Narcotics Agents Seize $4,500 from Man Stopped with Six Adderall Pills
Police in Tuscaloosa seized a little more than $4,500 from a man who was pulled over for a headlight violation after a search of his person allegedly turned up six Adderall pills, according to court documents filed this week.
According to a Fruits of Crime Forfeiture suit filed Wednesday, a police officer pulled over a 23-year-old man on March 24th because the sedan he was driving had only one headlight.
The driver reportedly had an active warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous traffic ticket, and he was taken into custody without trouble.
A search of his vehicle reportedly turned up a 9-millimeter handgun, six Adderall pills and $4,517 cash.
Narcotics agents were called to the scene and the driver allegedly told them he had a prescription to take Adderall, but said he had purchased the pills found on his person from someone on the University of Alabama campus for personal use for $15 each.
The narcotics officer said in the complaint that the cash the man was carrying "smelled like marijuana and was in denominations of 1's, 5's, 10's, 20's and 100's."
The agent also noted "the money was wrinkled and did not appear to be freshly received from the bank."
The law enforcement officers seized the cash from the driver on the scene.
If the driver was charged with any criminal offenses, it was not readily evident in public court records Friday. It is the general policy of the Tuscaloosa Thread to only identify suspects by name if they are accused of felony offenses, so the driver's name will not be shared here.
It is now the responsibility of the 23-year-old driver to prove to a judge that the money seized was obtained without violating Alabama state law.
If the judge rules that the asset seizure was appropriate, the funds will be split between the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force and the county district attorney's office.
WANTF typically seizes several hundred thousand dollars from suspected drug dealers every year. The seizures are filed as civil suits, and some people whose money or other property is forfeited are never charged with a crime.