 2008

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— Police found more than $22,000 cash during a DWI checkpoint stop in Raeford Tuesday.

The driver, Daniel Cruz, of 658 Scurlock School Road, was found to have a small amount of powder cocaine in his pocket. The passenger, Santollo Arrizon of 10528 Red Springs Road, was found to be holding two bundles of cash worth $8,000. A search of the vehicle turned up an additional $14,840 concealed within the rear seat.

Hoke County Sheriff’s deputies seized the vehicle and took Cruz into custody. Arrizon was released pending further investigation.

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  • Common Sense Man Mar 19, 2008

    "Seizure laws, before any conviction or even a day in court for that matter, are totally unconstitutional."

    Really? Does the supreme court rule them unconstitutional or you?

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Mar 19, 2008

    Amen, Steve, I couldn't have said it any better. Seizure laws, before any conviction or even a day in court for that matter, are totally unconstitutional.

  • tbajr Mar 19, 2008

    Our government's system of legal robbery.

  • doogaad Mar 18, 2008

    Who in their right mind carries $22,000 cash on them?
    Well, it's not illegal but it is suspicious

  • coolwill Mar 18, 2008

    See what you could earn doing the work that America legal citizens want to do.

  • TarHeel Undergrad Mar 18, 2008

    I'd like to find a wallet that can hold $20,000.

    And no, just walking down the street, they will not stop you and take your $20,000 without probable cause to stop you in the first place.

    Who in their right mind carries $22,000 cash on them? It sounds illegal to me.

  • tallboy4372 Mar 18, 2008

    "I shouldn't have to prove ANYTHING about ANY legal item that is in my possession. And the police should have no right to take something of mine until they have proof beyond a reasonable doubt that it is illegally in my possession"

    First of all, if you have $20,000 in your possession, it is not a legal item and you are possessing it illegally. It is against the law to carry more than $10,000 in cash without a CTR, cash transaction receipt, from the bank. So police CAN legally seize the money and it's up to you to prove where you got it from, because most people don't carry $20,000 in cash around, they use a bank. Dope dealers Dont!!!

  • Steve Crisp Mar 18, 2008

    Wrong.

    Police can seize any amount of cash they find to be suspicious when they stop you. You could be walking down the street minding your own business, committing no crime at all, and if they find (say) $20,000 in your wallet, they can take it. Then they can keep it until you PROVE to them that you came upon it legitimately. And if you don't, can't, or won't, they keep it and you don't get it back.

    But hey...y'all just really love that liberal Supreme Court that has manufactured laws out of thin air for decades now, don't you?

  • Common Sense Man Mar 18, 2008

    "But they said that cocaine was found in the car, so since drugs are involved, that automatically lets them seize the money and the car."

    Not necessarily. They found a small amount of cocaine in the car. Can't take the money for usage amounts of drugs.

  • smcallah Mar 18, 2008

    But they said that cocaine was found in the car, so since drugs are involved, that automatically lets them seize the money and the car.

    If the man had only been charged with DWI and had no drugs in the car, then you would have a point, and then again, they wouldn't have legally been able to confiscate his money.

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