BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - A New Jersey man has come forward to try and claim nearly $1.5 million in cash that was seized from a tractor-trailer in Baldwin County.
Investigators said on September 5, officers stopped a bob-tailed semi truck on south bound I-65 at the 38 mile marker.
During an inspection of the vehicle, officials said they found $ 1,444,726 in cash bundled in several duffel bags.
Investigators said the driver claimed he knew nothing about the money.
Authorities, however, said the driver later changed his story and made a statement about the money.
The man claiming the cash, whose name FOX10 is withholding for safety reasons, said he has spoken with Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputies.
The man claims he had hired a truck driver to deliver the money to Texas in order to purchase several trailers, vehicles, and antique car parts for his business.
“It doesn’t look good because, you know, $1.4 million being hauled or transported,” said the man. “But again there's nothing illegal about that. I didn't tell the driver what money was in there or what he was pulling. If I would have said something to him he wouldn't go where he was going. He would have gone to his house.”
The man said he did not trust banks, adding that they could only insure up to $250,000. He also said he was trying to save money by using a truck driver instead of an armored car.
Investigators said the man’s story has been difficult to follow and said there are several holes in it.
Deputies said they are just waiting for some proof and have asked the man to travel to South Alabama to meet with them.
The man said he declined out of fear since the sheriff’s office announced it believes the cash is tied to drug activity.
“I don't want to go down there because that's $1.4 million that their considering drug money,” said the man.
He claims that he intends to seek legal representation in south Alabama and intends to send tax documents to investigators.
In the meantime, investigators with the BCSO and the Department of Homeland Security are working to trace the bills and check the cash for drugs.
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