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Feds seize $1 million in truck on I-10

MOBILE (AP) — Federal agents confiscated $1 million in cash concealed in a pickup truck stopped for speeding by Alabama state troopers on Interstate 10, authorities said.

Tom Wade, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s agent in Mobile, said the stacks of $20 bills packed in a concealed compartment were turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service. He said cash can be confiscated if investigators believe it was associated with criminal activity, but that $1 million is a “significant” seizure for such a traffic stop.

The truck driver, whose name was not released, was not charged or taken into custody. A trooper confiscated the cash, handed the driver a printed receipt and called the DEA, troopers said. Wade said Wednesday the DEA is investigating where the driver began his trip and his final destination.

Officials said the driver could claim the cash and try to get it back through the courts.

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