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Sheriff's officers then replaced the cash with rubber gloves, blankets, gas masks and other items from their patrol cars and staked out the spot where the backpack was found in a ditch.OK. So far it makes sense.
Oroville-area resident David L. Taber Jr., 35, was arrested when he drove up and collected the backpack later that day, sheriff's officers said.
Sheriff Frank Rogers said investigators believe the money was part of an international drug transaction. Taber was charged with money-laundering.Say what? The Gerths are making a claim on the money? Well one would think that this would get laughed out of court, but...
If Taber is unable to prove legitimate ownership, the result could be an unprecedented legal test between the claims of the Gerths and drug detectives over ownership of the money, Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan said.
Sloan and others said they don't know of any Washington court case that has decided whether the forfeiture law trumps the found-property law.Ummm guys... Drug money is drug money. You're going to lose.
"It's not like this happens every day," Sloan said
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