Traffic stop at Turnpike Haysville exit yields $47,427

10/30/2013 12:09 PM

10/30/2013 12:10 PM

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.

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service