A traffic stop on Highway 183 in January led to the seizure of more than $40,000 in cash.
At 2:15 p.m. Jan. 6, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 183 near milepost 197.
According to Brown County Attorney David Streich, the trooper received permission to search the vehicle, and discovered $40,807 in cash, the majority of which was found in a bag.
Streich said both vehicle occupants denied to the trooper any knowledge of the cash located in the bag. The trooper, per state statute, then seized the currency.
Streich said the state of Nebraska has filed a complaint for forfeiture, and a hearing has been scheduled for March in Brown County District Court.
The county attorney said, if no one steps forward to claim the funds, 50 percent would be disbursed to schools in Brown County, and 50 percent would be placed into the county’s drug fund to be used for drug enforcement and education.
From KBRB Radio.