A Sedgwick County sheriff’s unit seized $47,427 in cash in a traffic stop earlier this month, an official disclosed Wednesday.
Sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said the Sheriff’s Office was limited in what it could say about the case but in a prepared statement said investigators seized the money “believing it to be the proceeds of criminal activity.”
More investigation determined that the driver was a suspect in a Wichita Police Department theft-by-deception case, the Sheriff’s Office said. The office gave this account:
At 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11, the sheriff’s Interdiction Unit, which often focuses on interstates, stopped a GMC pickup at the Haysville Turnpike exit for traffic violations. The driver, a Wichita man, was arrested, and the vehicle was searched, leading deputies to find the cash. The Sheriff’s Office and Wichita police jointly investigated, and the driver was charged with theft by deception on Oct. 22.
The $47,427 is being held pending court hearings.