Workers Stumble on $130,000 in Cold Cash

Highway workers cleaning up Indiana Interstate find money

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009  |  Updated 3:13 PM CDT
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Workers Stumble on $130,000 in Cold Cash

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Indiana highway workers found a tire along an Interstate freeway that was stuffed with what authorities suspect is drug money.

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Federal authorities have taken custody of more than $130,000 in cold, hard cash, found by three highway workers cleaning up litter alongside Interstate 70, near Mount Comfort, Ind. -- just east of Indianapolis.

State Police say the cash, found stuffed in a tire on the side of the road, was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after it was thawed out and counted. The cash totaled $130,120.

Authorities suspect the cash found Friday may be drug money and that a police dog found the scent of drugs on it.

Customs agency spokeswoman Gail Montenegro said if no one claims the cash it will become the property of the U.S. government.

 

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