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Wednesday, April 21, 2004
 
So you're walking along...
and you find a backpack containing $500,000 in cash. What do you do?

Dan and Jane Gerth called the cops.
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.

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.
OK. So far it makes sense.
Sheriff Frank Rogers said investigators believe the money was part of an international drug transaction. Taber was charged with money-laundering.
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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.
Say what? The Gerths are making a claim on the money? Well one would think that this would get laughed out of court, but...
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.

"It's not like this happens every day," Sloan said
Ummm guys... Drug money is drug money. You're going to lose.

So the moral of the story... When you find a 1/2 Million Bucks Cash sitting in the woods, don't call the cops. ;)
 
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